The Thanatos Syndrome

  • by Walker Percy
  • Narrated by David Hilder
  • 14 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Dr. Tom More (of Love in the Ruins) is released on parole from state prison, he returns to Feliciana, Louisiana, the parish where he was born and bred, and where he practiced psychiatry before his arrest. Upon arriving, he notices something strange in almost everyone around him: unusual sexual behavior in women patients, a bizarre loss of inhibition, a lack of complexity in speech - even his own wife’s extraordinary success at bridge tournaments, during which her mind seems to function like a computer.
With the ingenious help of his attractive cousin, Dr. Lucy Lipscomb, More begins to uncover a criminal experiment to "improve" people’s behavior by drugging the local water supply. But beyond this scheme are activities so sinister that even Tom More wouldn’t believe them if he hadn’t witnessed them with his own eyes.


What the Critics Say

"Spins along at a brisk thriller pace, laced with escapes and chase scenes and risky, ingenious detective work." (Gail Godwin, New York Times Book Review)
"What a pleasure it is to read a real novel…The Thanatos Syndrome has the ambition and purposefulness to take on the world, to wrestle with its shortcomings, and to celebrate its glories." (Washington Post Book World)
"He is a dazzlingly gifted novelist…Percy stages a lively medical mystery…that no serious reader will want to miss." (USA Today)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Interesting but not my favorite.

While it was a bit wandering and seemed dis-connected from 'Love in Ruins' this was still a most enjoyable book. I would say it wanders like our present age and the author expresses well the manner in which the Church has also been adrift and left so many of Her children in a like state.
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- Fr. Eric Sternberg

Interesting and strange

I enjoyed the book, and I think it touches on some interesting themes such as the danger of good intentions, the culture of death, and the crisis of faith. It is my second Walker Percy book, the first bring The Moviegoer, which I liked a little better. The other thing I like about these books is the Louisiana seeing that is described in such detail.
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- Gregory Graham

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-18-2012
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.