Sunday, July 04, 2010

Joyride, by Jack Ketchum

(pb; 1994, 2010; end-capped by a novella, Weed Species, 2006)

From the back cover:

"Carole and her lover, Lee, knew there was only one way to get rid of Carole's abusive husband for good. They planned every detail. And they thought they had committed the perfect crime. But a stranger named Wayne wants to be their friend. He wants to share the excitement of murder with them. He wants to take Carole and Lee on a road trip straight to hell so his new friends can enjoy an all-out killing spree that can end only one way. . ."


Violent blast of high body count death-trip, this; Ketchum-regular readers will recognize this as Ketchum's usual true crime-based work, as nasty, sharp and bloody as The Girl Next Door, though it lacks the bleak finish of Stranglehold (whose real life-veracious ending still infuriates me).

This is an excellent worthwhile genre read.

A story-separate novella, Weed Species, caps this book. It's a good, equally gripping, if less immediate, tale about events that spiral out of a series of rape-murders. Its wry finish suits the work.

Check this out. Worth owning, this.

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