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The Terror of Living

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Urban Waite, The Terror Of Living

The Terror Of Living

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Urban Waite
Little, Brown and Company
Mystery and Thriller, Fiction

We gave it a B

It’s a good thing that Waite mentions No Country for Old Men in his acknowledgments, since his debut reads like a Pacific Northwest remake of Cormac McCarthy’s classic. In The Terror of Living, a drug deal gone wrong leads to violence and macho introspection; an inhuman killer, a heroic cop, and a morally compromised Everyman embark on a three-way chase through back roads and cheap motels. But Waite brings a nimble touch to the material. Throwaway lines are rendered with surprising delicacy, and Living‘s knife-fetishist villain makes for an oddly endearing sociopath. Also, what a title! B