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Red by Jack Ketchum

Red by Jack Ketchum: justice is meted out by a wronged pet owner in this novel.

Jack Ketchum is know for his graphic and disturbing novels. I've only read one other of his novels - The Lost - and I definitely found it to be disturbing. Nothing positive happened in that book at all. With Red, however, I found it not to be nearly as heavy and really enjoyed reading it.

The Red in the title is Av Ludlow's old dog. While out fishing with Red, three boys come along and try to rob Av. When he doesn't have any money on him, they kill Red. The rest of the novel is about Av's quest for justice for Red's murder and the escalating violence that this leads to.

I certainly couldn't recommed this for all readers. It's definitely not a light book and the subject matter could be upsetting to a lot of readers. If you like horror novels, though, it's a damn good one. There's also a novella included called "The Passenger", about a kidnapped defense attorney, that I really enjoyed as well.

(Finished on August 7, 2003 for Zuly’s Reading Room.)

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I might like this book. If someone hurt any of my kitties, I would have to hurt them back, so I know where this guy is coming from!

.: Christine M. said on August 8, 2003 12:29 AM :: link it :.

Mark and I sell books online, and we just found an autographed copy of The Lost at the thrift store!

.: Danelle said on August 9, 2003 09:24 PM :: link it :.

This isn't one that I myself, would read, but I'll pass it along to a couple of girlfriends who like horror. Thanks for the review! :)

.: witchy said on August 10, 2003 02:15 PM :: link it :.

You're too early! Come back at August 7, 2003 11:28 PM to see this post.

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