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The Good Guy – tekijä: Dean Koontz
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The Good Guy (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2007; vuoden 2007 painos)

– tekijä: Dean Koontz (Tekijä)

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Timothy Carrier is sitting in a bar when the man next to him mistakes him for someone else and hands him an envelope with $10,000. The man leaves after handing Tim a photo of a woman marked for death and her address. Soon the killer arrives believing Tim is the one who wants to hire him.
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Teoksen nimi:The Good Guy
Kirjailijat:Dean Koontz (Tekijä)
Info:Bantam (2007), Edition: 1st Edition, 400 pages
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 60) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
The Good Guy kept my interest with this fast paced story. But I found the plot tiring out around the 2/3rds mark of the book. I also found some of Koontz's use of similes a little jarring at times. But then he doesn't write to win literary awards. I found the quality of the writing toward the end of the book to decline somewhat. A little more editing might have helped. I also found the ending to be less than satisfying and a bit of a reach.



These are quibbles, of course. Koontz continues to be a solid story teller. ( )
  gluegun | Jul 27, 2021 |
Ending was confusing ( )
  purple_pisces22 | Mar 14, 2021 |
I don't know what is was...outside influences, the flu, or what....but it took me a while to get into this book. And even that's not quite right. For all the other book I've read by Dean Koontz they were page turners for me. I quickly got caught up in the who, what and are you kidding me of the stories. This one felt, well, flat.
The beginning, this non-descript everyday Joe getting mistaken for a hired killer...I was drooling. Too bad Tim's introduction was the highlight for me. Linda, the woman who's being targeted, she's out there. Normally that wouldn't be a bad thing for a Koontz book but here, I just couldn't connect to her and her interaction with Tim seemed 'off'. I know I'm being vague but that's the taste the book left me with. The hitman, now here was a chance at someone really off the wall and a chance to go to the dark side; what we got was a villain as flat as the reflection in the mirrors that he likes so much. The supporting characters, they were in the book.
I'm not going to give away any 'spoilers' because frankly, this is one you have to judge for yourself. Just think that somewhere we lost our way in writing this one. What a shame. ( )
  ChachaJ | Feb 1, 2021 |
The starting point of this thriller by Dean Koontz is quite clever - due to a case of mistaken identity in a bar, the "good guy" Tim Carrier comes between a contract killer and his intended victim, Linda Paquette.

Tim gets the name and picture of Linda Paquette, and he goes off to warn her that someone is paying $20,000 to have her killed. But soon the killer is out to get not only Linda, but Tim as well, and the chase begins.

Tim and Linda have to run away from the killer, Krait, while simultaneously trying to figure out why anybody wants Linda dead - she doesn't know herself. The action starts immediately, and doesn't let up until the very end. Of course, being thrown together by chance (and this being a book), Tim and Linda start to warm up to each other during the pursuit.

One of the best parts of the book, apart from the action, is the dialogue between Tim and Linda as they get to know each other. Their banter is both witty and in places laugh-out-aloud funny, while at the same time feeling completely authentic. No small feat.

In Krait, the contract killer, Dean Koontz has created a really creepy assassin. A real psychopath, who can be extremely charming and affable when he wants to, and who is obsessed with cleanliness. Also, he is very good at what he does, which is killing people. We get to know quite a bit about Krait and how he sees the world, and that makes him even scarier.

So, there is great action, great dialogue and a great (if that's the word) killer. The only disappointment of the book is the ending, or rather the reason why Krait is trying to kill Linda. Given how good everything else is in the book, I expected some clever reason as well. But in my mind the reason given is pretty weak and far-fetched, not on a par with the quality of the rest of the book. It is a minor complaint though, and I still rate it at five stars.

This is, believe it or not, the first novel by Dean Koontz that I have read, but it won't be the last. I was really impressed by his writing style and rich language, and the suspense was top notch. I highly recommend this book, and I'm looking forward to reading more by Dean Koontz. ( )
  Henrik_Warne | Dec 13, 2020 |
Bah.

Bah I say.

I decided to read some Koontz to get into a Halloween type of mood. Why do I do this to myself?

Besides having a ridiculous premise (dude thinks guy at bar is hired hitman) and guy the so called Good Guy decides to do what it takes to stop a woman he does t know from getting killed. The development of the good guy and woman is woefully inadequate. Koontz spends most of the book giving us the hitman's world view and it sucks. One chapter was enough. But nope we keep going back to him. The dialogue between characters was awful and the ending ludicrous.

Also a freaking dog appears but at least it's not a golden retriever.

The good guy in this book, Tim is dark and mysterious, but sorry I pegged him as former military within ten minutes. I am getting fed up with Koontz writing every character now is military and former military. Guess that's the only way he can explain them using weapons proficiently.

And I'm sorry, I don't buy why Tim is hell bent on getting involved with this whole thing cause he sees the woman he's paid to kill, face. Linda (the target) is a writer and man oh man she's irking. She's Gillian Flynn's cool girl brought to life. She can't answer questions or act like a regular human being, just talks in puzzles for most of the book before pushing a big reveal onto Tim about her life that I didn't buy for a second.

The other characters are barely in this and we just follow Tim and Linda as they hide from the bad guy.

Tim and Linda also make stupid decisions so that was fun to read (no it wasn't).

The writing wasn't great. I don't know what else to say besides that. I feel like Koontz has forgotten how people speak to each other (not in cliche form). Also it's creepy for a man to pop up and be all hey I may be falling in love with you as you run for your lives.

The flow was awful. There's a distinct difference every time you shift from Tim, Tim's friend who is trying to help and the hired killer.

The ending was a joke. I won't even get into it besides it just made the book worse than I thought was possible at that point. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
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Timothy Carrier is sitting in a bar when the man next to him mistakes him for someone else and hands him an envelope with $10,000. The man leaves after handing Tim a photo of a woman marked for death and her address. Soon the killer arrives believing Tim is the one who wants to hire him.

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