A stunning new thriller from the international bestselling author of Velocity and The Husband
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.
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Praise for Dean Koontz:
‘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
'A modern Swift … a master satirist.' Entertainment Weekly
'If Stephen King is the Rolling Stones of novels, Koontz is the Beatles.' Playboy
'Dean Koontz writes page-turners, middle-of-the-night sneak-up-behind-you suspense thrillers. He touches our hearts and tingles our spines.' Washington Post Book World
'Tumbling, hallucinogenic prose. Serious writers might do well to study his technique.' New York Times Book Review
'Fast-paced and dark … Koontz knows we live in a world where evil delights in justifying itself … Classic literature that deserves a place on the bookshelf beside Orwell's 1984 and Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451.' California Literary Review
'Koontz is writing right where popular culture swells into something larger, just as it did for Homer, Shakespeare, and Dickens. He's got the gift.' Australian
'Koontz is a superb plotter and wordsmith. He chronicles the hopes and fears of our time in broad strokes and fine detail, using popular fiction to explore the human condition.' USA Today
'Inspires both chills and serious thought … has the power to scare the daylights out of us.' People
'The poet laureate of paranoid pop fiction.' Denver Post
'Koontz achieves a literary miracle … stunning physical description, unique turns of phrase.' Boston Globe
'Near Dickensian powers of description.' Los Angeles TimesBook Description:
The International Bestseller
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Book Description HarperCollins, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: Brand New. 400 pages. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk0007226594
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Book Description Charnel House, Catskill, NY, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. NEW HARDBACK Bound in Japanese Mongara-Ori silk. in Japanese Royal Shantung SLIPCASE. SIGNED by DEAN KOONTZ [NO inscription]. LIMITED Ed. #95/350. NO DJ, as Published. NO remainder mark. "Timothy Carrier is an ordinary guy who enjoys a beer after work. But tonight is no ordinary night. Instead, Tim will face a terrifying decision: Help or run. For the jittery stranger sitting beside him at the bar has mistaken Tim for someone else¿and passes him a manila envelope stuffed with cash and the photo of a pretty woman. 'Ten thousand. The rest when she¿s gone.'" | SHIPS AIRMAIL INTERNATIONALLY! [Extra Postage for International Delivery]. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 001711