The new fast-moving thriller from Dean Koontz is the story of an innocent man forced by a serial killer to choose who will be murdered next. William Wiles is an easygoing thirty-something, a bartender who lives a quiet life alone until a serial killer singles him out - not to kill him, but to force him to decide who the next victim will be. On his SUV Billy finds the first note: 'If you don't take this note to the police and get them involved, I will kill a lovely blonde schoolteacher. If you do take this note to the police, I will instead kill an elderly woman active in charity work. You have four hours to decide. The choice is yours.' Billy pays an informal visit to an acquaintance, Lanny Olson, who is a policeman, and who thinks the note is a prank. The schoolteacher dies. The next note reverses the choices: if Billy takes the note to the police, a mother of two young children will die. If he doesn't, an unmarried man who won't be much missed will die. Lanny has to take this note seriously but the deadline runs out before he can decide how to make his involvement official. Billy doesn't hear from him again because Lanny himself, unmarried, who will not be much missed, has become the next victim. There will be more communications from the killer, more hideous choices, with ever tighter decision times, and with each choice Billy is drawn deeper into an accelerating nightmare, which steadily becomes more personal, more confrontational, until he is isolated, with no one to turn to and no one to rely on but himself. Finally he must risk everything to save the intended victims .
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Dean Koontz was born and raised in Pennsylvania. He is the author of eight New York Times #1 hardcover bestsellers and eleven paperback #1 bestsellers. He lives with his wife Gerda and their dog Trixie in Southern California.From AudioFile:
Billy Wiles has been forced into a game of moral jeopardy by a lurid serial killer who forces him to choose the next victim. The game accelerates, the deadlines grow tighter, the killer becomes bolder and crueler with every communication, the mutilations ever more grotesque, the decisions intensely personal . . . until they finally involve Barbara, Billy's fiancée, who is helpless in a botulism-induced coma. Michael Hayden is masterful at creating the vibrato of beer-based psychoanalysis, the garbled quality of talking around a toothbrush, and the exquisite timing of a winch line turning on a drum, a sound that pulls the listener further and further into this impossible-to-wake-up-from nightmare. Prepare yourself for a Machiavellian extravaganza. K.A.T. © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0007196970