Dark Rivers of the Heart by Dean Koontz

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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Dean Koontz's The City.

A man and a woman meet by chance in a bar. Suddenly they are fleeing the long arm of a clandestine and increasingly powerful renegade government agency -- the woman hunted for the information she possesses, the man mistaken as her comrade in a burgeoning resistance movement.

The architect of the chase is a man of uncommon madness and cruelty -- ruthless, possibly psychotic, and equipped with a vast technological arsenal. He is the brazen face of an insidiously fascistic future. And he is virtually unstoppable. But he has never before come up against the likes of his current quarry. Both of them are survivors of singularly horrific pasts. Both have long been emboldened by their experiences to fight with reckless courage for their own freedom. Now they are plunged into a struggle for the freedom of their country, and for the sanctity of their own lives.

Dark Rivers of the Heart is an electrifying thriller that steers us along the razor edge of a familiar, terrifying reality.

About Dean Koontz

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Dean Koontz was born in Everett, Pennsylvania, and grew up in nearby Bedford. He won an Atlantic Monthly fiction competition when he was twenty and has been writing ever since. Mr. Koontz's books are published in 38 languages. Worldwide sales total more than 175 million copies, a figure that currently increases at a rate of more than 350 million copies a year. Dean and his wife, Gerda, live in southern California.
Published June 29, 2007 by Bantam. 578 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction

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It is difficult to imagine a reader who won't be hooked by this thriller about government power run amok and a man and woman on the run from the madman who wields that power.

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Publishers Weekly

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Koontz's tale of a man, a woman and a dog on the run from a high-tech rogue government agency was a PW bestseller for nine weeks.

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a subplot concerning the fact that the man, who has irked the agency unintentionally, is the son of a serial killer and must return to his father's charnel house to set his mind at rest (the woman belongs to an underground fighting the agency);

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Pudgy Roy Miro, with his ''twinkly blue eyes and warm smile,'' envisions himself the Good Samaritan of the ''brave new world order.'' His ultimate goal is to eliminate — with compassion, of course — 90 percent of the U.S. population and create a perfect society.

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