“Brilliantly written. An inspired thriller. His finest work.” —The Washington Post “A masterpiece of terror.” —Los Angeles Times“Completely plotted, thickly. Koko. Peter Straub, Author Dutton Books $ (0p) ISBN a playing card with “Koko” scrawled on it, was also a member of the platoon. Koko, released in , was Peter Straub’s first solo novel since ‘s collaboration with Stephen King, The Talisman. Straub had been a.

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The sour, vindictive chapters set in Milwaukee should have been edited out of the book altogether. In this one, members of a Vietnam unit come straug in search of one of their own.

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There are some scenes in the novel– truly disturbing things, things you would never want to witness in person– that I had to read over a second time because they were handled matter-of-factly. Anonymous February 10, at 2: The fellow had virtually grilled himself to the color of a well-baked Gingerbread Boy.

She is pursued, but the small lead she has is enough, and she makes it to safety. It is also one of the darkest books I have read. It is best for one to take his or her time when reading Straub, and to not get overwhelm As is the case when I finish other Peter Straub novels, I closed Koko last night, speechless, aware that I had been, at least on a tiny level, transformed.


Noteworthy for structural and stylistic experimenting that is cleverer than it is effective, it reads like the work of a writer determined to impress college English departments the world ’round.

KOKO By Peter Straub

Peter Straub has achieved something extraordinary in Koko ; when he says that this is his strongest work, a petdr, he has his reasons.

I wanted it to be.

World Fantasy Award for Best Novel If you are looking for a serious book that delves into many issues and a mystery that will totally captivate you, this is that book. I’m not sure I feel it is; but the perception of truth certainly is, and I believe we are living in an era where that idea is very important and very destructive.

It was like reading two books into one and I strajb captivated by this. This took me on a roller coaster of a read. I’m apparently a Straub fan; I think I might even be a big Straub fan. I like to think I’d feel the same way if our positions were reversed.

Our next stop, an even unhappier establishment known as the Black Mutt and located within an ancient houseboat berthed at a riverbank, deepened this impression. It’s as good a Vietnam novel as the best of them.

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And he calls himself Koko Don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot to like about KOKO. But I do think this was at least part of the point of the novel. I would classify this book as a mystery book within a psychological thriller. It is, perhaps, the most disturbing and uncomfortable book I have ever had the “pleasure” of reading. There are times when you might find yourself wondering what bearing their individual stories have on anything.


Putney Tyson Ridge, R. I just read Koko for the second time, and had two thoughts.

The very idea of it caused real despair. I think it’s both. To ask other readers questions about Kokoplease sign up. If memory serves me correctly I bought this book based solely on my experience of reading The Talisman.

Nobody seems to be terribly certain; or if they are, Straub doesn’t allow them to express it to us; or if he does, I missed it, but if I missed it then so did Bill Sheehan, and I don’t think we did. Enjoyed your and the commenters thoughts on this quite a lot, thank you! Four American veterans of the Vietnam War believe they know who he is and just where to find him. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

As if scripted, the rest of life followed.

It is a hard cover first edition that graces my shelves. Books took him out of himself, so he read even more than earlier, a youthful habit immeasurably valuable to any writer. We have to talk a bit about Koko himself, the titular antagonist.

Meanwhile, back in America, Tina Pumo is murdered by Koko in his apartment.