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  • Taschenbuch: 432 Seiten
  • Verlag: Pocket; Auflage: New edition (2. Januar 2001)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0671023217
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671023218
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 17,2 x 2,9 x 10,8 cm
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James Thayer author of "Terminal Event" Allander Atlasia makes Hannibal Lecter look like a sugary little choirboy.


Greg Andrew Hurwitz's debut novel is a hard-hitting, breathtakingly suspenseful novel of a traumatised prisoner's 'impossible' escape from jail and his quest for revenge. No one has ever escaped from the Alcatraz-like 'Tower', a forbidding vertical prison surrounded by the cold Pacific waters near San Francisco. That changes with the disappearance of the brilliant, devious, and deranged Allander Atlasia, whose drive for revenge is too powerful to be contained. Damaged by a criminal sexual attack as a child, Atlasia sets out on a path of cold blooded retribution against all who have hurt him, a trail that eventually leads back to his parents. His chilling moto, repeated over each new victim, is 'see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.' Outwitted by his clever game of cat and mouse, the authorities at last concede that only someone who can get inside the mind of this pitiless serial killer can capture him. Ex-FBI agent and Private-Eye Jade Marlow, with a record of irrational behavior and violence, may be the only man who can play him at his own deadly game. Greg Andrew Hurwitz's debut thriller is tautly plotted and written in a tough hard-knocks style.

Supremely devious, The Tower will imprison readers in a world where suspense and terror reign and the hunted must turn hunter to survive.

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Von Ein Kunde am 23. Mai 1999
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I suppose that I shouldn't be surprised by the number of readers who missed the point entirely on this one, including some who gave it rave reviews. Folks, this book works because it skewers a suspense sub-genre long overdue for skewering, and with impeccable timing, I might add, given some of the breathless expressions of joy expressed by the numerous "pre-reviewers" featured under the site for Thomas Harris's "long-awaited" volume, Hannibal. Hurwitz does just about everything but club you over the head here to let you know that he intends to lampoon every convention of the disturbingly much-beloved serial killer story. First off, there's the matter of the "brilliant" and/or "genius" murderer. Uh huh. So brilliant that he, like all of the "great" ones, has spent most of his life in a maximum security prison (and in solitary confinement, no less). Then there's the issue of the vastly complex and profound psychological conditions from which these guys suffer. Right. Hurwitz's baddie has an "unresolved Oedipal complex," i.e. he wants to kill his father and have sex with his mother. This of course brings us to the matter of the "hero," in this case, Jade Marlow, the much-maligned "tracker" of Hurwitz's tale. Hello, people, could it be that the intrepid former FBI man is an over-the-top spoof of all of those ever more tiresome "profilers" of current fact and fiction? You know, the brooding, solitary, sombre, borderline obsessed guys like the fictitious Will Graham (yes, a Harris creation and therefore sacred cow) or Frank Black of TV's Millenium. Hey, there's even the supposedly real-life John Douglas of the FBI cashing in on the serial killer biz.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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Von Ein Kunde am 11. Mai 1999
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I dont know if the other people who liked this book are just dim, or havnt read any good suspense fiction. This book was a big disappointment. I bought the book based on the jackets description, hoping that the Interesting sounding maximum security prison of the title would feature prominently in the story. However, the "tower" only serves to set up the plot and has no real significance in the story. There are some interesting characters in the prision, however their appearances are quite brief. Besides this problem, the book has 3 major flaws. First, there are no likable characters in the story. The "hero", jade, is a complete a-hole. we are supposed to believe that a traumatic childhood incident made him the way he is, however it does not explain his complete and utter disdain for everyone that he comes into contact with. A high point was when he tells a distraught widow to "start dating." Lovely. Another problem with the story is the lack of suspense. Its just one big cat and mouse game until the end. You know that the ultimate confrontation wont come until the final pages of the book, because obviously there would be nothing left to write about once either the killer or the hero are disposed of. Finally, another problem with the story is the lack of any real pay -off. After suffering through the entire thing, you hope for some kind of final revelation which might reveal something interesting about either or both main characters. However, there is no final note of interest, and the story simply ends. This story does not compare to "silence" in any way. The only people who should make this comparison are the books promoters. Actually I suspect that some of these 5-star reviews were written by them! Hope jade finds a good therapit and retires early. I know a good Freudian psychotherapist who may be able to help him.
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Von Ein Kunde am 4. März 1999
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Alcatraz was a preschool facility compared to the TOWER. Like its predecessor, THE TOWER located in San Francisco Bay was to house the nation's worst criminals, a who's who of perverts and sociopaths that make the residents of Arkham Asylum appear as model citizens. Within the dregs of the TOWER, most of the guests stay clear of Allendar Atlasia, who has his own subterranean class of aberrant behavior that frighten even the most dangerous of his peers. All hell breaks loose when the impossible happens and Atlasia escapes and begins a reign of terror in the city.

The FBI uses the basic criminology theory that it takes a nut to crack a nut. They team up a former agent, who may be just as crazy as Atlasia is, Jade Marlow, with hard boiled Agent Travers. Their assignment is to put a halt, using any means possible, to Atlasia's activities. The so-called two "good guys" (Travers is female) stumble and fumble in their efforts to stop a lunatic from causing more harm.

Except for readers who relish extreme gory details with their murders, readers need to escape from the TOWER. The story line can be found in a much better format by reading the book or watching the movie version of the SILENCE OF THE LAMBS. The tour of the TOWER is interesting, but the Arkham Asylum (Batman comics) provides a more intriguing visit. The problem is the characters never make it. Jade comes across as a bumbling Crouseau and Travers fails to arrive. Atlasia is the novel, but without a genuine opposing force (Vader needed Skywalker - Star Wars not wrestling) he cannot do it alone.

Harriet Klausner
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