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World Fantasy Award-winner Cady's (The Sons of Noah and Other Stories) disappointing horror novel about street people battling a serial killer of young women in Seattle is clearly, if loosely, based on that city's real-life Green River killings. The unnamed narrator (a well-to-do former actor) and four of his companions (including a Vietnam vet and an ex-nun), who live in an abandoned church called "The Sanctuary," are five of fiction's most unlikely street people. In order to track the murderer, for example, the narrator is somehow able to transform himself into any identity he chooses, including those of a 58-year-old Yankee dowager and a black jazz musician. Even if Cady is making use of the conventions of the antinovel in order to present characters that readers won't easily identify with and a "reality" that need only approximate the real, the narrator's many forays into deep-cover roles are a distractingly unconvincing element. The narrator's almost sing-song street-talk narration ventures into overblown didacticism at times, too. By the time the killer has a final face-off with the Sanctuary dwellers, readers will be checking their watches, not their pulses.
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A serial killer is stalking young women in Seattle. When two girls from the neighborhood disappear, a group of street people, all heroic misfits led by a former actor, band together to flush out the murderer. As the eyes and ears of the street, the group soon fixes on a suspect. The ex-actor cleverly impersonates different characters to entrap the killer, and a deadly cat-and-mouse game ensues. Cady's novel is a gem. Atmospheric, poetic, and at times almost mystical, it movingly depicts the street people as saviors, providing a unique twist to the conventional suspense novel without sacrificing any heart-stopping thrills. A worthwhile addition to both general fiction and mystery collections; highly recommended.
Eric W. Johnson, Teikyo Post Univ. Lib., Waterbury, Ct.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 212 pages
  • Publisher: St Martins Pr; 1st edition (October 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312114559
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312114558
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,284,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on March 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Street is a prose poem about a disparate group of homeless, including a televsion actor, an ex-nun, a sword wielding son of Virginia aristocrats, a Vietnam vet whose only public pronouncements are "Symptomatic Nerve Gas!" and "Felony Assualt!", and a poet who band together to battle a mass murderer.

Corpses decorated with black ribbons have been turning up all over Seattle. Until now, it has been a police matter. The unlikely quintet, galvanized by the disappearance of a young girl they know, discern the murderer's identity and attempt to bring him to heel, triggering a nerve jangling game of cat and mouse. The outcome remains uncertain until the final page.

Cady's language is quirky and beautiful, his characters vivid and well-drawn. The Street of the title comes to life within these pages, as much a character as any of the colorful human protagonists. If you've never read Cady before, this is a good one to start with, virtually ensuring that you'll go on to sample the rest of his outstanding work.
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Welcome to "Street" which details a story that needs to be told, and since this story has already happened, it is now the time to tell it. And it’s up the unnamed, and unreliable, narrator to tell this tale from the beginning, and the beginning starts way before the story starts. This is when two idealistic young actors, just starting their careers, and in love, first discover "The Dutch Reformed Church", founded in 1901, and now called "The Sanctuary". Then the lovers split, the girl goes to great success, the boy grows to manhood doing primary commercials until something he does is replicated by a serial killer.

Because in this city a serial murderer is running rampant, influenced no doubt by the then current Green River Killer, and has claimed forty victims, so far, over the years. Many of the victims of this killer have come from the neighborhood of the church, and now, another victim has turned up, and another young woman has disappeared.

So, now after his complete breakdown, the young idealistic young man having now grown into an old man, and who is now homeless. He is now joined with an ex-nun; a misfit young man who wields a broadsword and who loves the Virgin Mary; a black man and poet; and an ex-vet who shouts at people on street corners. Homeless all, and all being a new tightly-bound family unit living and existing at The Sanctuary, all of whom will come to actively look for the missing girl.

As the novel progresses this novel's motley crew decide to become more proactive in its approach, and while they ain’t the Baker Street Irregulars, they'll just have to do. Our nameless narrator will then decide to put his acting skills to good use as he takes on new roles and characters to follow suspects and to investigate clues.
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