Friday, October 19, 2007

The Good Guy, by Dean Koontz

This audiobook comes from the Alachua County Public Library, is on 9 CDs, and is narrated by Rick Ferrone.

I am a huge Dean Koontz fan, so I make a point of subscribing to his email newsletter and getting on the waiting list before the latest book even gets to the library. This one was good, but not great.

This is the story of a man who is mistakenly given a packet of money and a photograph by another man who wants someone killed. Our hero is a self-employed mason who is just minding his own business over a beer when he meets the over-anxious courier who has gotten ahead of his rendezvous with a hit man. The courier splits before our unwitting friend can open the envelope and see that he is expected to kill a young woman he has never seen before. Soon, the hit man arrives, approaches him, and now there is a decision to be made. Does this ordinary working guy hand over the money and the instructions and let nature take its course? Or does he attempt to interfere, perhaps saving this woman's life?

An interesting enough premise, but a below average villain for a Dean Koontz novel. Also, the man and woman who spend their time evading the killer are just not interesting enough. If you read a lot of Koontz, you could swear you have met them somewhere else. And you'd be right.

It saddens me to do so, but this is only a 2 and 1/2 star book.

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