Robb Wijnhausen, June 3, 2012 (view all comments by Robb Wijnhausen)
Written nearly 25 years ago, Koko presents a dramatized tale of 4 friends who returned from Vietnam. And, while this story isn't, on the surface, a psychological treatise, buried within the pages of this mystery/thriller is a deeper inspection of the Human Condition, the Human Psyche and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (among other things). It is, at times, a page turner, but the characters (both main and tertiary) are very well developed, which is hardly a surprise considering the author.
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crowyhead, September 15, 2006 (view all comments by crowyhead)
This is a fascinating, dark, and convoluted novel. It's a thriller, sort of, but it's very character-driven and focuses strongly on the way Vietnam has shaped the lives of the five main characters: a doctor, a lawyer, a writer, a blue collar working stiff -- and a killer.
Straub is a skillful writer; he keeps letting you think you've figured things out, and then he throws you a curveball. I spent a good portion of the last half thinking, "God, how obvious could it be?!" and feeling certain I knew who the killer was -- and then in the last 100 pages everything turned upside down.
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