The Terror of Living by Urban Waite
A Novel

78%

8 Critic Reviews

It is a fine debut that thriller readers should enjoy.
-Blog Critics

Synopsis

Phil Hunt is in deep trouble.

Hunt is on the run from two men: Drake, the deputy sheriff who intends to catch him, and Grady, the vicious hitman who means to kill him.

For twenty years Hunt has lived in Washington State, raising horses with his wife on his small farm. He's tried to stay out of trouble, wanting only to make a living and taking the occasional illicit job in order to do so.

Then his last delivery goes horribly wrong, and the chase is on from the mountains down into the Puget lowlands. To have any chance of rescuing his quiet life, Hunt will have to deal with deputy sheriff Bobby Drake, a good man determined to make up for his father's tainted legacy and Grady Fisher, a very bad man intent on making a name for himself in the most violent ways. With a fondness for blood, Grady takes pleasure in the use of knives, taking Hunt's life apart piece by piece, all the while leaving a trail of victims across the state.

Relentless and gorgeously written, with original characters and a vividly powerful sense of place, The Terror of Living heralds the arrival of a writer who will be compared with the great suspense novelists.
 

About Urban Waite

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Urban Waite, 30 years old, grew up in Seattle and attended the University of Washington. He went on to study writing at Western Washington University and Emerson College and now lives in Seattle with his wife. The Terror of Living is his first novel.
 
Published February 7, 2011 by Little, Brown and Company. 319 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Westerns, Crime, Biographies & Memoirs, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Terror of Living
All: 8 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 1

Guardian

Below average
on Mar 19 2011

It's trapped between genres in a way that feels craven and emollient rather than inspired and energising.

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Blog Critics

Good
on Mar 27 2011

It is a fine debut that thriller readers should enjoy.

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AV Club

Good
on Feb 10 2011

The Terror Of Living describes how the misery heaps onto the players fighting over a sharply decreasing share of profit, without dehumanizing their thoughts in order to favor those who are chasing them.

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Entertainment Weekly

Good
on Feb 09 2011

Throwaway lines are rendered with surprising delicacy, and Living's knife-fetishist villain makes for an oddly endearing sociopath.

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The Telegraph

Good
Reviewed by Roger Perkins on Feb 20 2011

...a thriller that is tremendously assured: tightly plotted, vividly written and revealing a sinewy way with words that allows strong character development without the book turning into a doorstop...Always taut, always intelligent, always bloody, this is an outstanding debut thriller.

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The Seattle Times

Good
on Feb 10 2011

The violence in "The Terror of Living" is graphic and, some might feel, at times gratuitous. But the book's strong points outweigh any faults.

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Oregon Live

Excellent
on Feb 12 2011

The action is dynamic and cleverly choreographed, but the lush intricacy of the novel springs from the inner lives of these two men where, woven through the brutal mayhem, is an odd, indelible core of sweetness.

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About.com Bestsellers

Above average
on Feb 07 2011

The Terror of Living is a decent first attempt at a thriller for new novelist Urban Waite.

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