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Bill Wile is an easygoing, hardworking guy who leads a quiet, ordinary life. But that is about to change. One evening, after his usual eight-hour bartending shift, he finds a typewritten note under the windshield wiper of his car. If you don't take this note to the police and get them involved, I will kill a lovely blond 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. It seems like a sick joke, and Bill's friend on the police force, Lanny Olson, thinks so too. His advice to Bill is to go home and forget about it. Besides, what could they do even if they took the note seriously? No crime has actually been committed. But less than 24 hours later, a young blond schoolteacher is found murdered, and it's Bill's fault: he didn't convince the police to get involved. Now he's got another note, another deadline, another ultimatum...and two new lives hanging in the balance. Suddenly Bill's average, seemingly innocuous life takes on the dimensions and speed of an accelerating nightmare. The notes are coming faster, the deadlines growing tighter, and the killer becoming bolder and crueler with every communication, until Bill is isolated with the terrifying knowledge that he alone has the power of life and death over a psychopath's innocent victims. Until the struggle between good and evil is intensely personal. Until the most chilling words of all are: the choice is yours.
©2005 Dean Koontz; (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Genuinely terrific." (Booklist)
"Graphic, fast-paced action, well-developed characters, and relentless, nail-biting scenes show Koontz at the top of his game." (Publishers Weekly)
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By Carlotta on 05-29-05

A True Dean Koontz Novel...as I see it

I think the last reviewer should have finished this book.I thought of it as I did Strange Highways..One of his best. A moral to be recognized and absorbed. A horror story with something to teach...How detrimental for us to have a conscious when we make decisions.Personally these are my favorite types of books by Dean Koontz. Although he can write the best of typical 'scare the pants off them' horror stories, the ones that have a moral core are the most memorable to me. Not all black and white, but with many shades of gray entwined in this one.Very fast paced..and hard to stop listening to until the end which was delightful. I say ,you must listen to this one...It's worth your time. As I have listened to or read all Dean koontz novels..Some were disappointing and left me feeling something was lost, but not many and this one is very good...like his older novels.

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By Terri on 06-01-05

Amazing - typical Dean Koontz

As a long time fan of Dean Koontz I am constantly amazed at his creativity and capacity for inventing stories and characters. This latest work is vintage Koontz, fast-paced, intricately plotted and suspenseful. This is a great read and listen and the descriptions (including a particularly gruesome "second wound") may make you grimace or curl your hair but always entice you to keep listening. The main character's ongoing love of his comatose girlfriend is refreshing, heartwarming and may make the most cynical among us believe in true love.

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