Key title The new fast-moving thriller from Dean Koontz is the story of an innocent man forced by a serila killer to choose who will be murdered next. THE FACE and ODD THOMAS and THE TAKING all shot to Number 2 in the Sunday Times hardback bestseller list THE FACE and ODD THOMAS both hit the Sunday Times paperback bestseller list Publication coincides with the paperback publication of LIFE EXPECTANCY, supported by a massive consumer press and outdoor advertising campaign. Dean Koontz has sold 225 million books already and is currently selling 17 million books a year. Competition: Stephen King
Dean Koontz is the author of more than a dozen New York Times No.1 bestsellers. His books have sold over 400 million copies worldwide, a figure that increases by more than 17 million copies per year, and his work is published in 38 languages. He was born and raised in Pennsylvania and lives with his wife Gerda and their dog Anna in southern California.
Bill Wile's nightmare begins when he discovers a note on his windshield demanding that he choose between the murder of a young schoolteacher and a charitable old lady. A companion to the author's Intensity. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
`Koontz hits the bullseye here. There's surprise after surprise, including a killer finale ... A read-in-one-go novel' Independent on Sunday
Praise for Dean Koontz:
`Koontz knows how to do suspense and create a real fear of the unknown' Mirror
`Dean Koontz is not just a master of our darkest dreams, but also a literary juggler' The Times
`Psychologically complex, masterly and satisfying' New York Times
A diabolic killer plays a harrowing game of cat and mouse with a reclusive bartender in Koontz's latest gripping suspense thriller. Billy Wiles, a 30-something bartender and former writer, is content with his solitary Napa County existence listening to "beer-based psychoanalysis" from tavern regulars; visiting his hospitalized, comatose fianc?e, Barbara; and carving wood sculptures. But the simple life gets mighty complicated when he finds a note with a deadly, time-sensitive ultimatum: he must choose between the death of a young schoolteacher or an elderly humanitarian in six hours. Reluctant local sheriff Lanny Olsen dismisses it as a joke until a comely teacher is found strangled and another threatening note appears-offering even less time for Billy to decide the fate of two more people. Who would have guessed that one of those people would be Olsen? After his friend's murder, Billy finds that the cunning killer has gained access to every aspect of his life as the ultimatums grow increasingly more personal. Suppressing horrific childhood memories, Billy scrambles to bury grisly incriminating evidence the murderer has deviously planted. More gruesome deaths and shaky suspicions trap Billy right in the demented killer's lair for just the beginning of Koontz's serpentine showdown. Graphic, fast-paced action, well-developed characters and relentless, nail-biting scenes show Koontz at the top of his game. (May 24) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Adult/High School-Bartender Billy Wiles's life spirals out of control after he finds a note on his windshield telling him that he has a choice: involve the police, and a "lovely blonde schoolteacher" dies. Do nothing, and an "elderly woman active in charity work" dies. His options only become harder once the killer targets people whom Billy knows and plants circumstantial evidence tying him to the crimes. His greatest fear is for his comatose fiancee, and he works frantically to find the murderer before Barbara is hurt. Koontz keeps the plot moving at an accelerating pace, and there are enough twists and turns to keep the story from being predictable. Billy isn't a hero in the traditional sense, but he is a sympathetic protagonist, an average man pushed to his limits by an implacable foe. Although there is a great deal of violence and an impressive body count, the worst of it occurs "off-screen." The themes aren't subtle, but they are worth considering--the importance of connection and community, the enduring power of love, and the validity of modern art. Velocity is a fast, entertaining read.-Susan Salpini, TASIS-The American School in England Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.