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Shade of Pale Hardcover – October 15, 1997


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books; 1st edition (October 15, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312860463
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312860462
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,168,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

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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More About the Author

NBC called Greg Kihn "Rock's True Renaissance Man." His career stretches from the dawn of punk and indie rock to the discos of the 80's to the glory days of MTV. As a pioneer with the legendary Beserkley Records, he helped write the book on revolutionary west coast rock and roll.

He's toured the world, had hit records, appeared on Saturday Night Live and American Bandstand, opened for the Rolling Stones, jammed with Bruce Springsteen, won the ASCAP and Midem Awards for his worldwide #1 hit JEOPARDY and THE BREAKUP SONG, was parodied by Weird Al Yankovic, lived the rock star lifestyle to the hilt, won and lost several fortunes, and lived to tell about it. But music is only part of the story.

In the 90's Greg turned his attention to writing fiction. He published four novels, a handful of short stories in various anthologies, and edited a compilation of original fiction by famous musicians. HORROR SHOW was nominated for the prestigious Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel.

It was also in the 90's that he began his radio career. After a year of seven-midnight, Greg spent sixteen years hosting the top-rated morning show for KFOX radio in San Jose/San Francisco. He also hosted and performed at the annual KIHNCERT at the Shoreline Amphitheater featuring some of the most important bands of our generation.

Greg was inducted into the San Jose Rock Hall Of Fame in 2008 and the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame in 2012.

Greg recently retained the rights to all his old recordings and is currently re-releasing his entire catalogue with the original artwork. The New Yorker recently described Greg's music as having "a high degree of intelligence and subtlety." The recent review of the Greg Kihn Band's Greatest Hits by Apple iTunes called the group "a rock band of genuine consequence." The band continues to tour with Greg's son Ry Kihn replacing Joe Satriani on lead guitar.

Greg maintains a strong Internet presence with professional website design and social media managed by Michael Brandvold Marketing. Thousands of fans engage him daily on Facebook and Twitter. Greg also retains a cutting-edge publicist, Christopher Buttner at PrthatRocks.com, the lauded San Francisco based PR agency voted Best Publicist Of The Year by the National Association of Record Industry Professionals.

RUBBER SOUL is Greg's most recent novel. This completely unique murder mystery features the Beatles as characters in the story. The idea came while interviewing original Beatles drummer Pete Best. Greg asked where the Beatles got those rare American R&B 45's that constituted their early repertoire. Pete revealed that it was from Merchant Marines who carried the records back to Liverpool from America. That gave him the inspiration for the character "Dust Bin Bob" who befriends the Beatles from their penniless early days to the height of Beatlemania. The story climaxes with an assassination attempt in Manila during their world tour in 1966.

Through interviews with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Pete Best, Geoff Emerick (engineer), Alf Bicknell (driver), Yoko Ono and Patti Harrison, Greg got invaluable insights into the inner world of the Beatles. Even though RUBBER SOUL is a work of fiction, it is 100% historically accurate.

After a lifetime of rock & roll, and decades on the road and behind the microphone, no one else but Greg Kihn could have written this story.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Thomas on November 20, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I've read this one right after Greg's first book "Horrow Show" and, once again, this one has all it takes.
He mixes up the elements of the supernatural without descending into either morbid fascination with the occult or shock, schlock and gore. Recounting the banshee myth (or at least elements thereof while taking liberties with the rest), he keeps it light, educating, entertaining and interesting. Into the mix he throws contemporary New York, hungup urbanites, grizzled cops, and the usual cast of bottom feeders. The result is endearing, facinating, fast-moving and hip entertainment.
Expect junk food for the mind in the form of light entertainment, and you will not be disappointed!
(There's only one demerit to the publisher, not the author: Who on earth wrote the book's jacket blurb? They obviously did not read the book as it grossly misstates its content!)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 15, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Greg's second book is a great improvement from his debut "Horror Show". In Horror Show you knew the ending far before the end of the book, espically if you saw Ed Wood! But Shade of Pale is a vast improvement in both writing and story. This is a fast read, but the story propells the reader along at a comfortable pace. And as the story unfolds the conclusion is arrived at just the right time. A great lazy afternoon read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John J. Rinck on January 5, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This thriller solidifies Greg Kihn's place in the halls of great writers. This book is compelling, contemporary, and sometimes downright frightening! The images that this book creates will give you an experience that a movie of this type simply cannot. Probably the most sobering aspect of this book is that it is completely plausible if you believe in legends and myths. Even if you don't, you just might after reading this!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kenneth mark allen on September 30, 1999
Format: Hardcover
AFTER READING HORROR SHOW I LOVED IT SO MUCH I WENT ON TO BIG ROCK BEAT. THEN I CAME BACK TO THIS AND BOY WAS I GLAD I DID. EXCELLENT STORY. ENJOYED LEARNING THE OLD IRISH MYTH AND AN EXCELLENT ENDING!
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