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THE GOOD GUY
Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Suspense
The brilliant Koontz delivers one of his creepiest and most dogged villains ever in this terrifying thriller. Like the protagonists, readers are kept mostly in the dark about the motivations behind this horrifying conspiracy. What makes the story so petrifying is that, given current world events, it doesn't seem out of the realm of possibility. This is classic Koontz!
Tim Carrier is enjoying a drink when a man, obviously mistaking him for someone else, gives him an envelope. Inside are money and instructions to kill a woman named Linda Paquette. Tim is still stunned by what just happened when the real hired killer shows up. Trying to halt the assassination, he gives the man the money and says the contract is cancelled. To be on the safe side, Tim decides to warn Linda.
But the killer, it seems, is tied in to law enforcement and has access to government information. Fortunately for Linda, Tim, despite his laid-back manner, has hidden depths and talents that may just keep them alive and give them a fighting chance to unravel the whys and wherefores of this murderous conspiracy. (BANTAM, Jun., 400 pp., $27.00)
Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith
Published: June 2007