Songwriter/musician Greg Kihn got deservedly great notices for his first thriller, Horror Show
, a delightfully nasty parody of the Hollywood schlock scene, and he should have a similar success with Shade of Pale
. As psychiatrist Jukes Wahler searches the darker streets of New York for his missing sister and her abusive fashion photographer boyfriend, he encounters a devilish crew of Irish terrorists and Celtic ghosts. Like his hit songs Jeopardy
and Breakup Song
, Kihn's prose is pungent, pithy, and rich with buried meanings.
From Library Journal
Psychiatrist Jukes Wahler has just seen a banshee?the mythical Irish female grim reaper. He is not alone in his sighting; a patient, DeClan Loomis, has also seen her. So begins this new thriller from Kihn (Horror Show, LJ 6/1/96). The banshee has crossed the ocean to seek out those who victimize others. She is the avenger of wronged women, and the latest New York strangler is at the top of her hit list. Meanwhile, Wahler's sister, Cathy, who enjoys being victimized, is missing, and Padriac O'Connor, an Irish terrorist, seeks the banshee for his own twisted purposes. Not enough? Throw in a psychic police officer and a beautiful scholar of Irish mythology and you have Kihn's second novel. Despite the predictable plot and two-dimensional characters, it's fast-paced and entertaining. Recommended for larger public libraries.?Georgia Panos, Johnson Cty. Lib. System, Leawood, Kan.
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