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The Terror of Living - Urban Waite The Terror of Living is a fine first novel, and without a doubt, a page-turning thriller that will keep you reading late into the night. The comparisons to Cormac McCarthy, and especially No Country For Old Men are appropriate. In fact, sometimes the prose is imitative in an obvious way, but Waite is a first time novelist, and The Terror of Living does not contain the depth beneath the prose that a McCarthy novel does. I think the novel works better as a thriller than literature, but that's not a bad thing. I aslo enjoyed the Pacific Northwest setting (being a resident myself), and the shifting morality of the characters.

My rating is really wavering between three and four, but overall I certainly enjoyed The Terror of Living, and look forward to more of Waite's work in the future.