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The Husband | [Dean Koontz]

The Husband

With each and every new novel, Dean Koontz raises the stakes, and the pulse rate, higher than any other author. Now, in what may be his most suspenseful and heartfelt novel ever, he brings us the story of an ordinary man whose extraordinary commitment to his wife will take him on a harrowing journey of adventure, sacrifice, and redemption to the mystery of love itself, and to a showdown with the darkness that would destroy it forever.
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Publisher's Summary

With each and every new novel, Dean Koontz raises the stakes, and the pulse rate, higher than any other author. Now, in what may be his most suspenseful and heartfelt novel ever, he brings us the story of an ordinary man whose extraordinary commitment to his wife will take him on a harrowing journey of adventure, sacrifice, and redemption to the mystery of love itself, and to a showdown with the darkness that would destroy it forever.

What would you do for love? Would you die? Would you kill?

We have your wife. You can get her back for two million cash. Landscaper Mitchell Rafferty thinks it must be some kind of joke. He was in the middle of planting impatiens in the yard of one of his clients when his cell phone rang. Now he's standing in a normal suburban neighborhood on a bright summer day, having a phone conversation out of his darkest nightmare.

Whoever is on the other end of the line is dead serious. He has Mitch's wife and he's named the price for her safe return. The caller doesn't care that Mitch runs a small two-man landscaping operation and has no way of raising such a vast sum. He's confident that Mitch will find a way.

If he loves his wife enough...Mitch does love her enough. He loves her more than life itself. He's got 72 hours to prove it. He has to find the two million by then. But he'll pay a lot more. He'll pay anything.

From its tense opening to its shattering climax, The Husband is a thriller that will hold you in its relentless grip for every twist, every shock, every revelation, until it lets you go, unmistakably changed. This is a Dean Koontz novel, after all. And there's no other experience quite like it.

©2006 Dean Koontz; (P)2006 Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Koontz ratchets up the tension....[A] pulse-pounding thriller with echoes of Hitchcock and Cornell Woolrich." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Paul Fountain Valley, CA, United States 09-12-06
    Paul Fountain Valley, CA, United States 09-12-06 Member Since 2002
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    "Not bad if its not your primary book"

    I found that during the book I kept thinking; 'This is happening in 1 day?' hmmm
    It is an interesting concept but it was a little 'wordy'. I had to rewind a couple times because a change of thought happened too quick.

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    Nora Spanaway, Wa 08-16-06
    Nora Spanaway, Wa 08-16-06
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    "Big Time Yawn!"

    I agree with Simon (Luxemborg) I couldn't wait for this book to be finished. I am very disappointed with Koontz's writing this time. He just went on and on about things that had no meaning in the story. And as far as the story being engrossing or exciting as some others pointed out I found it to be neither.
    I just wished I hadn't bought it.

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    Simon LuxembourgLuxembourg 08-11-06
    Simon LuxembourgLuxembourg 08-11-06
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    "Yawn!"

    Oh please give us something exciting! It took me 3 weeks to finally finish listening to this book because I was forever falling asleep when I tried listening to it. The ONLY reason I made myself listen to the whole thing was so that I could give it a (bad) review!

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