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Mr Murder

3.71  ·  Rating Details  ·  19,413 Ratings  ·  436 Reviews
For author Martin Stillwater, life couldn't be more perfect. He and Paige are happy together; their two daughters, Emily and Charlotte, are intelligent and healthy; and his novels are achieving long-hoped-for levels of success. So why does he feel such dread, experience sudden blackouts?

The killer doesn't know his own name, only the name he uses. He has no family, no frien
Hardcover, 409 pages
Published 1993 by Headline London
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May 30, 2016 Alejandro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murdering good!!!


Back then (in 1994), when I read this novel, I enjoyed a lot.

I think that it was an interesting way to present the plot, since the main character, Marty Stillwater, is threatened by an unthinkable menace...


...or kinda, since he has to face a clone of himself.

However, the clone is a coldblooded killer with no memories about the life of his DNA donor.

The story is alternated told from the perspective of the main protagonist and the main antago
Dustin Crazy little brown owl
May 30, 2015 Dustin Crazy little brown owl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dean Koontz fans who liked Relentless
2015 Update: While I still enjoyed the story, I did drop the rating one star and this would not be #6 in my favorite Dean Koontz ranking - that was clearly my evil twin talking.

I read Mr. Murder as a mini-group read in the Koontzland - Dean Koontz group. While the ending could have been better, the story and mystery was plenty intriguing for me - intriguing enough that I'm ranking this at #6 in my list of Dean Koontz favorites. Mr. Murder wasn't quite good enough to make it into my top 5, but h
Reading this book made me remember just how much Koontz rehashes. There is nothing original in this book - black and white characters, government conspiracy, etc. If there were no secret organizations DK would be out of job. And how many times did a Koontz novel feature a heroic couple running away from an evil adversary?

All of this is embroidered by his "subtle" ideology (the god guy is a writer, the bad guy despises the written word). Apparently in Koontz's school of philosophy having a beaut
Aug 12, 2010 Carlotta rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Carlotta by: gift given to me
This book was given to me as a gift for my birthday by my boyfriend so I love that he gave it to me. However, Mr. Koontz could have written this story in half the pages. He spent more time beating the same jokes to death, describing nothing of interest, and repeating characteristics of his characters. The story could have been more interesting, regardless of how much it reminded me of some of his other works, if he had cut out about half of the pages. The book felt to me like he had a page quota ...more
May 08, 2008 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
I had been getting bored with Dean Koontz in recent years (except for the Frankenstein books,) but picking this one up at a book fair has restored my faith. I haven't been this scared - the kind of scared where you're skimming pages in an effort to find relief and know you shouldn't be reading the book after dark - in years. And it's always refreshing when you can't figure out the ending until the end. Good stuff.
Mary JL
Mar 20, 2012 Mary JL rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of mystery, horror or SF
Recommended to Mary JL by: I am a fan of this author
Shelves: mystery-horror
When a disturbed stranger invades his home, accusing Martin Stillwater of stealing his wife, his children his identity, Martin is shocked and startled.

Since the real Martin Stillwater is a write of mystery and horror novels, the police are going on the theory that this is a publicity stunt to Martin to sell more books.

Unwilling to risk his family's lives due to police inaction, Martin takes his wife Paige, and ther young daughters Charlotte and Emily and flees for his life. The mysterious intrud
Jul 29, 2008 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My very first Dean Koontz book, Mr. Murder is an intersting suspense-thriller about a successful novelist who has his life turned upside down when a man (who looks exactly like him) shows up to steal his life (the double thinks the novelist stole his life to begin with). It's quite intriguing and full of major twists that have you wondering where Koontz got his imagination.
Nora aka Diva
Mar 09, 2012 Nora aka Diva rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Weird, freaky, suspenseful and fun to read is the best description I can give this novel. From beginning to end you won't want to put it down.
Cody Maxie
Sep 26, 2012 Cody Maxie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe this book has an average of only 3.63!

Let me start off by saying what I loved about the book:

The writing was A+, everything was clear and I really enjoyed how he would really get the individual opinions down, like with Dean and his hatred for Star Trek.

The characters themselves got me engaged more deeply into the story and caring about their well being, another A+

The story, Oh man the story! You know how in some books you can kind of see what's going to happen at certain points
Nov 01, 2011 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes a good suspenseful read
I read this book for the first time in ten years. I literally read it in two days straight. Talk about a page turner!

Marty Stillwater is a writer of mystery novels. He has a lovely wife called Paige, two adorable little girls, Charlotte, who's nine and Emily who is seven. Everything is good in his life.

Until one day he walks in to find an intruder in his house. An intruder who claims Marty has stolen his life. And the intruder wants it back. Everything. including his wife and kids.

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Koontz is one of those authors that I can't seem to stop reading even though I really don't enjoy his writing style. He is just way too wordy for my taste. He can make a 400 page book feel like it's 900 pages. But for some reason I think if I keep trying to read his stuff I'll stumble upon a book that I love and it will all fall into place and explain why he is so popular. So I doubt this will be my last Koontz book. I'm still searching for that one book.
Oct 24, 2009 Maicie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Karen B.
May 13, 2015 Karen B. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every time I read a Koontz book I am entranced again. This was a little dry in the very beginning but once the Stillwells were on the run the suspense kept building. Marty's look-alike is determined that Martin Stillwell has stolen his life, his family and he wants it all back first. Then he is convinced that they are all "false" people, like "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" and decides he has to get rid of them. Marty's look alike named Alfie is a highly trained assassin. At the end of th ...more
Jun 08, 2010 Lorna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Horrible. This book is too similar to other books Koontz wrote. He just traded names of characters and settings.

The main character is a slightly inept writer with a saintly wife and too-smart-for-their-age daughters who are there for the cute factor. Of course they are all pursued by a psycho.

If you want to relive the memories of other Koontz novels, then you may like Mr. Murder. If you want something new and refreshing, then stay away. Far away.

Rebecca Alston
Nov 02, 2015 Rebecca Alston rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
BORING! I liked the plot but the storytelling just bored me. I wanted to quit listening but I wanted to see how it ended. Total disappointment! This is the first Koontz book I've read and I doubt I will seek any more. I expected much more from such a popular author.
Apr 24, 2013 Lawrence rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the best Dean Koontz's book I've ever read. I recommend it to all DK fans.
Marty is somehow linked to a murdering look-alike. The look-alike manages to track Marty down through a People magazine article on Marty, who they deem "Mr. Murder" because of his novels.

There are a few things in this book that mirror some of Koontz's other novels, which made it a little difficult for me to read. I only marginally cared for Marty and Paige, even though I loved their two daughters. I was annoyed by the look-alike, who seemed to be more of a pest than anything else (but a murderin
Gerry Hine
Mr. Murder, by Dean Koontz ISBN 0-339-13874-9 G. P. Putnam’s Sons 200 Madison Ave. New York, NY 10016 Copyright 1993 Nkui, Inc. 415 pages.

I enjoy reading Dean Koontz books but in most cases hate the endings. I often wonder how a Si-Fi story can so often have such a poor and quick ending. In this novel (which I read in the middle of writing science and social studies lesson plans,) the story grabbed me instantly and held me right through to the end. One thing you have to admit about Dean’s skill
Del de la Mare
Nov 04, 2011 Del de la Mare rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book by Dean Koontz that I recall reading, my wife has raved about his books for quite some time but for some reason I just never seem to have got around to starting one. Maybe it is that in a way he is 'her' author not mine.

Anyway, on to the book.

Wow this book has it all, an evil clone, a malignant alliance called 'The Network', gunfights, car chases, murders.
Its a good, easy read. Well paced with good descriptions of all the incidents and characters.

A group called 'The Networ
Suzana Vuksanovic
Aug 08, 2010 Suzana Vuksanovic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Thrill-seekers and horror buffs
Mr Murder is an amazing story - starting from a personality who has no past and no identity, that is driven by forces he cannot identify and who he cannot appeal to for help, driven from assignment to killing assignment with no idea why he is what he is and is doing what he is doing - leading the most tortured and meaningless existence - he decides he wants A LIFE, he wants a FAMILY, he wants A HOME. And he is going to take it.
From the imposter that looks exactly like him. Take his family back -
Jul 18, 2009 Jenn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the better Koontz books I've read. It was very suspenseful and more than a bit spooky at times. I don't read Koontz searching for quotes that I can apply to my life, but there is a good one in this book. I wouldn't call it profound, but it puts into words something I believe: "at its best, fiction is medicine." The main character even expounds on this, perhaps unnecessarily, but I think he is right:

"Life is so damned disorderly, things just happen, and there doesn't seem any point
Scott Rachui
Jun 01, 2013 Scott Rachui rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent story by Dean Koontz about cloning, a shadowy organization, and a virtually superhuman hit man whose purpose in life is to kill his victims (those chosen by the organization) without emotion. The problem comes in when we find he is a clone of the main character. Their paths cross, and suddenly the clone is convinced the story's protagonist is the imposter and must be dealt with. This sets our main characters on the run, but there's a problem...our main character's double is able to ...more
Maria Beltrami
Per la prima volta nella mia vita ho trovato necessario applicare le tecniche di lettura veloce a un romanzo, per poter superare i larghi tratti noiosi, inutili, improponibili che lo compongono e rintracciare le poche pagine che permettono di comprendere la trama.
Perché non lo ho abbandonato? Puro masochismo credo ...
Jun 05, 2012 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good ole Dean Koontz! If you like his books, you'll like this. It's a suspense-thriller with a dash of horror and a sprinkle of science fiction thrown in. A twist on the "evil twin" story ala, "The Dark Half" by Stephen King. Having read "The Dark Half", I started to worry that it would be a little bit of a rip-off, but it kept me interested, taking twists and turns that weren't anticipated. There were some generally suspenseful moments when, (because I was listening to it as an audiobook), I wa ...more
Mar 15, 2011 Mimi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of realistic horror
Shelves: horror, fantasy, scary
This book was a little strange to me as the subjects in the story are not ones I usually read about. However, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was creepy and realistic. I could not read it alone in the dark at some parts, it really got to me. Definitely a good piece of work by Mr. Koontz.

I was also really happy by the ending. It left me with a satisfied feeling and really tied things up. Would most likely read again when my queue runs out or I just feel up to it.

The only thing I didn't like wa
Jolie Bonnette
The best part of this book was the characterization of the children in it and the interactions of the family. The bad guys tended to be a little flat and the ending took a rather predictable and unrealistically idyllic turn. Still entertaining nonetheless. There was much to be done with the predictability issue. A story like this has only a limited number of outcomes, really, and we are well acquainted with all of them as they tend to be run into the ground in every form of media. That's the maj ...more
Feb 04, 2009 Erin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
I am upset I wasted my time with this book. I think he tricked me with this started out ok, but then got so sappy and corny right away. Yet I kept reading to find out what the twist was, so I was 3/4 of the way through before I found out what was actually happening.

I don't think I've ever read a book before where I roll my eyes on every page! I don't like his preachiness or his overload of sentimentality, and this book was just bursting with it.

I might have to give up on his books altog
Pat aka Tygyr
Feb 16, 2009 Pat aka Tygyr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery fans
Koontz is one of my top 5 favorite authors so of course I loved this one. The main character is an author of mysteries. He has a wife and 2 small daughters. He starts having these strange unexplainable lapses, he calls them fugues. He sees his Dr and a series of tests are ordered even though the Dr assures him he believes he is fine. There is murder, a murderer run amok, and police who dislike the author because of a recently published magazine article. Is the author filing a false police report ...more
Martin Stillwater, a writer, is adored by his wife and two daughters. They live a good life until an exact double of Martin shows up with gun in hand, ready to take all that is Martin's, including his family.

I enjoyed Mr. Murder, with its quick-paced action, visual scenes, and easy point-of-view changes that added to the excitement.
I recommend this book for Dean Koontz fans, and also to anyone who enjoys to read a mystery while sitting on the edge of your seat.
I'm glad I own this one; it's sure
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