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Wolf Paperback – January 1, 2004

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" Sometimes amusing, sometimes exciting, sometimes whimsical, the book is thoroughly enjoyable from beginning to end." --The Saturday Review of Literature "

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Part of our Forgotten Classics series, Terhune's WOLF, with a foreword by Wayne Lewis, is just as exciting and compelling a story now as it was back in 1925 at the time of its original publication.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: J. N. Townsend Publishing; 2 edition (January 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1880158469
  • ISBN-13: 978-1880158463
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (215 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #918,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Denise Crawford TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 4, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This novel is the 7th in the Detective Jack Caffery series and it's a winner! Do not read this unless you have read the previous 6 books so that you get the full impact of the character of Jack and what all he has gone through to this point.

Super fantastic suspense thriller chiller -- this was so creepy and good that I could not bear to put the book down even to watch the Olympics last evening. I read it cover to cover, sitting down with it after dinner, and then finishing the last few words at nearly midnight.

The narrative is told from alternating points of view and involves several plot lines, some continuing from the beginning of the series as Jack wrestles with his personal demons while also trying to solve what, at first, seems to be the pointless exercise of finding the owners of a little dog that the Walking Man has been entrusted with. Jack only agrees to do this so that the Walking Man will tell him what happened to Jack's brother Ewan who disappeared from his London home when he was just a boy -- taken by a pedophile and never found.

Meanwhile, a wealthy family is battling terror as they are held hostage and tortured in their large secluded hilltop mansion - The Turrets. Oliver and Matilda Anchor-Ferrers, in their sixties, are spending a holiday in Somerset Mendips, down from their main residence in London, as he is recovering from valve replacement surgery. They've brought their daughter, Lucia, with them as she is back living with her parents after her latest failure in work and relationships. She's completely broken and has been in and out of therapy because of a horrible event that occurred 15 years prior -- the murder of a young couple in the woods nearby.
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This is the first book of Mo Hayder's that I've read, so I didn't know what to expect. I'm a fan of thrillers and detective fiction, some of it including significant amounts of graphic violence., There is some subject matter I just prefer to skip, however, because it is so disturbing that it makes me want to shower after reading it -- with all the doors locked and the lights on. The plot of this book involves a family held hostage in their own home. There is significant mental and physical torture, including the torture (but not death) of the family dog. Anticipation of pain and death occupies fully half the novel, and pedophilia is a theme as well. When the novel's plot involves Jack Caffery trying to solve the mystery the novel is interesting, but when the novel is housebound it was hard to read. I would not have finished it, in fact, had I not committed myself to writing a review. To the author's credit, the twist at the end is neatly developed throughout the novel, not just a surprise ending tacked on at the last minute. The bottom line is that in its way this is a well-written book that I wish I'd never read. Animal lovers are strongly cautioned.
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This is the last Mo Hayder book I'll be reading.

I've been reading Hayder since Birdman was published. I was really excited to find a woman who wrote hard-edged crime fiction without delving into rom-crom (sorry for that made up word, but you know what I mean - really a romance built around a crime of some kind. more Nancy Drew than Michael Connelly). I thought Birdman and The Treatment were two of the best crime books I'd ever read - linking Jack to Penderecki was gruesome and haunting, and the crimes themselves were gut wrenching (thinking The Treatment especially here). Hayder didn't hold back on any punches; she went straight for the kidneys and kept hitting until you were spitting up blood.

+++++++++MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD, BUT NOT ABOUT PLOT, JUST OVERALL SERIES+++++++++++++++

But now the whole Penderecki thing is just wrung dry. Jack has become a caricature: the hard drinking loner who would be fired in the real world for his on-the-job cowboying. Readers have known what happened to Ewan from a few books ago, so it's not really a spoiler. Let me just say that Jack finally finds out, and it's anticlimactic.

Also, while I'm at it, for one of the kidnappers to be completely inexperienced in the realities of crime work was implausible. And the father imagining a faceless Jack (as John) was just silly, and silly doesn't work in this kind of a book.

++++++++++++++++++NO FURTHER SPOILERS+++++++++++++++++++++++++++

I'm not interested in the secondary character with the stupid name (Flea - oh how edgy! is she 12?) as a romantic interest, and I'm definitely not interested in The Walking Man as more than a rarely-used device, so when I see references to him as "the xx book in The Walking Man series" it gives me the nopes.
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Well, it was a no-brainer choosing "Dark" out of the 6 single-word options Amazon offers you to describe the mood. Though suspenseful isn't a bad choice either. The pace is slow but offers enough to keep you reading.

Dark is mostly what Mo Hayder does best, occasionally with a touch of supernatural and mysterious. In her universe, the protagonists tend to be brooding, depressed, and damaged, and harbor many secrets. Good things don't come to them, they don't have a sympathetic spouse at home or cheerful sidekick to share their burdens. And it seems like they get more bad luck than good, and most of the people who could help them are more than a little screwed up too.

The bulk of the story is a sort of hostage situation where two unknown antagonists have trapped a family in their house, with seemingly no goal other than to torment them. The family members are tough and smart enough to survive and get out the faintest cry for help... a plea that the omnipresent walking man picks up and brings to caffery.

The ending is a genuine surprise, a nice twist to cap off a mostly slow-paced book where the focus is mostly away from Caffery and his plodding efforts.

My only complaint is that the walking man shtick is getting a little old... the mystery behind him is gone, his passive-aggressive relationship with Caffery is tiring, and now he's mostly a plot device... the guy who initiates the quest in this case, or just a foil for Caffery to bounce his thoughts off of. I kind of wish the author would just do something with this character... have him lose it, kill him off, whatever.
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