Deep as the Marrow

Deep as the Marrow

by F. Paul Wilson


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When the president of the United States decides to back the legalization of marijuana, organized crime leaders decide to kill him. To accomplish their ends, they coerce the president's best friend and physician to kill him for them. But in order to do this, they kidnap the doctor's daughter. HC: Forge. (Fiction--Espionage/Thriller)

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ISBN-13: 9780312862640
Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
Publication date: 03/01/1997
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.47(w) x 9.59(h) x 1.19(d)

About the Author

F. Paul Wilson is the New York Times bestselling author of horror, adventure, medical thrillers, science fiction, and virtually everything in between. His books include the Repairman Jack novels, including Ground Zero, The Tomb, and Fatal Error; the Adversary cycle, including The Keep; and a young adult series featuring the teenage Jack. Wilson has won the Prometheus Award, the Bram Stoker Award, the Inkpot Award from the San Diego ComiCon, and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Horror Writers of America, among other honors. He lives in Wall, New Jersey.

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Before the live chat, F. Paul Wilson agreed to answer some of our questions:

Q:  What authors/books influenced your writing the most?

A:  In no particular order: Lovecraft, Heinlein, Richard Matheson, Victor Hugo, Bradbury, Robert B. Parker, Poul Anderson, Chandler, Niven, Blatty, Dickens, Pohl, Kornbluth, Kuttner, Howard, and lots of others whose names escape me at the moment...anyone who grabbed my attention and wouldn't let go. I wanted to do unto others as these guys had done unto me.

Q:  What books do you like to give as gifts?

A:  Usually illustrated, anything from a Chris Van Allsberg to a William Joyce to one of the Cerebus "phone books" by Dave Sim.

Q:  What do you think the most romantic place to travel is?

A:  Paris, Paris, Paris.

Q:  Do you use a computer to write and if so, what kind of computer do you use?

A:  I bought my first computer in 1981 with money from The Keep. It was an Apple II+ with 48K of RAM (I could have upgraded to 64K but couldn't imagine what I'd do with all that RAM.) I used it to write The Tomb. I'm writing now on a Quantex 133 Pentium with a 2-GB HD and 16 MB RAM. (And it cost me less than the Apple II+.)

Q:  What books did you read as a child?

A:  I read Tom Swift Jr, Rick Brant, and any EC comic with a dinosaur or a spaceship on the cover. Rocket ships and dinosaurs defined my childhood fantasies. Want to see me as a kid? Buy a "Calvin Hobbes" collection.

Q:  What advice would you give to struggling writers?

A:  Write every day, even if you don't have anything to say. Reconstruct dialogue you've heard, describe a street or a person, etc. Keep the tools honed and ready to go.

Q:  What's your favorite line in a movie?

A:  "Run!" is in all my favorite movies.


New York Times bestselling author F. Paul Wilson has crafted Deep as the Marrow, a suspenseful, controversial thriller firmly rooted in reality. When the President of the United States announces his intent to legalize all drugs, the drug lords are determined to make sure President Winston doesn't live long enough to attend the International Drug Summit at the Hague. While security around the President is too tight for the drug lords to get to him, his personal physician and best friend, Dr. John VanDuyne, can see him at any time. And with the drug lords holding the doctor's little girl hostage, Dr. VanDuyne has some very difficult choices to make.

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Deep As the Marrow 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
LisaMaria_C on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I felt rather mixed on this one. F. Paul Wilson is known for his works of horror--this one has no element of the supernatural but rather is a work of medical suspense/political thriller. American President Thomas Winston calls for the legalization of drugs such as marijuana, cocaine and heroine. A Columbian drug lord, Carlos Salinas, is fearful he could succeed and destroy the very basis of the illegal drug trade. Salinas sets out to assassinate the president through his personal physician, John Van Duyne, having the doctor's six-year-old daughter kidnapped to force him to cooperate.I got this book years ago and remember enjoying it, and was reviewing it recently to decide whether or not to cull it to free up space in my library. It wasn't a good sign that I couldn't remember a thing about it before opening the book again. I'm actually a proponent of drug legalization for many of the reasons Wilson lays out in the book. Nor do I feel it's very preachy in that regard, but I did feel the story was written more to argue for the pro-legalization position rather than growing organically from the premise. I might not have felt that way if so many details didn't feel dated. For instance, the president is counting on the support of Milton Friedman, the famous Nobel Prize winning economist and a former adviser to Ronald Reagan and famed conservative William F. Buckley of National Review. Both men did hold the views presented, but both are also very much dead. Beyond that, I thought the plot got more and more convoluted and far-fetched as the book went along. I'm not saying this is a turkey. It's by and large a well-written book with likable characters, thought-provoking arguments, and a suspenseful climax. But not, I decided, a keeper.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
F. Paul Wilson has never ceased to amaze me with his novels. Its a classic page turner that keeps you interested at all points within the story. Really touches upon the morals of a human being with heartwrenching effect. I give it 5 stars no doubt!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A very fast paced novel that held my attention throughout. Really was good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the greatest, most action-packed F. Paul Wilson book I have ever read! I absolutely recommend this book to anyone who wants a medical thrillride!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Even though I've read most of Mr. Wilson's work, Deep as the Marrow is an outstanding, fast-paced, pulse-pounding, on-the-edge-of-your-seat thriller that will keep you hooked from beginning to end. I literally couldn't put it down. Fantastic and highly recommened!!! Buy this book! You won't be disappointed. It's worth every penny.