Green River Rising by Tim Willocks

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On the day Dr. Ray Klein wins his parole, the disciplinary perfection of Green River Penitentiary in Texas is torn apart by riot - more a tribal war - of unimaginable ferocity. As the inmates take over, the River sucks all inside further toward the abyss. Klein must choose. He must either claim his freedom and abandon his friends and the woman he loves to die, or he must risk all and fight.

"Green River Rising" is a thriller that grabs you at the outset and imprisons you in the iron grip of its headlong plot until the final page. It is also an intelligent, literate, philosophical novel about choice, courage, and love - the dark, violent, sexy story of one man's moral choices in the amoral maelstrom.

 

About Tim Willocks

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Published January 1, 1994 by Morrow. 348 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror, Crime. Fiction

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A debut thriller set in a Texas prison by a young British psychiatrist who has never been to Texas, or to a prison.

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Publishers Weekly

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Willocks coats his narrative with a glaze of intellectuality that's cracked with pretentions: in one scene, Klein and Hobbes discuss fate and free will in terms that should make a coffeehouse poseur blush (``Even the man before the firing squad has a choice,'' said Hobbes.

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Entertainment Weekly

and the supply room, where crew chief Nev Agry, the baddest inmate of all, coaxes two sociopaths into helping him initiate the riot, the spark of which is Agry's love for his male prison ''wife.'' Okay, fun isn't the right word for this bumpy — and, it turns out, very fiery — trip thro...

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Los Angeles Times

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"Green River Rising" is a love story that involves mass rape, sexual mutilations, drunken binges, lots of dope, 32 murders and, when the passion finally cools, leaves 348 people in the hospital.

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Los Angeles Times

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"Green River Rising" is a love story that involves mass rape, sexual mutilations, drunken binges, lots of dope, 32 murders and, when the passion finally cools, leaves 348 people in the hospital.

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The Independent

Or, as Willocks might say, with his fondness for emphatic physical imagery - even thoughts come in spasms - it rams the point home.

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People

Finally, though, Ray Klein wades in deeper, as the reader will do as well: "A moment came when you had to put aside the kind of knowledge Devlin had such command of—the genetics and biochemistry and the psychodynamics—and just stand in the shoes of the madman and take a look for yourself."

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