The Animal Hour by Andrew Klavan

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Voices invade a young woman’s head, compelling her to killWhen Nancy Kincaid comes into work, an unfamiliar woman tells her to leave. This is Nancy Kincaid’s office, the woman says, but you are not Nancy Kincaid. As Nancy protests, her memory grows fuzzy and her reason seems to slip away. None of her workmates recognize her, and she is distracted by a voice in her head that suggests she shoot them all. Ejected from her office, she collects herself in the park. A homeless man pesters her, mumbling that at eight o’clock—the animal hour—there is someone she has to kill. Over and over she tells him to leave, until she finds the pistol in her purse. She kills the bum and sets off a whirlwind of insane violence that will not stop until the animal hour comes to pass.

About Andrew Klavan

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Andrew Klavan is the author of such bestselling novels as True Crime, adapted into a film by Clint Eastwood, and Dona (TM)t Say a Word, adapted into a film starring Michael Douglas. His novels have been nominated for the Edgar Award four times and have won twice. He lives in Southern California. Visit the author's website at
Published November 15, 2011 by Road. 352 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction

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Oliver frantically looks for Zach even as Zach, coming down from a mysterious drug and looking to even childhood scores with Oliver (very King-like italicized flashbacks here), sets Oliver up by decapitating another woman in a scene of gut-wrenching cruelty.

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A cross between Rod Serling and James Ellroy, Klavan ( Don't Say a Word ) spins a nonstop New York City horror tale whose 8 p.m. resolution, while leaving a few questions unanswered, satisfactorily caps the rapid-fire entertainment.

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Using Halloween in New York City as the setting for his psychological thriller The Animal Hour feels cheap — the prefab craziness circumvents the task of evoking real fear.

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