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The Good Guy by Dean Koontz
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Jan 14, 12

bookshelves: mystery, fiction
Read in January, 2012

Listened to this on CD. A very gripping story with some unexpected twists. Tim Carrier is an average guy, a mason, who enjoys his quiet life. One day, when enjoying a beer at his favorite bar, he is approached by a nervous guy who hands him an envelope stuffed with cash and the picture of a woman. Tim is told that he will "get the rest when she's gone." This guy leaves, and a short time later, another guy comes in and sits next to Tim. Tim quickly figures out this guy, Krait, is the actual hired killer, and Krait mistakes Tim for the client. Tim hands Krait the envelope with the money, but pockets the picture, and tells the assassin that this is a fee for not doing anything, and that he has changed his mind. Tim then sets off to find this mysterious woman to warn her that someone is out to kill her. Tim and Linda, a writer, wind up on the run as they try to keep one step ahead of Krait and try to figure out why someone wants her dead in the first place. Tim and Linda are a very likeable duo, and their banter is often darkly comic. Krait really steals the show. He is truly a scary villain, with a cold calculated demeanor only outmatched by his ego. There is one scene, which is extremely dark but funny, where Krait occupies a house he thinks will be empty for a while-- only to have a string of unexpected visitors.
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