The Straw Men by Michael Marshall

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Who are they?
What do they want?
Why do they kill?
Can they be stopped?

You know who they are . . . if you've ever known fear.

In Palmerston, Pennsylvania, two men in long coats walk calmly into a crowded fast-food restaurant--then, slowly and methodically, gun down sixty-eight people. They take time to reload.

On the Promenade of Santa Monica, California, a teenage girl gives sightseeing tips to a distinguished English tourist. She won't be going home tonight.

In Dyersburg, Montana, a grief-stricken son tries to make sense of the accident that killed his parents--then finds a note stuffed in his father's favorite chair. It reads, "We're not dead."

Three seemingly unrelated events, these are the first signs of an unimaginable network of fear that will lead one unlikely hero to a chilling confrontation with The Straw Men. No one knows who they are--or why they kill. But they must be stopped. Michael Marshall's electrifying debut novel is an instant masterpiece of modern suspense. An epic thriller for anyone who has feared that someone is watching us.


About Michael Marshall

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Published January 1, 2002 by Berkley Pub Group. 389 pages
Genres: Horror, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime. Fiction

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As Ward and his CIA buddy slowly unravel the mystery surrounding Ward's parents, FBI agent Nina Baynam and former LAPD homicide detective John Zandt search for the elusive killer.

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This Michael Marshall is from Great Britain, and his name is actually Michael Marshall Smith.

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Ward Hopkins returns home to Dyserburg, Montana only to step into what seems like an episode of the Twilight Zone when he finds a book taped to the underside of a recliner.

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Why he has been abbreviated to Michael Marshall is a question.

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