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Dean Koontz’s unique talent for writing terrifying thrillers with a heart and soul is nowhere more evident than in this latest suspense masterpiece that pits one man against the ultimate deadline. If there were speed limits for the sheer pulse-racing excitement allowed in one novel, Velocity would break them all. Get ready for the ride of your life.
Bill Wile is an easygoing, hardworking guy who leads a quiet, ordinary life. But that is about to change. One evening, after his usual eight-hour bartending shift, he finds a typewritten note under the windshield wiper of his car. If you don’t take this note to the police and get them involved, I will kill a lovely blond schoolteacher. If you do take this note to the police, I will instead kill an elderly woman active in charity work. You have four hours to decide. The choice is yours.
It seems like a sick joke, and Bill’s friend on the police force, Lanny Olson, thinks so too. His advice to Bill is to go home and forget about it. Besides, what could they do even if they took the note seriously? No crime has actually been committed. But less than twenty-four hours later, a young blond schoolteacher is found murdered, and it’s Bill’s fault: he didn’t convince the police to get involved. Now he’s got another note, another deadline, another ultimatum…and two new lives hanging in the balance.
Suddenly Bill’s average, seemingly innocuous life takes on the dimensions and speed of an accelerating nightmare. Because the notes are coming faster, the deadlines growing tighter, and the killer becoming bolder and crueler with every communication—until Bill is isolated with the terrifying knowledge that he alone has the power of life and death over a psychopath’s innocent victims. Until the struggle between good and evil is intensely personal. Until the most chilling words of all are: The choice is yours.
"Dean Koontz again delivers a top-notch thriller full of well-drawn characters and anxiety-spiked sequences." — Chicago Tribune
"Say this for Mr. Koontz: he is skillful in ways that make VELOCITY live up to its title, and nobody will ever accuse him of formulaic writing." — New York Times
"The plot whips along, growing stronger as VELOCITY gains traction. Koontz tells his tale in an edgy, taut voice with lean, arresting language.... This story definitely will stick with the reader." — USA Today"Genuinely terrific." — Booklist
"Terrifying.... VELOCITY will have readers turning the pages and checking to make sure their doors are locked and bolted." — The Associated Press
"No one can match Dean Koontz for pure excitement.... A good old-fashioned, barn-burning, beat-the-clock thriller that pits an innocent man against the worst sort of evil." — Denver Post
"Graphic, fast-paced action, well-developed characters and relentless, nail-biting scenes show Koontz at the top of his game." — Publishers Weekly starred review