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

Literary critic Shearman Waxx can kill a good book with just a few acidly worded bon mots. And as one unlucky author is about to discover, that’s not all he’s prepared to kill. . . .

From #1 New York Times bestselling master of suspense Dean Koontz comes a mesmerizing thriller about the battle of wills that ensues when a successful author and likable family man confronts a reclusive sociopath who wields an all-too-deadly poison pen. Respect Shearman Waxx’s opinion and you might escape with your career intact. Cross him and he’ll destroy you, your family, and everything you hold dear. For the title “America’s most feared critic” isn’t one Waxx takes lightly. He takes it literally. And now Cubby Greenwich, his wife, Penny, their brilliant six-year-old Milo, and their uniquely talented non-collie, Lassie, are all about to learn the true meaning of “culture war.”


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 May 27, 2009 by Bantam. 370 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Cubby Greenwich's scathing review of his newest book was only the beginning of the horror.

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I felt anxious as I learned the other stories out there that involved Waxx, but I couldn’t shake the feeling that Waxx was just too powerful, too knowledgeable.

Nov 20 2009 | Read Full Review of Relentless: A Novel


Cubby and family are plunged into a nightmare when the infamous Shearman Waxx, reclusive book critic, reviews Cubby's recently released book and trashes it.

Jun 15 2009 | Read Full Review of Relentless: A Novel

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Bristol cops Jack Caffery and Phoebe "Flea" Marley face their most formidable foe to date in this twisty thriller by the author of SKIN.

Jun 01 2010 | Read Full Review of Relentless: A Novel


I just finished Dean Koontz’s latest release, Relentless, and, as usual, was reluctant to come to the end of the story and leave the characters I had grown to love behind.

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Las Vegas Review Journal

Though Cullen has received bad reviews before, this one gets to him in the worst way and he decides to meet the book's critic, Shearman Waxx, face to face.

Jul 03 2009 | Read Full Review of Relentless: A Novel


Dean Koontz, unquestionably one of the most prolific writers of today, continues his mastery of edge-of-your-seat thrillers, with that extra spicy quirkiness, in his newest novel, Relentless.

Jun 11 2009 | Read Full Review of Relentless: A Novel

"Relentless" (Bantam Books, 368 pages, $27), by Dean Koontz: In this latest thriller from Dean Koontz (a master at spinning dark tales), Cullen "Cubby" Greenwich becomes the target of Shearman Waxx, the most influential book critic in the country, after the publication of his latest novel.

Jun 09 2009 | Read Full Review of Relentless: A Novel

First, this is the same Koontz story we’ve seen book after book: humble, humorous hero with dog and/or family members on the run from despicable bad guy, ending with an implausible twist.

Jun 30 2009 | Read Full Review of Relentless: A Novel

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