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Toyer Hardcover

3.1 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover
  • ASIN: B000F6Z5WC
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.7 x 3.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 658 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
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Written from several points of view, Toyer is a serial murder mystery unlike most others, especially in the fact that the murderer doesn't kill his victims. Rather this person, which a newspaper reporter dubs 'Toyer" (because he toys with his victims and the police) permanently disables his victims by cutting off their spinal cord from their brain, effectively turning them into living vegetables.
Maude Garance is the doctor who treats Toyer's victims. The knowledge of what Toyer has done to his victim's sits heavily upon the shoulders of Dr. Garance, who calls the victims 'little flowers' and thinks of the photos taken by the victim's families as 'still life portraits'. She finds herself enraged at the havoc that Toyer causes for the victims and their families, who have lost a member, who they can't even grieve for because they are still alive.
This, of course, sets up a conflict between Dr. Garance and Toyer, and it is this conflict which becomes the central story to this novel. There are other subplots and minor stories, which I will allow the reader the fun of discovering.
There are some plot holes in this novel, and a few character motiviations which I find frankly unbelievable under most any circumstance. That being said, McKay writes his characters so well, with such depth and nuance, that the reader feels willing to suspend disbelief and trust the author to bring it all off in the end. Here the author brings us imperfect, and not even entirely likable, sympathetic characters, as well as a bad guy that you can't quite hate altogether. These character formulations, along with some plain old fashioned good prose writing, bring Toyer together as an imperfect, but still very good novel.
Readers who enjoy James Patterson, and are looking for something slightly similiar with better prose, will likely enjoy this novel, as will readers who enjoy novels that have a dark feel almost all the way through.
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I cannot explain how caught up I was in this novel from page one. Only two other books come to mind that captured my attention so immensely during the first chapter. Toyer is not a serial killer, even though he turns successful, ambitious, beautiful women into living dolls for sport. He stalks these women, learns all about them, and then uses his charm to get invited into their homes, drug them, and use a surgical utensil to stop their brain functions. What is even more disturbing is that these women are told during their drug-induced state that they are "next." Toyer asks them what they were planning on doing the next day because they both know it will never happen. They all know of him and dread the thought of lying in a dormant state for eternity with their friends and family surrounding them with lost hope. A fate most would consider worse than death.
Toyer is smart. He knows that by not killing he could never be sentenced to death. In fact, the act of criminal mischief only carries a relatively short prison sentence. What is even worse is the motive behind his actions. One would have to read it to believe it.
Maude is a psychiatrist assigned to the living dolls. They have become her children and every time she receives a call in the middle of the night alerting her that another young lady has been found, her anger grows deeper. She lashes out at the police and district attorney's office that are seemingly doing nothing because they are more concerned with actual homicides. She ends up reluctantly teaming up with Sara, a local, overzealous reporter that is also determined to bring Toyer down. After Toyer personally attacks Sara and "toys" with her emotions, making her prepare for the inevitable, he simply walks away.
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If the price of a book should reflect the quality of the book, I overpaid for this piece of work by Gardner McKay.
The main heroin is an obnoxious, rude, stupid doctor. She claims that she receives 4 doctrines in 5 years. I don't believe she did it. Or maybe she really did it herself, and killed all her brain cell in the process.
A serial "killer" turned 10 young women into veggie with precise surgical procedure, and probably raped a few. The police conduct no investigation because it's not a homicide. Which planet did Gardner come from? How could that be possible? Ten young women are in coma by an atrocious psycho, and police doesn't do anything about it. It forced our heroin to act. If you believe this, you're the reader Gardner McKay hoping for.
The characters are cookie cut from the book of stereotype people. Their dialogs are sound of S, S... Stupidity.
I tried to return the book to the Dollar Store based on principle. If I buy a dryer from Sears, the dryer makes my clothes wetter, I should have a right to return the dryer. If I buy a thriller, it puts me into sleep; I should have the same right to return it. The Dollar store manager disagreed with me. His argument is that if it's a good book, it won't end up in a dollar store. But I still believe a dollar is too much for this book.
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While others have criticized McKay's style, I found that the most intriguing element of the book. Short, spare, oddly-placed images and rhythmic pacing almost merit the word poetry. I loved his very dark, staccato interpretation of Los Angeles, fame, the media, models, escorts, actors and every other physically-obsessive cliche of that "place." Of course he is satirizing everything about southern California, including the young starlet wannabe from somewhere else. I also liked his divisions of "The Beginning," "The Middle" and "The End," since we know all playwright classes preach the mantra that you must have a . . .
The "shell" of the book was outstanding, but the content poured into it just didn't work. Peter was mesmerizing, charismatic, obsessed and physically gorgeous -- I've met people like that -- but never one who was able to perform intricate brain surgery via observation. And, Maude, what in the world happened to you in the last 100 pages? You would never have slept with a young jerk who talked his way into your house and humiliated you. And you certainly wouldn't give in to mind-vibes from a cat.
Sara Smith is unlikeable and -- another cliche -- sleeps with her editor. McKay is playing his own mind-game with us, showing us how shallow all our stereotypes are.
However . . . the book is haunting and original. Read it for the language and the erotic/sexually-smitten view of Los Angeles. Casting ideas: Rene Russo for Maude, Peter Gallagher for Toyer, Bridgit Fonda for Sara and Renee Zellwegger for Telen. Of course, you can fill the rest with vacuous beautiful people and models. I think that's Gardner's point.
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