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Frenchman
     

Frenchman

by Elizabeth Hand
 

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The signs are everywhere. A stripper's mutilated corpse. Prophecies scrawled on a highway overpass. The living dead interred in homemade coffins beside a freezing river. Darkness visible is stalking Seattle's sexual underground, and the police can't stop it.

Frank Black quit the Bureau and moved his wife and daughter to Seattle to keep them safe. But it may be

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The signs are everywhere. A stripper's mutilated corpse. Prophecies scrawled on a highway overpass. The living dead interred in homemade coffins beside a freezing river. Darkness visible is stalking Seattle's sexual underground, and the police can't stop it.

Frank Black quit the Bureau and moved his wife and daughter to Seattle to keep them safe. But it may be too late. As the millennium approaches, the darkness only he can see has followed him. Now, Frank Black and the enigmatic Millennium Group are pitted against a tormented serial killer whose visions mirror Frank's own: the death throes of a world - our world - spinning into the abyss.

Based on the highest-rated pilot in Fox television history, this premier Millennium novelization by award-winning author Elizabeth Hand, captures the vision and excitement of the original script by The X-Files creator, Chris Carter.

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VOYA - Judy Sasges
When the body of a Seattle stripper is found, sans head and fingers, the police are appalled at the viciousness of the crime. Following the discovery of another mutilated body, they know a serial killer is on the loose. Enter Frank Black, newly relocated to Seattle and an investigator who works with the underground Millennium group, a secret organization dedicated to fighting the forces of darkness. Frank has visions of both murderer and victim. He can solve the crime but must first gain the confidence of the police without disclosing his psychic ability. This novel, based on the TV show pilot, is a fast, sometimes brutal read. There is no depth to any of the characters, the situation is standard television, and the resolution is intended to hook the viewer/reader into coming back for more. There is implied sleazy sex (the scenes with the stripper), gore (victims buried alive with their eyes and mouths sewn shut), and a psycho who preys on those he deems immoral. There is an abundance of violent imagery as both Frank and the Frenchman, the perpetrator, share their visions. Neither Frank nor the Frenchman exhibit any intriguing personality traits. In fact, the Frenchman, with his warped view of saving the world, is the kind of character found in the far more developed novels of King and Koontz. The ending here is abrupt, and loose ends are left dangling. Two chapters of the next installment are included as teasers. Unless the reader is a fan of the series, there is nothing to recommend this novel. The Millennium group remains an intentional shadow, and the reader is never quite sure what the group represents. Frank's family is obviously in danger because of his association with the Millennium, but that will be addressed in a future novel (the foreshadowing is impossible to miss). The murderer is apprehended in a way that would happen only on TV. Although there are several Millennium Web sites to support its popularity, pass on this marketing ploy unless you have series watchers who want to rehash old plots-this is a case where the movie, or, rather TV episode, must be better than the book. The few people I know who watch the series had no interest in reading this novelization. VOYA Codes: 2Q 2P S (Better editing or work by the author might have warranted a 3Q, For the YA with a special interest in the subject, Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061058004
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/15/1997
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
4.19(w) x 6.77(h) x 0.74(d)

Meet the Author

A New York Times notable and multiple award– winning author, Elizabeth Hand has written seven novels, including the cult classic Waking the Moon, and short-story collections. She is a longtime contributor to numerous publications, including the Washington Post Book World and the Village Voice Literary Supplement. She and her two children divide their time between the coast of Maine and North London.

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