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Mr. Murder | [Dean Koontz]

Mr. Murder

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.
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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, accusing Martin of stealing his wife, his children—and his life. Claiming to be the real Martin Stillwater, the intruder threatens to take what is rightfully his. The police think he’s a figment of Martin’s imagination. But Martin and his family have no choice but to believe the stranger’s threat. And run for their lives. But wherever they go—wherever they hide—he finds them.

©1993 Dean Koontz (P)2010 Penguin

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    Sharon Parkland, PA, United States 05-06-10
    Sharon Parkland, PA, United States 05-06-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Just OK"

    MOST of the first part of this book was absolutely BORING... I was about ready to stop the read but glad I didn't. If you can get thru several several chapters keep on reading. I wouldn't say this was one of Koontz best but it was a nice read especially Part 2. I like my books to grab me at the very beginner and this one certainly did not.

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    Shirley Oakland, TN, United States 08-04-11
    Shirley Oakland, TN, United States 08-04-11 Member Since 2007
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    "an edge of your seat"

    thriller. Never dull, always had my attention. Dean Koontz did not let me down.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cathy Chapel Hill, NC, United States 10-17-10
    Cathy Chapel Hill, NC, United States 10-17-10 Member Since 2001
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    "Very creepy..."

    Very interesting Koontz book, and I've listened to many of them. The first part of the book is very, very, creepy. It made me more anxious than I think any book has ever done. In fact, if I was feeling anxious about something else, I had to stop listening as it felt overwhelming. Eventually things level out when the "good guys" begin to fight back. Very interesting villains. I enjoyed the narration; he reflected the thought processes of the double in an intriguing way. Not my favorite Koontz, but one I certainly will remember.

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    Latonya Detroit, MI, USA 04-28-10
    Latonya Detroit, MI, USA 04-28-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Tonya"

    Loved this book... it did not disappoint.

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    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 03-21-10
    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 03-21-10 Member Since 2002

    I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.

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    "A good Koontz, weak ending, but worth it."

    I am a sucker for a good Koontz and this is pretty good. The bad guys are a bit more dimensional than a bad Koontz, and the good guys are nicely developed. It ends a little weak, but I really liked it.

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    NEWG READER Upstate NY 01-13-14
    NEWG READER Upstate NY 01-13-14 Member Since 2012
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    If you could sum up Mr. Murder in three words, what would they be?

    Psychological sci-fi thriller


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mr. Murder?

    Paige and Marty find themselves being doubted by a police officer, their anger intensifies to irrepressible laughter


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the girls chatter proves to be more than the villein can handle.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    What if the bad guy didn't know he was a bad guy?


    Any additional comments?

    Interesting plot left me suspicious of true nature of the story in the beginning. The clues finally accumulated to a point of sufficient knowledge, but the power of the characters kept me entranced through the entire book. I'd like a copy of the children's book.

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    Mary LAKELAND, FL, United States 06-03-13
    Mary LAKELAND, FL, United States 06-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good ride with the usual Koontz creepiness"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This wasn't my favorite Koontz ever, but it was still very good. The narrator did a very good job of going back and forth between the two main characters without divulging too much (which he could've easily done if he'd changed them too drastically). Kudos to walking that thin line. The story line was good and there was the usual mystical "are we scientists or playing God" element that Koontz tends to throw in there. He did a nice job of tying up all of the loose ends at the end. I tend to listen to books while I'm working out and it kept me going, so that's always a plus! Again, not my favorite, but I still very much enjoyed it.


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    Ralph Milford, MA, United States 03-22-13
    Ralph Milford, MA, United States 03-22-13 Member Since 2012

    Audio books help me get through my commute, and my household chores.

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    "Classic Koontz story entertains"

    "Mr. Murder" follows the mold of so many Dean Koontz stories. An ordinary, albeit quirky, person has their life turned upside down - and a giant conspiracy is behind it, with elements of the supernatural or super technology thrown in. Add Koontz's colorful character names, vivid descriptions, and fast-paced action, plus a great performance from the reader, and you have a very entertaining listen.

    The story follows a budding author on the cusp of fame, Martin Stillwater, and his family. They are attacked by a seemingly indestructible double of Martin, who tries to kill him and take over his life. The family goes on the run, while government agents seek the double for their own reasons.

    Koontz does a great job playing on the listener's emotions, especially from a husband & parent's point of view. The narrative is believable and sincere, if some elements of the story are a bit beyond the pale. Kudos to the reader, actor Jay O. Sanders, for a well-paced performance.

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