The Animal Hour Using Halloween in New York City as the setting for his psychological thriller The Animal Hour feels cheap — the prefab craziness circumvents the task… The Animal Hour Using Halloween in New York City as the setting for his psychological thriller The Animal Hour feels cheap — the prefab craziness circumvents the task… Fiction Mystery and Thriller Pocket Books
Book Review

The Animal Hour

EW's GRADE
C

Details Writer: Andrew Klavan; Genres: Fiction, Mystery and Thriller; Publisher: Pocket Books

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

Originally posted Apr 30, 1993 Published in issue #168 Apr 30, 1993 Order article reprints