Tuesday, May 31, 2011

"The Good Guy" ~ On the Bookshelf

I have read many of Dean Koontz's novels, and this one is definitely one of the best. I like his writing: suspense novels with twists and turns, frightening without being gruesome, psychological horror without nightmares.

 This is about Tim, an ordinary guy caught between a hired killer and the woman targeted. It's a case of mistaken identity. It's about discovering courage within himself. It's about determining to save an innocent life and facing real evil. It's about finding that you love someone and will do anything to protect her.

"I need to kill her, you know."

"You could just walk away."

"No, Tim. I've got an image to protect."

"Then kill me instead."

"All right. That works for me."

This hired killer is ruthless. He doesn't care who he kills, only that he kills someone. And if some innocent someone gets in the way, well, so much the better.

He has no real home; he lives from house to house if the owners are away. But they have to meet his high expectations. The home must be perfect -- clutter free, organized, even the tops of high shelves dusted. Food in the refrigerator. The kitchen clean. And, after he spends a night or two there, he leaves it better than he found it. Washes and puts away his dishes. Makes the bed. Takes a shower and wipes down the walls.

But should the owners come back before he takes his leave, well, a bit of play is in order.

And he has a really good time hunting down Tim and the woman he has been paid to kill.


Della said...

You may already know this, but Dean Koontz also wrote a few books under the pen name Leigh Nichols. They are so good! I can't remember the titles at the moment, but I bet Google can tell you.

Almost Precious said...

Sounds like an exciting read,one of those books that one can't put down until they read that very last page.

Linda B said...

I like his work, too. This one rings a bell with me, but I read so much that I don't remember the names.

RMC said...

Love Koontz!

Kc W said...

I will have to check this one out. I will say some of his early work -- now that is the stuff nightmares are made of!


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