The novel is a tautly paced thriller, but it also packs a searing satire of the much-ballyhooed modern world we live in.
This tautly written, tightly plotted time bomb of a fiction covers two generations and 50 years in under 90 pages.
But the skin of her face and her bare upper body was a warm color, and tautly filled.
Leaning forward, tautly, "But how do you expect to do this?"
She quivered to that like a tautly strung lyre touched by a skilful hand.
I have drawn the line, for example, squarely and tautly on burglars.
The state of a top-sail yard when it arches in the centre from hoisting it too tautly.
Hunched over the throttles, peering tensely ahead, he was tautly estimating speed and direction.
With nerves as tautly drawn as fiddle strings, she remained very still.
When the second dawn came, the Bunch were all tautly and wearily alert again, peering ahead, across dun desert.