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Product Details

  • Paperback: 283 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books (Mm); First Thus edition (June 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380016966
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380016969
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,585,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Rottenberg's rotten book review on November 12, 2000
Format: Paperback
Perfect for that cold day in the middle of winter, after the holidays have past, the sun dissappears after 4:40 and you're in the january doldrums...read about a man with bigger problems than you. Halahan's hero, the last resident or a building slated for demolition, keeps hearing a mysterious whooshing sound. Surrounded by an oddball motley of charachters - his next door neighbor boasts of his excommunication; the saner charchters have already left the building, or have mysteriously vanished - the hero looses a sense of the ordered world, and soon of anything else but his imminent doom. And that's only half the story - as an English historian combs the New York area looking for the last descendants of a colonial-era merchant named Joseph Tulley. Neither plot has anything to do with the other - it seems - but you won't mind since much of the book succeeds without your having to know what it's about. Instead, Halahan relies on an almost pure sense of dread hanging over the charachters. Though Halahan has the hero's building slated for condemnation, he positions it at the center of the coldest, darkest winter, as if it were about to fall into a black hole before a wrecking ball ever appeared. By the end, too many questions go unanswered for their to be a real twist. Still, Halahan delivers a climax so powerful, you'll never notice the difference.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 10, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is one of the best thriller books of the 70's, from the most horrifying beginning ever written to the most memorable gripping super shocking ending ever, this fascinatingly bleak creepy story will keep you on the edge of your seat. Mr. Hallahan is a brilliant writer who easily eclipses 95% of the big name hack writers who clog up the publishing market. If you're looking for a book that ranks up there with The Exorcist, Rosemary's Baby, The Other or The Shining for scares and suspense then this is the book! Believe me.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Rajagopalan on September 11, 2004
Format: Paperback
I picked this book without no knowledge of what it may bring, from the IIMA library in 1981. Term papers and assignments be damned, I could not put it down. I read it again the next year with similar effect. I am not sure what it is that rivets you - the writing is economical and powerful and since the theme stretches across time, Hallahan introduces a sense of poignancy in the inevitability of the climax that follows. I am unable to lay my hands on a copy of the book but I would rate it as the most memorable thriller I have read in the last 25 years or so. Do not miss it if you can get hold of a copy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jason T. Fetters on October 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent scary novel that deals with the occult. It shows how the sins of our past can come back and bite us in the present.
It deals with a group of New Yorkers who are all living in the same apartment complex. The apartments are about to be destoryed so everyone agrees to have one last party before they all split up and go their separate ways. At the party, Richardson, gets involved with a tarot card reading. The woman conducting the reading freaks out and is very vague that something will happen to him. Richardson, being a stubborn skeptic, dimisses it as superstitious nonesense. Then he starts hearing a strange whoosh sound that he can't identify. He thinks he's going insane as he tries to figure out what the mysterious whooshing sound can be.
Richardson seeks out his old apartment buddies to help him but no one can really tell what's happening.
This is a real page turner from William H. Hallahan, who carefully builds up the suspense page after page. Hallahan doesn't reveal the mystery or tie up any loose ends until the last two page. Then it all comes together and I couldn't predict the ending at all. I won't give it away in this review. But the ending does deliever. It makes me want to start over and re-read it to see if I can pick up on the clues the second time through. If you like your horror mixed with mystery and black magic and the occult then read The Search For Joseph Tully.
I learned about it from the lists of books in Stephen King's Danse Macabre in the back. I found it at a used bookstore. If you can find it check it out.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Veil on September 10, 2002
Format: Paperback
Joseph Hallahan has a flair for the unconventional in his writing. In The Search for Joseph Tully he manages to incorporate supernatural and genealogical themes into a very original suspense novel.
The Search for Joseph Tully has a nice sense of its own pacing. Hallahan carefully establishes a bleak mood early in the book, which he skillfully intensifies. The plot has two parallel threads: the genealogical research of a young Englishman into the family of one Joseph Tully; and the deepening feeling of foreboding experienced by a resident of an abandoned Brooklyn apartment building. The two threads are skillfully interwoven for an ending which is not so much surprising as stunning (I'm trying to keep the spoilers to a minimum here).
Hallahan is especially talented in drawing the supporting characters of the novel. The genealogical details manage to be compelling in their own right. The Brooklyn thread drags a little more, but on the whole this is a nicely calibrated work of suspense. It's truly a shame that Hallahan hasn't published more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DACampbell on July 29, 2013
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This book deserves it's sterling reputation. Hallahan packs an incredible tale into just two hundred pages. I couldn't put it down. The pace is as relentless as it is unsettling. The plot follows the paths of two apparently unrelated characters: a genealogist on the track of an English merchant's offspring at the time of the American War of Independence and a publisher in a condemned apartment block who needs to find a new place fast. What exactly do the terrible events in the Armorer's Forge in Rome, 1498, have to do with either? You'll need to read the book to find out. Add to this a fantastic roster of supporting characters all of whom supply the pieces necessary to complete the occult puzzle and its appalling denouement. You'll never think the same way about innocuous noises in the night ever again. A masterpiece.
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