The Straw Men, Paperback
5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Michael Marshall's unique voice adds a chilling intensity to the serial-killer plot, combining dazzling narrative, a white-hot pace and a deeply disturbing backdrop of conspiracy.

Sarah tries to struggle, but the man holds her. The scream never makes it out of her throat. 'Nobody watching,' the man says with hateful calm. 'I made it this way. I can walk where nobody sees.' The Straw Men. They kill people. Any people. And soon they'll get around to you. Sarah Becker is the fifth girl to be abducted by this maniac.

Judging from the state of the bodies that have been found, her long hair will be hacked off and she will be tortured.

She has about a week to live. Former LA homicide detective John Zandt has an inside track on the perpetrator - his own daughter was one of his victims two years ago.

But the key to Sarah's whereabouts lies with Ward Hopkins, a man with a past so secret not even he knows about it.

His parents have just died in a car accident, but they leave Ward a very strange message that leads him to question everything he once believed to be true. As he begins to investigate his own past Ward finds himself drawn into the shadowy, sinister world of the Straw Men - and into the desperate race to find Sarah, before her time runs out.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 496 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780006499985



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Unputdownable, great read that kept me on the edge of my seat throughout.

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The Straw Men by Michael Marshall is a pretty quick read, particularly toward the end. The plot follows Ward Hopkins and John Zandt. Hopkins returns to his family's home after they have died in a car accident and finds a note that leads him to delve into his own and his parent's past. Zandt is a burnt out homicide detective that was on the trail of a serial killer, until his own daughter was taken. He leaves his life behind until an FBI agent, Nina, brings him back when another girl goes missing.The novel starts with two completely different story lines, but a little after mid way through, they start to combine into one. The main characters join forces to go after The Straw Men and The Upright Man to find a girl and discover truth. At times, the characters can be rather shallow, but that doesn't stop this from being an exciting read. The book continues to gain in speed as it goes along until the climax at the very end. At that point, it was hard to put the book down. I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Straw Men, as it was the second time I had gone through it. I would definitely recommend it to anyone that enjoys crime/suspense thrillers.

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