Velocity by Dean Koontz

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

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If you don’t take this note to the police . . . I will kill a lovely blond schoolteacher. . . . If you do . . . I will instead kill an elderly woman active in charity work. You have six hours to decide. The choice is yours.
 
The typewritten note under his windshield seems like just a sick joke. But in less than twenty-four hours, Billy Wiles, an ordinary, hardworking guy, is about to see his life take on the speed of a nightmare. Because a young blond schoolteacher is murdered—and now Billy has another note. And another deadline. This time he knows it’s no joke. He’s racing a killer faster than evil itself. And Billy must accept his terrifying challenge: The choice is yours.
 
Think fast. Fear never slows down. . . .
 

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. 481 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Crime. Fiction

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Then there’s a note on Billy’s windshield: If you don’t take this note to the police and get them involved, I will kill a lovely blond schoolteacher somewhere in Napa County.

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Maybe it was written as fast as it reads, because Koontz forgets, or simply chooses not to make, explanatory links between several plot points, which ultimately attaches to the novel a feeling of baseness.

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Wiles is a quietly multi-dimensional character with a life that has been punctuated by tragedy --- orphaned by a mind-numbing occurrence at 14, his fiancée rendered comatose for four years by an accidental poisoning --- and outside of his barkeeping duties and his bedside vigil with his fiancée, ...

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USA Today

the notes' contents contain the promise to murder various people.Luring the bartender into his deadly game, the murderer offers Billy the opportunity to select who is to be killed and how quickly or slow torture?Fearful of the police for reasons rooted in his past, Billy strikes out on his own, ...

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Following a shift tending bar, Billy finds a note on his windshield that states "If you don't take this note to the police and get them involved, I will kill a lovely blond schoolteacher.

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All these years, I haven’t been a great fan of silly thriller novels and for the same reason hadn’t felt the necessity of going through any of Koontz’s earlier ones like ‘The face’ or ‘False Memory’.But the cover of this one, made be choose this one during my recent visit to the local library.I e...

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Until one evening when he finds a note under the windshield wiper of his car telling him if he takes the note to the police, a schoolteacher will be murdered;

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