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The thrilling prequel to the bestselling Skull Session, published for the first time in the United States.

The New Jersey State Police had started calling him Howdy Doody, after the famous TV puppet of the 1950s. Three people killed in northern New Jersey, then three in Manhattan and another in the Bronx, in a thirteen-month period. And all of them hung up with strings attached to their limbs, like puppets. Finally the murderer was caught in New York City. Or so it seems—until ...

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Overview

The thrilling prequel to the bestselling Skull Session, published for the first time in the United States.

The New Jersey State Police had started calling him Howdy Doody, after the famous TV puppet of the 1950s. Three people killed in northern New Jersey, then three in Manhattan and another in the Bronx, in a thirteen-month period. And all of them hung up with strings attached to their limbs, like puppets. Finally the murderer was caught in New York City. Or so it seems—until State Police detective Mo Ford finds another victim, killed and arranged in exactly the same way. Is it a copycat crime, or did the police catch the wrong man? Mo's theory about what happened soon expands to involve U.S. intelligence agencies and a horrific experiment with human beings. With so many forces behind the scenes, who is the real puppet master?

A Times of London bestseller

• A WH Smith Read of the Week

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Editorial Reviews

Daily Mirror
"Four stars! Puppets is a fast, intriguing story bolstered by real substance in its study of the dodgy things governments do...Combined with the mind games of a classic manhunt and a splash of romance, it''s got pretty much all you could ask for. Excellent stuff!"
Mail on Sunday
"Part medical investigation, part Gothic chiller, with a singularly explosive ending."
Booklist (starred review)
"Gripping. a first-rate thriller with a killer combination of wit, grit, and gore."
Library Journal
It’s not as gore-filled as Walk This Way: The Autobiography of Aerosmith (Harper, 2003), but it’s close. Mo Ford is a veteran New York State Police homicide detective hunting a killer who strings his victims on wires like marionettes. Weary and run-down from his own personal and professional baggage, Ford pegs the killer as copycatting the Howdy Doody murderer who was put away years ago. Or was he? How could a copycat know about the same kinds of knots to use? Alarm bells go off for Ford when he’s ordered to report his findings to an FBI agent. The more he intuits, the more he suspects an inside job, or at least one related to some old military mind-control experiments gone awry. (Think about it: puppets are the last word in “control.”) While Hecht provides enough gross-out details to satisfy any torture-porn seeker, this is no schloxploitation but a riveting, well-paced mystery. Hecht’s novels starring psychic/psychiatrist/sleuth, Cree Black (Land of Echoes, City of Masks, and Bones of the Barbary Coast) are also well worth reading.

(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582344959
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 7/11/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Hecht is the author of the bestselling Skull Session and Puppets; The Babel Effect; and two novels in the Cree Black series, City of Masks and Land of Echoes. He lives in Montpelier, Vermont.

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  • Posted November 22, 2013

    bad formatting

    this probably would have been an interesting book but the formatting ruined it. Run together words and sentences made it hard to read. This sloppy formatting is not what I am used to from Barnes & Nobel.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    powerful police procedural

    In 1999 in White Plains, New York, New York State Police Detective Morgan ¿Mo¿ Ford and his partner Mike St. Pierre become involved with the useof deadly force. Mo kills violent rape suspect Big Willie, the cop¿s second deadly incident. Though exonerated, Mo¿s boss Marden warns him to watch his butt as Westchester County DA Flannery wants to hang him. Marden approves sick leave so Mo can recover from the injuries he received from the refrigerator built Big Willie. --- Before Mo can go on leave, he is asked by White Plains Police to come to a murder scene. To his chagrin, the victim Daniel O¿Connor is strung up with the same M.O. employed by the Howdy Doody serial killer who murdered thirteen people in the New York-New Jersey area. However, the FBI arrested the Howdy Doody Killer three months ago. Mo wonders if there is copy cat murderer or if the wrong person is behind bars. Meanwhile Flannery tells Mo he wants him on the case because if something goes wrong he has the perfect fall guy. --- This reprint of a powerful police procedural will have readers up late in a one sitting read from the moment Mo chokes Big Willie out for the count. The story line works on two levels, the investigation and the politics. PUPPETS is as good a serial killer tale as readers will find. An added bonus for readers is the as fascinating psychological thriller SKULL SESSION will be reprinted also.--- Harriet Klausner

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