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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (128 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daniel Hecht Narrator: Jason Collin Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The New Jersey State Police started calling him Howdy Doody, after the famous television puppet of the 1950s. In a thirteen-month period he had killed seven people: three in northern New Jersey, then three in Manhattan, and another in the Bronx—all of them found hung up like puppets, strings attached to their limbs. Finally, the murderer was caught in New York City. But several months later, State Police detective Mo Ford finds another victim, killed and arranged in exactly the same way. Is it a copycat crime, or did the police catch the wrong man? Mo’s theory about what happened soon expands, implicating US intelligence agencies and a horrific experiment with human beings. But with so many forces behind the scenes, how will he find the true puppet master?

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  • “Four stars! Puppets is a fast, intriguing story bolstered by real substance in its study of the dodgy things governments do…Combined with the mind games of a classic manhunt and a splash of romance, it’s got pretty much all you could ask for. Excellent stuff!”

    London Daily Mirror

  • “Part medical investigation, part Gothic chiller, with a singularly explosive ending.”

    Mail on Sunday

  • “A first-rate thriller with a killer combination of wit, grit, and gore.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “The best yet from Hecht...an intriguing thriller from a writer at the top of his form.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Betsy | 6/10/2013

    " Although sometimes dark and dealing with the unsettling subject of a serial killer, this book still managed to build likable characters with believable dialog. Hecht combines a study of the dark human psyche with an added bonus of government conspiracy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Eunika | 10/21/2011

    " Enjoyed and it was creepy...is Daniel Hecht ever going to write another book?!? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Lisa Greer | 8/4/2011

    " I couldn't get into it, knowing the fate of Mo already! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Fiona | 7/16/2011

    " Fabulous writer, very descriptive. I felt I knew every character. "

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About the Author

Daniel Hecht was a professional guitarist for twenty years. He took up writing in 1989 and received his MFA degree from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 1992. His first novel, Skull Session, was a bestseller. He lives in Montpelier, Vermont.

About the Narrator

Jason Collins has been seen on numerous stages in the Northwest, including the Seattle Shakespeare Company, Seattle Children’s Theatre, and Seattle Repertory Theatre. He is the recipient of three prestigious Footlight Awards.