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Mr. Murder

Mr. Murder

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  About the Book

Martin Stillwater has a vivid imagination. It charms his loving wife, delights his two little daughters, and gives him all the inspiration he needs to write his highly successful mystery novels. But maybe Martin’s imagination is a bit too vivid… One rainy afternoon, a terrifying incident makes him question his grip on reality. A stranger breaks into his house, accusing Martin of stealing his wife, his children—and his life. Claiming to be the real Martin Stillwater, the intruder threatens to take what is rightfully his. The police think he’s a figment of Martin’s imagination. But Martin and his family have no choice but to believe the stranger’s threat. And run for their lives.

But wherever they go–wherever they hide–he finds them…


"Mr. Murder is a superb work by a master of the thriller at the top of his form." —The Washington Post Book World

"Koontz is a terrific what-if storyteller...the narrative pace is breathless. " — People

"The resounding variations Mr. Koontz plays on this good story, here craftily retold...allow him to counterpoint the new horrors about us with the old horrors already inside us. " — The New York Times Book Review

"Koontz is in fine form...dragging the reader along through an intricate series of twists and exciting turns. " — Chicago Tribune

"A slam-bang suspense story. " — Lexington Herald-Leader

"Koontz engrosses the reader in terror that can almost be touched. " — San Antonio Express-News

"Scary and ingenious. " — San Jose Mercury News

"Koontz is the consummate researcher, creating settings, people and scenes that ring true. " — Calgary Herald

"The glue that holds together Koontz's intriguing stories is his stylish writing...tight and immensely readable. " — Sunday Denver Post

"Mr. Murder will leave an indelible imprint on your psyche. Koontz takes us on a wild ride where the outcome is always in doubt, and the final showdown is gripping. " — London Free Press

"Lean prose and rich characterizations...Playing on every emotion and keeping the story racing along, Koontz masterfully escalates the tension...with the most ingenious twist ending of his career. " — Publishers Weekly

"Deliciously frightening. This author manages to put a fresh spin on every novel. " — Calgary Sun

"An exciting, strikingly bizarre thriller. " — Lansing State Journal

"Dean Koontz has always had the uncanny ability to take the most unlikely plot and draw in the after page of twists and turns that keep you guessing. " — The Sacramento Bee

"Wonderfully suspenseful...bound to please his legions of fans. " — The Denver Post

"Dean Koontz just keeps getting better and better. Mr. Murder may be his best novel yet, a seamless exercise in suspense...[that] features some of his best characters. The Stillwaters are endearing, and the family is loving but never saccharine or sappy. " — Flint Journal

"Tightly written, brilliantly managed, Mr. Murder goes straight to the heart of everyone's secret fears. As always, Koontz creates solid, three-dimensional characters—he's especially good with the children here, two endearing, funny little girls who are completely believable. " — The Anniston Star

"Koontz neatly balances terror and mayhem with a marvelous sense of humor and keen insight into human nature, most evident in his well-drawn characterizations of the endearing and resilient Emily and Charlotte. Suspense-packed action and breathless terror. " — San Diego Blade-Citizen

"Koontz paints a vivid portrait of the Stillwater family, the warmest, most lovable collection of people since Charles Dickens's Cratchit family in A Christmas Carol. Koontz knows how to grab a reader's interest and keep him or her engrossed to the very last page. " — Orange Coast

"Terrific visceral energy...wonderfully creepy. Koontz nails the reader to the page. " — Kirkus Reviews