Horns by Joe Hill

Book Description

January 30, 2010

Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with a thunderous hangover, a raging headache . . . and a pair of horns growing from his temples.

At first Ig thought the horns were a hallucination, the product of a mind damaged by rage and grief. He had spent the last year in a lonely, private purgatory, following the death of his beloved, Merrin Williams, who was raped and murdered under inexplicable circumstances. A mental breakdown would have been the most natural thing in the world. But there was nothing natural about the horns, which were all too real.

Once the righteous Ig had enjoyed the life of the blessed: born into privilege, the second son of a renowned musician and younger brother of a rising late-night TV star, he had security, wealth, and a place in his community. Ig had it all, and more—he had Merrin and a love founded on shared daydreams, mutual daring, and unlikely midsummer magic.

But Merrin’s death damned all that. The only suspect in the crime, Ig was never charged or tried. And he was never cleared. In the court of public opinion in Gideon, New Hampshire, Ig is and always will be guilty because his rich and connected parents pulled strings to make the investigation go away. Nothing Ig can do, nothing he can say, matters. Everyone, it seems, including God, has abandoned him. Everyone, that is, but the devil inside.

Review –
I don’t know what I expected when I started listening to this book by Joe Hill(Stephen King’s son) but what I got was a freaky, dark fantasy about a young man  waking up the morning after a drunken party with horns growing out of his head. He discovers that the horns somehow give him the power to make people do things and  when he touches them he can see all the bad things in their past. He has been blamed for the death of his girlfriend ten years earlier but his guilt could never be proven but the whole town thinks he did it. His brother, Terry, under the influence of the horns tells him who really did kill her and that sets the course for the rest of the book. It is about revenge and justice.
I liked it very much but not as much as I thought I would.
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Road Rage by Stephen King and Richard Matheson

Product Details

  • Audible Audio Edition
  • Listening Length: 2 hours and 26 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: HarperAudio
  • Audible.com Release Date: February 24, 2009
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001U2MTDS

Road Rage unites Richard Matheson’s classic “Duel” and the contemporary work it inspired–two power-packed short stories by three of the genre’s most acclaimed authors. “Duel,” an unforgettable tale about a driver menaced by a semi truck, was the source for Stephen Spielberg’s acclaimed first film of the same name. “Throttle,” by Stephen King and Joe Hill, is a duel of a different kind, pitting a faceless trucker against a tribe of motorcycle outlaws, in the simmering Nevada desert. Their battle is fought out on twenty miles of the most lonely road in the country, a place where the only thing worse than not knowing what you’re up against, is slowing down . . .

 

Review –

Richard Matheson’s story, Duel, was made into a television movie and later into a full length big screen production, starring Dennis Weaver, in 1971. I’ve seen the movie several times and it always gets my adrenaline going. The big old  tanker truck driven by a mysterious man we never see, to this day creeps me out and I try to stay from any and all trucks if im on the Interstate.  I had the audio version of this story and it was great. 

The second story was entitled Throttle also has a faceless trucker but this time he is “dueling”  an outlaw motorcycle gang and I didn’t really care for it.

 

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Cop Town by Karin Slaughter

Book Description

June 24, 2014
Karin Slaughter, author of the bestselling Will Trent novels, is widely acclaimed as “one of the best crime novelists in America” (The Washington Post). Now she delivers her first stand-alone novel: an epic story of a city in the midst of seismic upheaval, a serial killer targeting cops, and a divided police force tasked with bringing a madman to justice.Atlanta, 1974: As a brutal murder and a furious manhunt rock the city’s police department, Kate Murphy wonders if her first day on the job will also be her last. She’s determined to defy her privileged background by making her own way—wearing a badge and carrying a gun. But for a beautiful young woman, life will be anything but easy in the macho world of the Atlanta PD, where even the female cops have little mercy for rookies. It’s also the worst day possible to start given that a beloved cop has been gunned down, his brothers in blue are out for blood, and the city is on the edge of war.Kate isn’t the only woman on the force who’s feeling the heat. Maggie Lawson followed her uncle and brother into the ranks to prove her worth in their cynical eyes. When she and Kate, her new partner, are pushed out of the citywide search for a cop killer, their fury, pain, and pride finally reach the boiling point. With a killer poised to strike again, they will pursue their own line of investigation, risking everything as they venture into the city’s darkest heart.Relentlessly paced, acutely observed, wickedly funny, and often heartbreaking, Cop Town is Karin Slaughter’s most powerful novel yet—a tour de force of storytelling from our foremost master of character, atmosphere, and suspense.

Review –
This is a very well written stand-alone novel by Karin Slaughter, who is known for her Will Trent Series.
It takes place in Atlanta, Georgia in 1974 when women were new to police departments and blacks barely tolerated. It is realistic and the bad language and four letter words are plentiful but the story wouldn’t be realistic without them. 
A fantastic read and another win for Karin Slaughter,
I gave it 5 stars *****
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