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Puppets (2001)

by Daniel Hecht

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One of those "couldn't put it down toil the end" books.
Puppets is a fast, intriguing story bolstered by real substance in its study of the dodgy things governments do...Combined with the mind games of a classic manhunt and a splash of romance, it's got pretty much all you could ask for. ( )
  velvetink | Mar 31, 2013 |
I got a signed copy :-)
A very nice thriller :-) Kept me reading, guessing who the puppeteer might be. I think that was the objective of the author, but sometimes I know who did it long before the story ends. Not in this case, however, and that is what I liked most.
The subject however is quite gruesome: changing people into murderers, experimenting on dogs. I don't want to imagine that practices like that really do exist, but to be honest, I wouldn't be very surprised if they did under the authority of government agencies.
I liked the unconventional 'hero' Mo Ford, and the way he handles things. Okay, I do get annoyed sometimes (like when Bec cmes to his house and they end up fighting because he isn't real honest), but all in all to me he is quite a sympathetic character. ( )
  BoekenTrol71 | Mar 31, 2013 |
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The New Jersey State Police had started calling him Howdy Doody, after the famous TV puppet of the 1950s. Three people killed in northern New Jersey, then three in Manhattan and another in the Bronx, in a thirteen-month period. And all of them hung up with strings attached to their limbs, like puppets, and objects arranged in geometric patterns throughout the murder scene. The murderer had been caught in New York city several months previously. Then State Police detective Mo Ford found another victim, killed and arranged in exactly the same way...Put in charge of the investigation, Mo finds himself in thrall to the DA, who has him over a barrel because of the recent accidental death of a suspect. As he investigates further, Mo begins to construct a theory that involves the US intelligence agencies and a horrific experiment with human beings. But how many puppet masters are involved?

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The New Jersey State Police had started calling him Howdy Doody, after the famous TV puppet of the 1950s. Three people had been killed in northern New Jersey, then three in Manhattan, and another in the Bronx, in a thirteen-month period. All of them were found hung up with strings attached to their limbs, like puppets. Finally the murderer was caught in New York City. But several months later, State Police detective Mo Ford finds another victim, killed and arranged in exactly the same way. Is it a copycat crime, or did the police catch the wrong man? Mo's theory about what happened soon expands to involve U.S. intelligence agencies and a horrific experiment with human beings. With so many forces behind the scenes, who is the real puppet master?… (more)

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