Nisid Hajari
April 30, 1993 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Animal Hour

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Andrew Klavan
publisher
Pocket Books
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Fiction

We gave it a C

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. Andrew Klavan (Don’t Say a Word) does scrape the veneer of Ominous Atmosphere from that urban carnival, tracing the slowly converging paths of a disoriented young woman who has lost her identity and a boozy poet implicated in a West Village decapitation. But as an internal mirror to the city’s madness, the pair’s italicized mental noodlings prove less suspenseful than just plain insipid. C

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