The Good Guy by Dean Koontz



The good guy The Good GuyDean Koontz; Bantam Books 2008WorldCatTim Carrier is hanging out in his friend’s bar one night when a man comes up and gave him $10,000 as a down payment to rape and murder a woman. The stranger mistook Tim for a hit man. When the hit man comes in a little later, Tim gives him the money, but not the photo. He says the hit was called off but the man can keep the down payment. He watches the man leave and thinks “cop”. Then he goes hunting the woman to warn her that someone wants her dead.

Linda Paquette lives alone. When Tim locates her she is clueless as to why someone would want her dead. She doesn’t recognize the man who gave Tim the money. Tim wants her to leave her house just in case the man hires another hit man. But then they learn that the hit man from the bar is looking for Tim and Linda. He’s a professional. He doesn’t let go once he’s been contacted to perform a job.

Now they’re on the run. They go somewhere to a restaurant to regroup. But Tim is wary. It turns out for good reason. The man who calls himself Krait (or Kravet or Krane or…) soon learns Tim’s name as well as how to find and follow Linda Paquette. He follows them to the restaurant. Fortunately Tim is canny as well as wary. They escape and are able to disable Krait’s car. Even so, Tim doesn’t take any chances.

Tim pulls in a policeman friend. The more they learn about Krait, the more Tim is concerned. Then someone higher up on the police force shuts the friend down. Krait seems to have connections that are far reaching. Now Tim and Linda are on the run from a man who seems to be able to locate them wherever they go.

Dean Koontz delivers again. Krait (Kravet, Krane…) is a sociopath beyond belief. I’ve read hundreds of books with sociopaths, but he’s worse than any I’ve encountered. He doesn’t remember his mother or childhood. He believes the world would be best if all humans were dead. He has strange connections that keeps him safe throughout his life and his profession. Koontz has taken any trace of humanity away from the man.

Meanwhile Tim Carrier, the Good Guy, has his share of secrets as well. His life is in a holding pattern. The reader gets clues from his friends and from conversations with Linda. Even so, Koontz keeps each fact to be revealed in its time. He builds up the suspense well. I knew many of Krait’s resources and wasn’t sure how the couple would not only avoid getting killed but also get the answers they needed from the sociopath.

Actually, Krait’s character is so sociopathic and cold it’s unbelievable. Also, Koontz takes the man’s actions further than necessary for the book. The extremes detract from the story. Tim’s character is enticing to the reader, making the reader want to know more. The Good Guy is chillingly good.

Notice:  Non-graphic violence, Suggestive dialogue or situations

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