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Not a book is not for the faint of heart, 'Toyer' is both poetry and, (I think any way), deep satire all wrapped up in a relentless psycho/sexual tale that is going to scare your pants off. Be warned, this is old school, dark side stuff where no concessions are made to the current batch of thought police. Some women will be critical because most of the violence is visited upon female characters (although the heroes are female too and, except for Toyer himself, the men are pretty uniformly lightweight). Moreover, everyone is liable to face some squirmy questions about themselves by the time the book has run it's course. The poetry is mostly about Los Angeles with it's gutters full or oranges and furry tennis balls and so on, and is a very nice bonus you don't get with most books in the genre. You won't have to feel guilty about reading trashy thrillers with this one, it is exquisitely written. Anyway, not to worry about the poetry; nothing long or heavy, but resonating in it's cumulative effects. The man knows LA and he has got it down here. As to satire, someone said with really good satire you can't really tell if it is or not which I guess is true here. Well, maybe it's not satire. See what I mean? Anyway, as far as I can see our culture is so over the top now that real satire is virtually impossible. Take a walk down any street in America and tell me I'm wrong.
As to the gruesome operative (no pun) facts of the story, as if their dramatic value were not enough, we are presented with the standard proposition that the enemy is really us, demanding and lapping up the gory details the way we do. And, the usual corrollary is trotted out too, that it's all the big manipulative institutions that are doing it to us.
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While others have criticized McKay's style, I found that the most intriguing element of the book. Short, spare, oddly-placed images and rhythmic pacing almost merit the word poetry. I loved his very dark, staccato interpretation of Los Angeles, fame, the media, models, escorts, actors and every other physically-obsessive cliche of that "place." Of course he is satirizing everything about southern California, including the young starlet wannabe from somewhere else. I also liked his divisions of "The Beginning," "The Middle" and "The End," since we know all playwright classes preach the mantra that you must have a . . .
The "shell" of the book was outstanding, but the content poured into it just didn't work. Peter was mesmerizing, charismatic, obsessed and physically gorgeous -- I've met people like that -- but never one who was able to perform intricate brain surgery via observation. And, Maude, what in the world happened to you in the last 100 pages? You would never have slept with a young jerk who talked his way into your house and humiliated you. And you certainly wouldn't give in to mind-vibes from a cat.
Sara Smith is unlikeable and -- another cliche -- sleeps with her editor. McKay is playing his own mind-game with us, showing us how shallow all our stereotypes are.
However . . . the book is haunting and original. Read it for the language and the erotic/sexually-smitten view of Los Angeles. Casting ideas: Rene Russo for Maude, Peter Gallagher for Toyer, Bridgit Fonda for Sara and Renee Zellwegger for Telen. Of course, you can fill the rest with vacuous beautiful people and models. I think that's Gardner's point.
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I bought this book (paperback) thinking that it would keep me up all night with suspense. Instead, I find that the characters are 2 dimensional. There is no real depth to the characters and I don't find Toyer mysterious or interesting at all.
The chapter headings get on my nerves because it introduces them by using a person's name, no numbers. If I drop my book, I'll never figure out where I left off. The author introduces characters that I don't get a chance to know or care about and then, boom! they get killed. I say, less victims more decription, flavor, feeling and most of all story. This book goes on and on with victims and drags the book down.
While reading this book, I get the feel of being in a small room because there are so many scenes where the author seems have characters housebound. This author needs to realize that we cannot visualize what they want us to see usless they use that imagination of theirs and put it onto paper. This book needed a better editor most of all.
I have a suggestion for the author on the next book, open up and describe things so we can see, smell and taste the world that your characters live in. Just because it's a thriller doesn't mean the entire book should be dark and stormy. I'm struggling to finish and waiting for the surprise ending, if I can stay awake.
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TOYER by Gardner McKay Clear your calendar, lock the doors, and fasten the seat belt in your reading chair, because Gardner McKay's brand new thriller, TOYER, will leave you wide-eyed and extremely sensitive to sudden noises. Reading McKay's depiction of a criminal sociopath matching wits with a forensic physiatrist feels like being caught in raging white water without oars. The roar of the ever approaching waterfall - the climax - increases with nearly unbearable intensity with each page. From whatever angle you consider this amazing first novel, McKay delivers. His settings are palpable, his characters three dimensional, and his timing exquisite. He draws you inside his story, inside the human psyche, and inside your own imagination. The virtual reality he creates in your head makes you forget you're reading, and sometimes, to breathe. If you like a grab-you-by-the-forelocks mystery written by a master story teller, you must experience TOYER. But don't forget to turn on the phone machine. And check the deadbolt.
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