/ Key title The new thriller from one of the greatest storytellers writing today is the story of an extraordinary kidnapping when a poor man's wife is taken but a rich man's ransom is demanded. / The Face, Odd Thomas, The Taking, Life Expectancy and Velocity all shot into the top ten in the Sunday Times hardback bestseller list and stayed there for a month. / Publication coincides with the paperback publication of Forever Odd and supported by a massive consumer press and outdoor advertising campaign. / Each Dean Koontz book is unique. He never repeats himself. No other writer has his range or his power to move his readership. / Competition: Stephen King
Dean Koontz is an international household name whose hugely entertaining parables for our times have been bestsellers in many countries, selling seventeen million copies each year. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, he lives with his wife Gerda and their dog Trixie in southern California.
Kidnappers have nabbed the wife of Mitchell Rafferty, and they expect the modest working man to come up with $2 million to get her back alive. Who knows how far he will go to get the money. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
`There's surprise after surprise, including a killer finale ... a read-in-one-go novel' Independent on Sunday on Velocity
`Velocity hits its pace from the first page and races through to a suitably climactic ending' Sydney Sunday Telegraph
'Dean Koontz is not just a master of our darkest dreams, but also a literary juggler' The Times
'Psychologically complex, masterly and satisfying.' The New York Times
'Koontz has near-Dickensian powers of description, and an ability to yank us from one page to the next that few novelists can match.' Los Angeles Times
Koontz (Forever Odd) is likely to have himself another bestseller in this pulse-pounding thriller with echoes of Hitchcock and Cornell Woolrich. One morning, Southern California gardener Mitchell Rafferty gets a call on his cellphone from a stranger saying that Mitch's beloved wife, Holly, has been kidnapped and that he has less than three days to come up with $2 million in cash. Of course, he's warned not to involve the police. While Mitch is still on the phone, the kidnapper proves his seriousness by directing Mitch's attention to a man walking a dog across the street. A moment later the man is shot dead. Mitch must walk a fine line-cooperating with the police inquiry into this murder without revealing Holly's plight. Koontz ratchets up the tension in a manner sure to captivate most readers, though some may find the ending anticlimactic. (May 30) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.