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Dean Koontz
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2 Jan 2006

The international bestseller Dean Koontz delivers a masterclass of storytelling suspense in this thriller. What would you do if a serial killer forced you to choose who he murders next?

On the windscreen of his SUV, Billy finds the first note.

It gives him a choice. If he takes the note to the police, an elderly woman will be killed. If he doesn’t approach the police, a schoolteacher will die. He thinks it’s a hoax. The schoolteacher is killed. Further notes taunt Billy’s conscience, forcing him to decide who lives and who dies. He must think the unthinkable, fast, in an accelerating nightmare.

More communications from the killer follow with ever tighter deadlines. Each is more personal, more confrontational than the last until he is isolated, with no one to rely on but himself. Finally, he must risk everything to save the helpless, clueless victims…

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (2 Jan 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007196970
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007196975
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 11 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 636,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was born and raised in Pennsylvania where I graduated from Shippensburg State College (now Shippensburg University). When I was a senior in college, I won an Atlantic Monthly fiction competition and have been writing ever since. My first job after graduation was with the Appalachian Poverty Program, where I was expected to counsel and tutor underprivileged children on a one-to-one basis. During my first day on the job, I discovered that the previous occupier of my position had been beaten up by the very kids he had been trying to help and had landed in the hospital for several weeks. The following year was filled with challenge but also tension, and I was more highly motivated than ever to build a career as a writer. I wrote nights and weekends, which I continued to do after leaving the poverty program and going to work as an English teacher in a suburban school district outside Harrisburg. After a year and a half in that position, my wife, Gerda, made me an offer I couldn't refuse: "I'll support you for five years," she said, "and if you can't make it as a writer in that time, you'll never make it." By the end of those five years, Gerda had quit her job to run the business end of my writing career. Gerda and I live in southern California with their dog Anna, and the enduring spirit of their dog Trixie in southern California.

Dean Koontz is an international household name whose hugely entertaining parables for our times have been bestsellers in many countries, selling seventeen million copies each year.

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‘Koontz hits the bullseye here. There’s surprise after surprise, including a killer finale … A read-in-one-go novel’ Independent on Sunday

Praise for Dean Koontz:

‘Koontz knows how to do suspense and create a real fear of the unknown’ Mirror

‘Dean Koontz is not just a master of our darkest dreams, but also a literary juggler’ The Times

‘Psychologically complex, masterly and satisfying’ New York Times

About the Author

Dean Koontz is the author of more than a dozen New York Times No.1 bestsellers. His books have sold over 400 million copies worldwide, a figure that increases by more than 17 million copies per year, and his work is published in 38 languages. He was born and raised in Pennsylvania and lives with his wife Gerda and their dog Anna in southern California.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dean Koontz - back to brilliant 20 Sep 2005
I have been a Dean Koontz fan since I was 14 - the last 10 years +, unfortunatly though some of his work in the middle started to get too predictable, with each new book feeling as if you had already read it but just lately 'Odd Thomas', 'Life Expectancy' have showed me that Dean Koontz can still write a thumping good book but Velocity...... blew me out of the water like many of the other reviewers I read it in two sittings I just had to know what happened next... absolutely brilliant I would recommend it to anyone who liked a thriller or a bit of a scare!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced, sometimes gruesome thriller 30 April 2006
When it comes to books, I either love them or hate them. It's very rare there is any middle ground. If I hate a book, I plod through the first hundred pages and generally don't tend to finish reading it. If I love a book I can't put it down and use any spare moment of time to read as much as I can. Dean Koontz's Velocity is one book I definitely loved.

The story centre's around Billy Wiles, a barman who finds note on the window of his car. "If you don't take this note to the police, I will KILL a lovely blonde schoolteacher somewhere in Napa County. If you do take this note to the police, I will instead KILL an elderly woman. You have SIX hours to decide." Naturally Billy thinks it's a hoax and does nothing. The School teacher dies.

There then appears another note, another death, more communications with tighter deadlines and more deaths. Billy is on his own with no where and no one to go to.

It very quickly gets on with the nitty gritty of the story rather than spending half the book setting the scene making it very hard to put down. The short chapters (normally 5 or 6 pages) mean that its easy to read short sections when you get a spare five minutes, the only problem being that you find yourself wanting to read another chapter, then another and another and so on.

The plot continues to twist and turn at a fast pace throughout making the book a thrilling read, I fully recommend it to anyone. I shall certainly be taking a look at Koontz's other novels in the future.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Speedy Read 20 Mar 2006
By imla
I saw this book in a shop, saw the front cover and was instantly hooked and knew I had to read it at some point. So I did.
It's a simple premise. Man finds note on car involving him in choosing who will be killed. Man then finds himself getting involved deeper and deeper - making him wonder where innocence ends and guilt begins.
I've always linked Dean Koontz with Richard Laymon and Stephen King. They all seem to have recluse male characters who unwillingly get involved in something dangerous. Because of this overuse of this scenario I did find this novel a little formulaic and predictable. If I connected to the lead character strongly this wouldn't have bothered me but I found Billy Wiles to be dull. Koontz proves he can create fantastic characters with the likes of Ivy and if this book was all about her it would have been fantastic.
This book is a must for all Koontz fans. If you aren't a Koontz fan then put this book at the bottom of your reading list. It's not a bad book, in fact it's interesting and I did read it quickly but with a letdown ending, few shocks and a kind of predictable tone it isn't interesting enough. There are too many other similar books of more interest out there to be read!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable but not Koontz best. 11 July 2006
By L. Tuck
I did enjoy velocity, the main character Billy was interesting, The start and middle of the story was well thought out, but i have to agree with the other reviews that the ending made you feel 'oh is that it'. Good read but no where near as good as 'Dark rivers of the Heart' my fave Koontz read
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The choice is really yours.... 24 Jun 2007
By Vik
Once I started this book, the plot grabbed me right from the beginning and would not let go. Even though it is a plot driven book, the main character is well developed.This is quintessential Koontz at his best, producing a riveting page-turner, once again. Before this i had only read one Koontz book and i was so unimpressed. I gave him another chance. With this book. Have i made a mistake? Yes, because i spent all my savings to buy several koontzs' books (20 to be exact). Im working my way through them all and not once again have i been disappointed. All because the superb VELOCITY.

Billy Wiles is a formerly promising writer turned barkeep. He has experienced a goodly amount of tragedy in his life. Orphaned at fourteen, he is haunted by the unusual circumstances surrounding the death of his parents. While Billy appears to be an easygoing, hardworking regular Joe, he goes through life with despair etched in the very way that he lives.

One night, however, a pivotal event occurs that will forever change Billy's life. A note is left under the windshield wipers of his car. The note gives him a most unusual ultimatum. It tells him that if he does not take the note to the police, securing their involvement, "a lovely blonde schoolteacher from the Napa Valley" will be murdered. The note also conversely tells Billy that if he does take the note to the police, "an elderly woman active in charity work" will, instead, be murdered. These are the two choices for which Billy has been given six hours to decide. And than comes the unforgetable line - the choice is yours...

What Billy chooses to do and what follows are the stuff of which nightmares are made.
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Published 1 month ago by zeaba
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Mr Allen Jones
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Published 10 months ago by Trevor Ashton
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read.
Another solid suspense thriller from Dean Koontz. The premise is original: a bartender finds a note on his car - he has six hours to choose whether to take it to police or not and... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Enrico Grafitti
4.0 out of 5 stars Another very good book.
Typical Koontz book. As always very engaging with twists and surprises. Wish it went on for longer :) :) :)
Published 21 months ago by paul
2.0 out of 5 stars Surprised, and not in a good way
A friend recommended this book to me, and usually their recommendations are great, but I hated this. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Karen Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Thorough enjoyed this book, it had a proper ending unlike some of his books, well worth reading, if a bit gruesome.
Published 21 months ago by Mrs P Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cat and mouse, will have you glued to your kindle
This will have you glued to the book or your kindle from the very first page, with a story that has nothing to do with the main plot but still very funny. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Kath
3.0 out of 5 stars Velocity
Hadn't read Dean R Koontz for a while so I thought I might dig back in.Quite enjoyed the story,although without giving anything away,the ending was a little disappointing.
Published on 13 Oct 2012 by Michael80
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his best
Have read quite a few of his books, but for me this is one of his best.Keeps you hooked right until the end which is how a book should be.Perfect holiday read.
Published on 22 Jun 2012 by V. Wadsworth
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