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Dean Koontz, the author of many #1" New York Times" bestsellers, lives with his wife, Gerda, and the enduring spirit of their golden retriever, Trixie, in southern California.

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Koontz is a master storyteller, and his novels are usually startlingly original. In Velocity, Billy Wiles, a bartender leading a quiet life, is drawn against his will into a serial killer's monstrous game. This anonymous "freak" makes Billy responsible, through his action or inaction, for the identity of his victims and also keeps Billy frantically struggling to keep himself and his loved ones safe. Billy is an intelligent and highly sympathetic hero in this unrelenting story. Michael Hayden is an effective narrator, reading with clarity and understated drama. Highly recommended for all fiction collections.-Kristen L. Smith, Loras Coll. Lib., Dubuque, IA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

A diabolic killer plays a harrowing game of cat and mouse with a reclusive bartender in Koontz's latest gripping suspense thriller. Billy Wiles, a 30-something bartender and former writer, is content with his solitary Napa County existence listening to "beer-based psychoanalysis" from tavern regulars; visiting his hospitalized, comatose fianc?e, Barbara; and carving wood sculptures. But the simple life gets mighty complicated when he finds a note with a deadly, time-sensitive ultimatum: he must choose between the death of a young schoolteacher or an elderly humanitarian in six hours. Reluctant local sheriff Lanny Olsen dismisses it as a joke until a comely teacher is found strangled and another threatening note appears-offering even less time for Billy to decide the fate of two more people. Who would have guessed that one of those people would be Olsen? After his friend's murder, Billy finds that the cunning killer has gained access to every aspect of his life as the ultimatums grow increasingly more personal. Suppressing horrific childhood memories, Billy scrambles to bury grisly incriminating evidence the murderer has deviously planted. More gruesome deaths and shaky suspicions trap Billy right in the demented killer's lair for just the beginning of Koontz's serpentine showdown. Graphic, fast-paced action, well-developed characters and relentless, nail-biting scenes show Koontz at the top of his game. (May 24) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Adult/High School-Bartender Billy Wiles's life spirals out of control after he finds a note on his windshield telling him that he has a choice: involve the police, and a "lovely blonde schoolteacher" dies. Do nothing, and an "elderly woman active in charity work" dies. His options only become harder once the killer targets people whom Billy knows and plants circumstantial evidence tying him to the crimes. His greatest fear is for his comatose fiancee, and he works frantically to find the murderer before Barbara is hurt. Koontz keeps the plot moving at an accelerating pace, and there are enough twists and turns to keep the story from being predictable. Billy isn't a hero in the traditional sense, but he is a sympathetic protagonist, an average man pushed to his limits by an implacable foe. Although there is a great deal of violence and an impressive body count, the worst of it occurs "off-screen." The themes aren't subtle, but they are worth considering--the importance of connection and community, the enduring power of love, and the validity of modern art. Velocity is a fast, entertaining read.-Susan Salpini, TASIS-The American School in England Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

"" "Graphic, fast-paced action, well-developed characters and relentless, nail-biting scenes show Koontz at the top of his game." -- "Publishers Weekly," starred review
" Genuinely terrific." "--Booklist"
" Just in time for summer, Dean Koontz again delivers a top-notch thriller full of well-drawn characters and anxiety-spiked sequences." -- "Chicago Tribune
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" Koontz keeps the focus of Velocity tight... .Velocity will have readers turning the pages-- and checking to make sure their doors are locked and bolted." -- Associated Press
"""Graphic, fast-paced action, well-developed characters and relentless, nail-biting scenes show Koontz at the top of his game."--"Publishers Weekly, " starred review

"Genuinely terrific.""--Booklist"

"Just in time for summer, Dean Koontz again delivers a top-notch thriller full of well-drawn characters and anxiety-spiked sequences."--"Chicago Tribune
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"Koontz keeps the focus of Velocity tight....Velocity will have readers turning the pages--and checking to make sure their doors are locked and bolted." --Associated Press

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