Mr. Murder
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Mr. Murder

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz delivers a gripping novel of a man accused of stealing not just someone's identity, but his entire life... A big house. A beautiful wife. Two happy and healthy children. It's a nice life that writer Martin Stillwater has made for himself. But he can't shake this feeling of impending disaster. One bad moment on an otherwise fine day has put Marty on a collision course with a killer--a man with a mere shadow of an identity who is desperately searching for something more... Martin's home. Martin's family. Martin's life.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 493 pages
  • 104.14 x 167.64 x 40.64mm | 181.44g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Penguin USA
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0425210758
  • 9780425210758
  • 307,301

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Happily married with two adorable children and a successful mystery writing career, Marty Stillwater considers himself a lucky man. But his comfortable cocoon is shattered when a stranger breaks into his house one rainy afternoon announcing: 'You stole my wife, my life, and my children. I want them back.' Claiming to be the real Martin Stillwater, the madman wages a terrifying campaign to eliminate Marty and recapture his family and life he believes to be his. Even the police are hard-pressed to believe the Stillwaters' harrowing account of what's happening to them, and the family is ultimately left on its own to deal with the menace in Koontz's most horrifying tale of suspense to date.show more

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-Koontz is a terrific what-if storyteller...the narrative pace is breathless.---People -The resounding variations Mr. Koontz plays on this good story, here craftily retold...allow him to counterpoint the new horrors about us with the old horrors already inside us.---The New York Times Book Review -A superb work by a master of the thriller at the top of his form.---The Washington Post Book World -Koontz is in fine form...dragging the reader along through an intricate series of twists and exciting turns.---Chicago Tribune More Praise for Dean Koontz -Dean Koontz is a prose stylist whose lyricism heightens malevolence and tension. [He creates] characters of unusual richness and depth.---The Seattle Times -Tumbling, hallucinogenic prose....'Serious' writers...might do well to examine his technique.---The New York Times Book Review -Lyrical writing and compelling characters...Koontz stands alone.---Associated Press -In every industry there exist 'artists' that are not only unforgettable, but know their craft better than the rest. Dean Koontz...is among these artisans.---Suspense Magazine -[Koontz] has always had near-Dickensian powers of description, and an ability to yank us from one page to the next that few novelists can match.---Los Angeles Times -Perhaps more than any other author, Koontz writes fiction perfectly suited to the mood of America...novels that acknowledge the reality and tenacity of evil but also the power of good...[and that] entertain vastly as they uplift.---Publishers Weeklyshow more

About Dean Koontz

Dean Koontz, the author of many #1 New York Times bestsellers, lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever, Elsa, and the enduring spirit of their goldens, Trixie and Anna.show more

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20,328 ratings
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4 35% (7,198)
3 32% (6,444)
2 8% (1,562)
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