- Taschenbuch: 496 Seiten
- Verlag: Bantam; Auflage: Reprint (29. April 2008)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0553589113
- ISBN-13: 978-0553589115
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 10,6 x 2,7 x 17,4 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 8 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.363.077 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Good Guy (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 29. April 2008
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“Dark suspense leavened by just enough sentiment.... Fans of Koontz will recognize and relish his trademark, gently ironic dialogue and firmly fleshed characterizations.”—Kirkus Reviews
“A thriller so compelling many readers will race through the book in one sitting.... , the novel’s breathless pacing, clever twists and adroit characterizations all add up to superior entertainment.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"White-knuckle suspense as gripping as any Koontz has ever written."—Booklist
“Shades of Alfred Hitchcock.... Get ready for tension as only Koontz can create it.”—Sacramento Bee
“Dean Koontz is a master of his craft.... [He] will make you think twice about the high price of being an innocent bystander.... Chalk up another one for the good guy, who knows how to search for a small patch of light as darkness threatens all around.”—New Orleans Times Picayune
From the Hardcover edition.
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Dean Koontz, the author of many #1 New York Times bestsellers, lives with his wife, Gerda, and the enduring spirit of their golden retriever, Trixie, in southern California.
From the Hardcover edition.
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What sets this book apart from his latest books is that Koontz is not as preachy nor as philosophical as he has become since the late 90s. Fast, funny and enjoyable, it's an okay read - but I do hope that Koontz doesn't completely want to get rid of the supernatural elements that spice his best novels; his thrillers aren't too bad, but I prefer his knack for making us believe the unbelievable.
Although the plot is well-written and the novel is quite gripping at times, there are just too many things that annoyed me. For instance, none of the characters (except for one or two minor characters) was really likeable to me, although, or maybe because they were presented as decent and honourable persons with some dark secret in their past. And what was really annoying to me were the inner monologues of the despicably evil bad guy. He was just too bad to be true :)
When the reader finally gets to know why everybody wanted to kill that poor woman, the explanation seems quite far-fetched and unlikely.
All in all, I would not recommend to read "The Good Guy" because I don't like the good/bad, black/white cliché which appear in some of Koontz's earlier novels as well. Knowing that he can do better, I just hope that the next Koontz novel I read will be less stereotyped than this one.
Here, Tim Carrier, a self-effacing mason, is having a drink at his local gin mill after work. While sitting at the bar, he is approached by a complete stranger who engages him in a bizarre conversational exchange and gives him a manila envelope stuffed with ten thousand in cash, with the rest to come after the deed is done. Tim is then given a photograph and the victim's address. Clearly, the stranger has mistaken him for a hit man!
Moments later, yet another stranger enters the bar and, thinking Tim to be the person who wants his services, also engages Tim in a bizarre conversational exchange. When a light bulb goes off in Tim's head, and he realizes this is the person for whom he was mistaken, he give the stranger the envelope of money, and tells him that is a payment for simply doing nothing. Since the stranger doesn't seem like the kind of guy who would take payment for doing nothing, Tim, keeping the photo and the would be victim' s address, is galvanized into action. Nothing like a lady in distress to bring out the John Wayne in the opposite sex.
Suddenly, the chase is on and there is definitely plenty of action. Both Tim and the potential evil doer are somewhat mysterious. Both are headed towards a moment of reckoning, taking the reader with them as they careen towards the eventual climax that will pit good against evil. Though somewhat formulaic, the reader will barely notice, as the author takes the reader on a quick, but fun, joyride.
A page-turner that starts off in a bar (like velocity) and deals with a cruel killer and likeable main characters. Even though the story is not as thrilling as 'the husband' for example, it is still worth reading, because of the good depictions of the main characters.
You just want to keep reading to find out how their relationships develops, and whether they will survive. The only thing that bothered me was that the book was pretty short (382 pages) , it just took me two afternoons to read.
I had the feeling that at the end the author kind of lost interest and wanted to finish that book. It could have easily been another 150 pages of first-class entertainment.
Anyways, if you liked 'the husband' and are willing to pay this much for a pretty short book, you should consider buying this one!
- the "mystery" surrounding the leading role Tim is pushed up throughout the book and the explanation then told quite unlovingly and is not very interesting at all.
- the character of the villain remains shallow. normally, all of Koonz' bad guys are insane, but eventually, the author explains why he is what he is. this time, he spares himself this task - with a very cheap excuse.
- there is not much surprise in the story, except for the underlying conspiracy which is far-fetched even for an x-phile like me.
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