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Martin Stillwater has a vivid imagination. It charms his loving wife, delights his two little daughters, and gives him all the inspiration he needs to write his highly successful mystery novels. But maybe Martin's imagination is a bit too vivid . . . One rainy afternoon, a terrifying incident makes him question his grip on reality. A stranger breaks into his house, accusin...more
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Published July 5th 2006 by Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated (first published January 1st 1993)
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Alejandro
Back then, 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... himself, 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 antagonist. It's quite shocking when I was reading the chapter...more
Maciek
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...more
Dustin Crazy little brown owl
Jun 16, 2012 Dustin Crazy little brown owl rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Dean Koontz fans who liked Relentless
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 he's in my top 10 for sure :-) The book reminded me a lot of Relentless by Dean Koontz, a story I'm absolutely in love with. Mr. Murder was published in 1993 and Relentless in 200...more
Mary JL
Mar 20, 2012 Mary JL rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Carlotta
Aug 12, 2010 Carlotta rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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
Beth
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.
David
Nov 01, 2011 David rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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.

What follow...more
Ron
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Beth
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.
Cody Maxie
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...more
Lorna
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.

Jessica
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...more
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...more
Del de la Mare
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...more
Suzana Vuksanovic
Aug 08, 2010 Suzana Vuksanovic rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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 -...more
Jenn
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...more
Scott Rachui
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
Amy
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
Maicie
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Mimi
Mar 15, 2011 Mimi rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Fans of realistic horror
Shelves: fantasy, horror, 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...more
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
Erin
I am upset I wasted my time with this book. I think he tricked me with this one...it 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...more
Pat aka Tygyr
Feb 16, 2009 Pat aka Tygyr rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
Samantha
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...more
Tanner
Wonderful book! Well written and kept me turning the pages. I have found very few books that actually have the feeling of a thriller, this one captures "edge of your seat" feeling that I enjoy.

It had a splendid ending that was quite the twist. Throughout the book I felt that perhaps Marty was really the imposter. What a wierd twist that would have been, but I liked his ending better.

I was glad that an in depth explnation was given and that no opening was left for more cloned assasins. That would...more
Patricia J. O'Brien
Wow. I had to make myself read this after a friend suggested I might find it interesting to study the way Dean Koontz alternated POVs, including the antagonist's viewpoint. Usually, I don't read psychological thrillers, because I'm a wimp and get too scared. This book captivated me with riveting story, clean prose and wonderful characterizations. It also suprised me a number of times. Excellent storytelling, and I'm so glad I got over my scaredy-catness and read it. And I have to agree that he h...more
Phrynne
Dean Koontz at his best. I'm giving this book full marks for the suspense - sitting on the edge of your chair, holding your breath type suspense.And he can keep it going at the same terrifying level for whole chapters! Wow! I have seen a few criticisms of the ending, maybe because the book does not end at the climax but instead spends a few quiet pages letting the reader get their breath back and wrapping up all the loose ends. I liked that myself. One I would certainly recommend to readers of t...more
Aurora
I haven't read much Dean Koontz - in fact, I haven't read much adult fiction at all, apart from Stephen King. I read the first two books in the Odd Thomas, and when I found this book for twenty-five cents in a thrift store, I decided to pick it up.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised. I wasn't quite sure to expect - I'd enjoyed his writing style in Odd Thomas, and I knew that he was popular, but just how good this book was blew me away. The characters were sympathetic - even the antagonist for mo...more
Christa
I never do this, but I've decided not to finish this book because it's that good. The story reads like a nightmare you wake up from and then in order to get back to sleep, you have to re-write the ending in your brain. I love the main character, and his family, and I'm aware all Koontz's books end well, but I'm afraid! I think I see where we're going in the book and this is just a good stopping place. The "other" has been shot multiple times, and is on the floor. The police have been called, his...more
Corey Tardif
This is the first book by Dean Koontz that I've read, and since I finished it he's gotta be my most favorite author. I really like his imagination and his writing style. The book character's were interesting and the story gets better as you get further into it. If you're a Koontz fan or like suspense or horror novels, you'll like this.
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