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Mr. Murder Paperback – June 1, 2010
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Martin Stillwater is a novelist with a wife and children he adores -- and an imagination he can't control. One rainy afternoon, a stranger breaks into Martin's house and accuses him of stealing his family, his name, and his life. Martin has no choice but to take his family and flee, even as he questions his own sanity. But wherever they go, the stranger is right behind them. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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The formula Koontz ( The Bad Place ) uses here is a familiar one: an overpowering evil stalks an innocent family that remains unaware of the menace until isolated from all help and forced to run for their lives. But enhanced by Koontz's lean prose and rich characterization, this fearsome tale summons up new frissons of horror. Marty Stillwater's second horror novel is bestseller-bound; he's the subject of a People magazine feature article; and his wife, Paige, and their two young daughters complete the perfect family. Then he begins having blackouts and paralyzing panic attacks that lead him to hide guns around the house. The weapons prove handy when an armed stranger--Marty's Doppelganger --breaks into the house to kill him and reclaim the life, family and destiny that he swears Marty stole. A fierce battle leaves the stranger dead but when Paige and the police arrive, the body is gone. Unable to trust the cops, the family runs for the hills to try to evade the seemingly indestructible "Other." Meanwhile, sinister agents are desperately tracking The Other for their own less-than-ethical ends. Playing on every emotion and keeping the story racing along, Koontz masterfully escalates the tension. He closes the narrative with the most ingenious twist ending of his career. Literary Guild & Doubleday Book Club main selection; Mystery Guild alternate selection.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Mr. Koontz is the consumate word artist, creating vivid scenes with a nuance of a single word here and there. His imagination can spin the finest storylines all the while balancing mystery and suspense with a dash of horror.
"Mr. Murder" is no exception to the Dean Koontz School of Writing. It is a polished piece of fiction about a novelist and his clone. Neither the writer or the clone know about the other one until the doppleganger's wiring goes haywire and he comes to claim the family and life of the novelist. Clones do not spontaneously generate, as we all know, they have to be made by a big and bad Network which is out to create a supersoldier. Somehow, things got off to a bad start for this clone as he was NOT suppose to be made from the novelist's genes. It's nice to know that even for multi-cultural, super rich, super powerful bad men God remains in the details.
Enjoy the read!