Spencer Grant is physically and emotionally scarred. An outsider, he often sits for hours in bars just to avoid being alone - and to tell his story to someone who won't remember it the next morning. But last night he met Valerie and something about her melted his isolation. Then she doesn't turn up for work and he finds her home abandoned, with a ...
Spencer Grant is physically and emotionally scarred. An outsider, he often sits for hours in bars just to avoid being alone - and to tell his story to someone who won't remember it the next morning. But last night he met Valerie and something about her melted his isolation. Then she doesn't turn up for work and he finds her home abandoned, with a strange message fixed to the wall. Before he has time to wonder who or what Valerie is, the house is hit by an explosion. Spencer escapes, only to find himself on the run - not only from his past but also from the conspiracy he has unwittingly stumbled on.
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Publishers Weekly, 1994-09-05 In recent years, Koontz's libertarian views have seeped ever more deeply into his thrillers; they wash over the pages of this ambitious, bombastic novel about the desperate flight of a man, woman and dog from a renegade federal policing agency with Big Brother powers. Perhaps Koontz has been emboldened by Michael Crichton's success at cautionary suspense. He certainly seems to be aping Crichton by emphasizing the high-tech means-including online searches and satellite spying-by which the agency tramps on civil liberties. But there are more familiar Koontz elements here, too: the newfound love between the man and the woman; a subplot concerning the fact that the man, who has irked the agency unintentionally, is the son of a serial killer and must return to his father's charnel house to set his mind at rest (the woman belongs to an underground fighting the agency); the charming mutt (though no match for the shaggy hero of Watchers); a pair of superbly twisted villains, agency employees. The scientific lore is always riveting and, at times, as when the fleeing man is caught in a flood, the suspense is electrifying; but far too often, the narrative stops dead as characters turn into ventriloquist dummies mouthing the author's views on the erosion of freedom in the U.S. With the Koontz name attached, though, even a mash of blatant polemic and high-powered action like this will no doubt sell like crazy. 500,000 first printing; Literary Guild main selection; audio rights to Knopf; simultaneous large-print edition from Random House. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1995-10-02 Koontz's tale of a man, a woman and a dog on the run from a high-tech rogue government agency was a PW bestseller for nine weeks. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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