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Koko KOKO Only four men knew what it meant Now they must stop it They are Vietnam vets a doctor, a lawyer, a working stiff, and a writer Very different from each other, they are nonetheless linked by a shared history and a single shattering secret Now, they have been reunited and are about to embark on a quest that will take them from Washington, DC to the graveyards and fleshpots of the Far East to the human jungle of New York, hunting someone from the past who has risen from the darkness to kill and kill and kill


About the Author: Peter Straub

Peter Straub was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on 2 March, 1943, the first of three sons of a salesman and a nurse The salesman wanted him to become an athlete, the nurse thought he would do well as either a doctor or a Lutheran minister, but all he wanted to do was to learn to read.When kindergarten turned out to be a stupefyingly banal disappointment devoted to cutting animal shapes out of heavy colored paper, he took matters into his own hands and taught himself to read by memorizing his comic books and reciting them over and over to other neighborhood children on the front steps until he could recognize the words Therefore, when he finally got to first grade to find everyone else laboring over the imbecile adventures of Dick, Jane and Spot See Spot run See, see, see he ransacked the library in search of pirates, soldiers, detectives, spies, criminals, and other colorful souls, Soon he had earned a reputation as an ace storyteller, in demand around campfires and in back yards on summer evenings.This career as the John Buchan to the first grade was interrupted by a collision between himself and an automobile which resulted in a classic near death experience, many broken bones, surgical operations, a year out of school, a lengthy tenure in a wheelchair, and certain emotional quirks Once back on his feet, he quickly acquired a severe stutter which plagued him into his twenties and now and then still puts in a nostalgic appearance, usually to the amusement of telephone operators and shop clerks Because he had learned prematurely that the world was dangerous, he was jumpy, restless, hugely garrulous in spite of his stutter, physically uncomfortable and, at least until he began writing horror three decades later, prone to nightmares Books took him out of himself, so he read eventhan earlier, a youthful habit immeasurably valuable to any writer And his storytelling, for in spite of everything he was still a sociable child with a lot of friends, took a turn toward the dark and the garish, toward the ghoulish and the violent He found his first effect when he discovered that he could make this kind of thing funny.As if scripted, the rest of life followed He went on scholarship to Milwaukee Country Day School and was the darling of his English teachers He discovered Thomas Wolfe and Jack Kerouac, patron saints of wounded and self conscious adolescence, and also, blessedly, jazz music, which spoke of utterance beyond any constraint passion and liberation in the form of speech on the far side of the verbal border The alto saxophone player Paul Desmond, speaking in the voice of a witty and inspired angel, epitomized ideal expressiveness, Our boy still had no idea why inspired speech spoke best when it spoke in code, the simultaneous terror and ecstasy of his ancient trauma, as well as its lifelong so far, anyhow legacy of anger, being so deeply embedded in the self as to be imperceptible, Did he behave badly, now and then Did he wish to shock, annoy, disturb, and provoke Are you kidding Did he also wish to excel, to keep panic and uncertainty at arm s length by good old main force effort Make a guess So here we have a pure but unsteady case of denial happily able to maintain itself through merciless effort Booted along by invisible fears and horrors, this fellow was rewarded by wonderful grades and a vague sense of a mysterious but transcendent wholeness available through expression He went to the University of Wisconsin and, after opening his eyes to the various joys of Henry James, William Carlos Williams, and the Texas blues rocker Steve Miller, a great joyous character who lived across the street, passed through essentially unchanged to emerge in 1965 with an honors degree in English, then an MA at Columbia a year later He thought actual writing was probably beyond him even though actual writing was probably what he was best at down crammed he many and many a book, stirred by



10 thoughts on “Koko

  1. Maciek Maciek says:

    Koko is a lenghty tome My paperback copy spans 640 pages and promises great things a haunting nightmare of four Vietnam veterans, reunited 15 years after the war, thrust back into the horrors of the war when they learn about a chain of murders comitted in Southeast Asia the murderer always leaves a playing card with the word Koko scribbled on it The word has eerie connotations for the four men they believe that


  2. Arah-Lynda Arah-Lynda says:

    It has been at least a decade since I last tried to read this book, which I had attempted before on two previous occasions And I knew how far I had gotten each time, if not by some whiff of remembering then at least by the markers I had placed where I had stopped each time It was the pure principal of the thing that fuelled my surpassing both those afore laid markers, not the prose or the characters or the story If memo


  3. Ron Ron says:

    If you ve thought about reading Koko, then Be Like Mike and Just Do It Stephen King fans may appreciate this book, and know about the connection with his friend, Peter Straub These two guys are like bookends in the horror genre At times, they even have a similar way of writing But Koko is its own thing It s not like Straub s earlier book Ghost Story saw the movie have yet to read the book To me, that was horror Koko has horrifi


  4. Dirk Grobbelaar Dirk Grobbelaar says:

    Tricksy ReviewWhere to start An uneasy read, this There is real madness to be found here A brooding, heady insanity Koko, the novel, is a disjointed, psychological, somewhat confusing affair Why then is it such a good read Well, because that is also the best way to describe half the characters in this piece of work There is certainly method to the madness here And Koko himself He s certainly a disturbed man and it rubs off This book is


  5. mark monday mark monday says:

    the atmosphere of degradation, regret, self loathing, and impending doom was pervasive and absorbing the author shows a sure hand with characterization and a steady one with narrative the identity of the killer was unsurprising but well conceived and either as an extended metaphor for What We Did Wrong in Vietnam or as an ominous tract on the depths that some men can sink in their hunger for self destruction, Koko certainly succeeds.


  6. Jon Recluse Jon Recluse says:

    This is the epitome of mystery thriller writing, penned by a master of literary fiction at the height of his powers.Four men, bonded by the horrors of war, reunite to hunt one of their own, when a series of brutal killings a world away leads them back into their shared pasts, to face the specter that haunts them all..KOKO.A dense, complex book that showcases all of Straub s impressive skills as a wordsmith, disassembling and recreating the world aroun


  7. Bill Khaemba Bill Khaemba says:

    Finally finished it Buddy Read with the awesome The Eclectic Club It was fun ride but it had some bumps along the way Finally finished it Buddy Read with the awesome The Eclectic Club It was fun ride but it had some bumps along the way


  8. Mike Mike says:

    This has got to be one of the best thrillers I ve ever read That might sound like a backhanded compliment, especially if you happen to know that I don t read a lot of thrillers, but I don t mean it to be I m even tempted to call it the Moby Dick of thrillers it s long after all, tempestuous, a little dreamlike, it sometimes meanders, and it s about four men in the same boat even if not a literal one , chasing a dangerous and elusive figure from the past who may be a


  9. Edward Lorn Edward Lorn says:

    I m only reviewing this so that, if I ever mistakenly pick this up again in the future, I will have a warning in place to steer me to something else instead.I first read this as a stupid teenager and enjoyed it The book starts off great but then meanders into an antiquated jumble of overwrought writing and cringe worthy narration.In the narration, which is omnicient at times, and not in dialogue or a character s thoughts His yellow smile to describe an Asian person s smile I


  10. Cody | CodysBookshelf Cody | CodysBookshelf says:

    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 As per usual with Straub, this book is an experience light beach reading it is not Straub deals in and with psychology, tethering it to literary elements like human psychology, his narratives and characters are puzzles that are not so easy to complete It is best for one to take his or her time when reading Straub, and to not get o


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