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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Bestseller Koontz (The Husband) delivers a thriller so compelling many readers will race through the book in one sitting. In the Hitchcockian opening, which resembles that of the cult noir film Red Rock West (1992), Timothy Carrier, a quiet stone mason having a beer in a California bar, meets a stranger who mistakes him for a hit man. The stranger slips Tim a manila envelope containing $10,000 in cash and a photo of the intended victim, Linda Paquette, a writer in Laguna Beach, then leaves. A moment later, Krait, the real killer, shows up and assumes Tim is his client. Tim manages to distract Krait from immediately carrying out the hit by saying he's had a change of heart and offering Krait the $10,000 he just received. This ploy gives the stone mason enough time to warn Linda before they begin a frantic flight for their lives. While it may be a stretch that the first man wouldn't do a better job of confirming Tim's identity, the novel's breathless pacing, clever twists and adroit characterizations all add up to superior entertainment.
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Big Tim Carrier maintains the lowest possible profile, but that tactic crumbles after he is mistaken for a hit man, and when the hit man arrives, poses as the client and tries to cancel. But no one aborts this guy's missions. Tim rushes to shield the prospective victim, writer Linda Paquette, and it soon becomes obvious that the killer has access to every auto-, phone-, and credit-tracing device known to law enforcement (is he a cop?). Moreover, he somehow can pressure law enforcement to be unhelpful, as Tim and Linda discover when Tim's police friend Pete Santo is warned off so firmly that he joins Tim and Linda on the run. For most of its length, this is white-knuckle suspense as gripping as any Koontz has ever written, and the principals all have intriguing backstories that are eventually, with the frustrating exception of the killer's, fully disclosed. Yet the climax and the denouement seem half-baked and perfunctory. This is, however, as politically passionate and common-guy witty as his other, better recent books. Ray Olson
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Here, Tim Carrier, a self-effacing mason, is having a drink at his local gin mill after work. While sitting at the bar, he is approached by a complete stranger who engages him in a bizarre conversational exchange and gives him a manila envelope stuffed with ten thousand in cash, with the rest to come after the deed is done. Tim is then given a photograph and the victim's address. Clearly, the stranger has mistaken him for a hit man!
Moments later, yet another stranger enters the bar and, thinking Tim to be the person who wants his services, also engages Tim in a bizarre conversational exchange. When a light bulb goes off in Tim's head, and he realizes this is the person for whom he was mistaken, he give the stranger the envelope of money, and tells him that is a payment for simply doing nothing. Since the stranger doesn't seem like the kind of guy who would take payment for doing nothing, Tim, keeping the photo and the would be victim' s address, is galvanized into action. Nothing like a lady in distress to bring out the John Wayne in the opposite sex.
Suddenly, the chase is on and there is definitely plenty of action. Both Tim and the potential evil doer are somewhat mysterious. Both are headed towards a moment of reckoning, taking the reader with them as they careen towards the eventual climax that will pit good against evil. Though somewhat formulaic, the reader will barely notice, as the author takes the reader on a quick, but fun, joyride.
The prevailing theme is good vs. evil intertwining action and suspense. The Good Guy is Tim Carrier, a seemingly average man who helps keep a female stranger from a relentless hit man. The only person who is truly revealed in this story from the beginning is Krait, the "evil" hit man in this story. The rest of the characters are slowly revealed to the reader in a tantalizing fashion that leaves one wondering who these characters really are.
Koontz always seems to be able to create characters who live on both ends of the moral spectrum, and this is no exception.
If you've never read Dean Koontz, you should. For those that know and enjoy his writing, The Good Guy will more than satisfy.