A stunning new thriller in the vein of 'Velocity' and 'The Husband' from one of the world's bestselling authors. After a day's work hefting brick and stone, Tim Carrier slakes his thirst at The Lamplighter Tavern. Nothing heavy happens there. It's a friendly workingman's bar run by his good friend Rooney, who enjoys gathering eccentric customers. ...Read MoreA stunning new thriller in the vein of 'Velocity' and 'The Husband' from one of the world's bestselling authors. After a day's work hefting brick and stone, Tim Carrier slakes his thirst at The Lamplighter Tavern. Nothing heavy happens there. It's a friendly workingman's bar run by his good friend Rooney, who enjoys gathering eccentric customers. Working his deadpan humour on strangers is, for Tim, all part of the entertainment. But how could Tim have imagined that the stranger who sits down next to him one evening is about to unmake his world and enmesh him in a web of murder and deceit? The man has come there to meet someone and he thinks it's Tim. Tim's wayward sense of humour lets the misconception stand for a moment and that's all it takes: the stranger hands Tim a fat manila envelope, saying, 'Half of it's there; the rest when she's gone,' and then he's out the door. In the envelope Tim finds the photograph of a woman, her name and address written on the back; and several thick packets of hundred-dollar bills. When an intense-looking man sits down where the first stranger sat and glances at the manila envelope, Tim knows he's the one who was supposed to get it. Shaken, thinking fast, Tim says he's had a change of heart. He removes the picture of the woman and then hands the envelope to the stranger. 'Half what we agreed,' he says. 'For doing nothing. Call it a no-kill fee.' Tim is left holding a photo of a pretty woman, but his sense of fun has led him into a very dangerous world from which there is no way back. The company of strangers has cost him his peace of mind, and possibly his life.Read Less
Dean Koontz is a literary marvel. He grabs your interest on the first page and it's impossible to put it down.
Aug 7, 2007
Good Guy is Good, But not Best
I liked the book, and it kept me interested as all of Dean Koontz's books do. But it felt way too familiar in a lot of ways. By all means, read it, it is entertaining, but do not expect to be truely scared or surprised. I guess the ending felt too cookie-cutter to me, and maybe sometimes I would like to see a 'regular Joe' end up being just that, a regular Joe.
Jul 30, 2007
I am a HUGE Dean Koontz fan, but this is not his best work. It lacks any of the supernatural elements commonly found in his fiction that I so enjoy. It also seems too similar to some of his other work. A regular guy accidentally involves himself in an evil plot to murder an attractive woman, turns out to be very humble but not-so-regular guy, defeats evil, and saves the girl all while earning her respect and love. Despite that, it is still a good book. The characters are likeable and the plot is fast-paced and entertaining. If you are a Koontz fan this is worth reading, just don?t expect anything new.
Jul 19, 2007
Not Koontz's Best Book
I am a big fan of Dean Koontz. He is a terrific writer, but this is not his best book. The character development and dialogue is very good, the story is fast paced and suspenseful, but the book comes to a rather abrupt end after the denouement. I was left feeling unsatisfied. It would not surprise me to learn that this was a manuscript that Koontz dug out of a closet, updated, and sent to his publisher to meet a publication deadline. I can only give The Good Guy 3 stars.
The plot line is one that Konntz has used successfully many times before. An ordinary guy comes to the aid of an attractive woman who he must protect from unspeakable evil. The two of them become a good team, overcome their adversary, decide they like each other, etc. etc.
The book is sprinkled with fun Koontz prose: ?Under a charcoal sky lay a soot-black sea. Like gray smoke, the froth on the low waves drifted ashore, dissipating on an ashen beach.? Unfortunately, the obligatory 4 legged (dog) character found in all of Koontz?s books only makes a cameo appearance in this one. Additionally, the villain in this piece failed to creep me out. The bad guy was definitely bad. I certainly didn?t like him, but he did not give me the chills that many of Koontz?s other antagonists have.
Buy this one is only if you already like Koontz. Don?t make it the first Koontz book you read... I recommend Watchers for your maiden voyage.
Publishers Weekly, 2007-04-30 Bestseller Koontz (The Husband) delivers a thriller so compelling many readers will race through the book in one sitting. In the Hitchcockian opening, which resembles that of the cult noir film Red Rock West (1992), Timothy Carrier, a quiet stone mason having a beer in a California bar, meets a stranger who mistakes him for a hit man. The stranger slips Tim a manila envelope containing $10,000 in cash and a photo of the intended victim, Linda Paquette, a writer in Laguna Beach, then leaves. A moment later, Krait, the real killer, shows up and assumes Tim is his client. Tim manages to distract Krait from immediately carrying out the hit by saying he's had a change of heart and offering Krait the $10,000 he just received. This ploy gives the stone mason enough time to warn Linda before they begin a frantic flight for their lives. While it may be a stretch that the first man wouldn't do a better job of confirming Tim's identity, the novel's breathless pacing, clever twists and adroit characterizations all add up to superior entertainment. (May 29) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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