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The Good Guy | [Dean Koontz]

The Good Guy

Timothy Carrier, having a beer after work at his friend's tavern, enjoys drawing eccentric customers into amusing conversations. But the jittery man who sits next to him tonight has mistaken Tim for someone very different and passes to him a manila envelope full of cash. "Ten thousand now. You get the rest when she's gone."
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Timothy Carrier, having a beer after work at his friend's tavern, enjoys drawing eccentric customers into amusing conversations. But the jittery man who sits next to him tonight has mistaken Tim for someone very different and passes to him a manila envelope full of cash. "Ten thousand now. You get the rest when she's gone."

The stranger walks out, leaving a photo of the pretty woman marked for death, and her address. But things are about to get worse. In minutes, another stranger sits next to Tim. This one is a cold-blooded killer who believes Tim is the man who has hired him.

Thinking fast, Tim says, "I've had a change of heart. You get ten thousand - for doing nothing. Call it a no-kill fee." He keeps the photo and gives the money to the hired killer. And when Tim secretly follows the man out of the tavern, he gets a further shock: the hired killer is a cop.

Suddenly, Tim Carrier, an ordinary guy, is at the center of a mystery of extraordinary proportions, the one man who can save an innocent life and stop a killer far more powerful than any cop...and as relentless as evil incarnate. But first Tim must discover within himself the capacity for selflessness, endurance, and courage that can turn even an ordinary man into a hero - inner resources that will transform his idea of who he is and what it takes to be The Good Guy.

©2007 Dean Koontz; (P)2007 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

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    Dawn Deltona, FL, United States 06-14-07
    Dawn Deltona, FL, United States 06-14-07
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    "Dawn"

    I was concerned when I saw the negative feedbacks, which prompted my review. This was a delightful listen! So many books require us to pay too close attention to details--we find ourselves getting lost or not knowing key facts halfway thru the book. This is in typical Koontz fashion, an absolutely delightfully-told, well-structured story. Great characters, great story, great ending. I don't know what there could be to complain about!

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Eagan, MN, United States 02-14-09
    Steve Eagan, MN, United States 02-14-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Very Good"

    I really liked this one. The story kept my attention, and the narrator was excellent. Koontz has his moments and this is one of them. My only negative comment was the ending and how it was wrapped up. Too much was built up for the main characters secret, which was a let down when it was disclosed. A definate air of preachiness and overly played patriotic presentation took away from an otherwise very well written story. Definately give this one a chance.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Russell 01-13-09
    Russell 01-13-09 Member Since 2008

    I love books and animals.I enjoy all sorts of genres, anything from history to supernatural.

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    "Great Villian"

    This book is a great listen, the narrator does a lovely job of capturing the voice of each character.
    The hero of the book is pleasent character and the villian is absolutly delicious, love to hate him, and hate to love him.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Germantown, TN, USA 10-22-07
    Kimberly Germantown, TN, USA 10-22-07
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    "Good Listen"

    I was quite suprised at how well this book was put together. I love the narrator! I have listened to several books he has done and his voice is so soothing and interesting. It makes the book come alive for me, taking me to that place only a good book can. RELAXATION!!!

    I was a bit perplexed at the ending. Definitly not what I had envisioned, but it was interesting! I think he left it open for a second in this series and if so, I will be buying it as well!

    If you enjoy a good relaxing book, you can listen to while driving,cooking,sitting at the park or going on a long walk. This book is for you!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer CA , United States 06-17-07
    Amazon Customer CA , United States 06-17-07
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    "Good Stuff...as usual"

    No people merging with computers or hybid genetic monsters here, but good Golden Retrievers and bad people shadowed by evil government conspiracies. I loved every minute of it. Next please.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robert chicago, IL, United States 06-15-07
    Robert chicago, IL, United States 06-15-07
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    "one of the best"

    This is one of the best suspense novels I've read in a long time. The narrator as usual is super and the pace, story and characters was great. The story keeps you interested throughout. If you're looking for a good book, you don't want to miss this one.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Richard A. Bamberg Colorado Springs, CO 06-08-07
    Richard A. Bamberg Colorado Springs, CO 06-08-07 Member Since 2004
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    "Not Bad but not Dean's Best"

    I've been reading Dean's novels since 1968. This is not one of my favorites, even though it has some really good moments and Dean's normal attention to detail that shows his research into the background of his characters. The main villain is similar to the DROTH villain, but with enough uniqueness to make him stand out. The protagonist is typical of Dean and likens to those in The Good Husband, DROTH, and Life Expectancy.
    The female lead was interested although some of her background seemed torn from another of Dean's books.
    Overall I liked the book and found the ending justified the body.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Ray Jacksonville, TX, USA 06-11-07
    Ray Jacksonville, TX, USA 06-11-07 Member Since 2003
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    "Another Great Koontz"

    The characters make the book, and Koontz has a knack for creating the most strange, interesting, off-center characters, and this book is no exception!

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Jami Oakland, OR, USA 06-23-07
    Jami Oakland, OR, USA 06-23-07
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    "Good Guy=Great Book!"

    Koontz has done it again! The Good Guy is going to be a classic. You think Odd Thomas is a hit? The Good Guy is the next big thing. This is the only Koontz book I have read twice within a week, not to "get it" but because it is so good you can't put it down the first time through, and the second time you want to take it slow and easy.
    Can't wait for a sequel if there's to be one, if there's not, what a mistake!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Richie Texas 06-18-07
    Richie Texas 06-18-07 Listener Since 2007
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    "Koontz back at it."

    If you like koontz (especially his recent stuff) then you will love The Good Guy. While the characters are not as fleshed out as some of his slower paced novels, he writes them in a way that makes you want to know more about them. I think it was just so fast paced that there wasn't enough time in the book to spend time on the characters. As far as the production goes I would give it four stars. The only reason is that the narrator was a bit different than i was used to. Eventually I started to enjoy his narration, but there were a few times during dialogue that I lost track of who was talking. That is my only real complaint about the production. Some might complain that The Good Guyis a bit formulaic, but if the formula works I say "Go Dean!" I think you will enjoy this one, and I don't think you will regret it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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