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A high-concept new thriller from the internationally acclaimed Dean Koontz about a young man who owes his life to a heart transplant ! but confronts an imminent and far darker death At 34 Ryan Perry suddenly finds himself on a waiting list for a heart transplant. Although he keeps working and looks fit, his condition is deteriorating. Nevertheless, Ryan manages to remain upbeat, and his reward is well deserved. He receives a new heart, and the transplant is a success. One year later, Ryan has never felt better. Except for ! troubles connected to the heart. His new, fine, healthy, feel-good heart. It began with heart-shaped tokens in the mail, a feeling of being watched. Someone, not Ryan, transfers $100,000 from his bank account to the cardiology department of a local hospital -- how is this possible? Becoming more watchful himself, Ryan more than once glimpses a mysterious woman whom he tries to follow, but she is too circumspect even for the detective he hires to follow her. He has nothing to take to the police. Instead, by an extraordinary effort, he uncovers the identity of the donor of ! the heart. His heart. A photo shows someone who looks awfully like the mysterious woman ! who now lets him know that everything will be taken from him: his money, his reputation, his friends, his freedom; and ultimately his heart... Prepare for the unexpected in this compelling and fast-paced thriller from the master of suspense. Key title / With over 300m books sold worldwide, Dean Koontz is one of the most acclaimed authors of modern times / Simultaneous publication with PB of Odd Hours / Publishing schedule of two books a year engages reader expectations / Dean's Hitchcockian novel of kidnap and treachery, The Husband, is in development by Focus Films / Huge publicity campaign to include nationwide review coverage and online PR / Competition: Stephen King, Thomas Harris, Michael Crichton, James Patterson
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, their dog Anna, and the enduring spirit of their dog Trixie in southern California.
In horror master Koontz's latest nightmarish thriller, a man is stalked by the woman who donated the heart that saved his perfect life. Soon, ominous signs begin to appear: a box of candy hearts, a heart pendant and finally, a message that cites her claim. Malcolm Hillgartner's straightforward reading lacks the raw emotion needed to excite the imagination of most listeners, excepting Koontz's most diehard fans. Hillgartner's stern voice does not come close to sounding like a 30-something Internet entrepreneur. With little connection between the words and the voice of the narrator, the result is lackluster and uninspired. A Bantam hardcover (Reviews, Oct. 27). (Nov.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Praise for Dean Koontz:
`Odd Thomas is certainly a page-turner - this is a read-at-a-sitting novel - with a terrific final twist' Observer
`A terrific pursuit story ... clever, up-to-the-minute, and riveting' Guardian
`There's surprise after surprise, including a killer finale ... a read-in-one-go novel' Independent on Sunday
`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
The shadowy woman stalking heart transplant survivor Ryan Perry has one demand--she wants her heart back. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.