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BEWARE OF THE NEXT BARSTOOL...,
This review is from: The Good Guy (Hardcover)
Dean Koontz is back from the outer limits of his imagination; back from the supernatural. Back to writing the riveting suspense/thrillers we mere mortals crave. This one has stunning adventure, a dab of weird, a smidgen of gory, and loads of insight. Tim Carrier is seemingly an everyday man, a "wall builder" mason, living a dull life without prospects for love or excitement. The highlight of his day is visiting his favorite tavern, and he disappears into its warm embrace every night. He revels in the sameness of the place, is soothed by the familiarity, even the glow of the Budweiser clock, until one night everything isn't the same, and adventure begins on the next barstool. The pacing is fantastic as Tim struggles to save a girl he doesn't even know. You get yanked along page by page--hard to find a place to stop. Okay, one more chapter, one more page... Koontz leaps from warm-fuzzy banter to slithering terror in a paragraph. Along the way he enfolds you in the tapestry of the southern California landscape; you hear the night toads, the rustling palm fronds, and smell the ocean next to the Pacific Coast Highway. He's adept at placing you right there, in the heart of the action, and there's plenty of car-meets-dumpster, tire-peeling, Glock-firing action, along with slick, high tech peripherals. My only complaint is that I can read these books faster than he can write them.