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If you don’t take this note to the police . . . I will kill a lovely blond schoolteacher. . . . If you do . . . I will instead kill an elderly woman active in charity work. You have six hours to decide. The choice is yours.
The typewritten note under his windshield seems like just a sick joke. But in less than twenty-four hours, Billy Wiles, an ordinary, hardworking guy, is about to see his life take on the speed of a nightmare. Because a young blond schoolteacher is murdered—and now Billy has another note. And another deadline. This time he knows it’s no joke. He’s racing a killer faster than evil itself. And Billy must accept his terrifying challenge: The choice is yours.
Think fast. Fear never slows down. . . .
A diabolic killer plays a harrowing game of cat and mouse with a reclusive bartender in Koontz's latest gripping suspense thriller. Billy Wiles, a 30-something bartender and former writer, is content with his solitary Napa County existence listening to "beer-based psychoanalysis" from tavern regulars; visiting his hospitalized, comatose fianc e, Barbara; and carving wood sculptures. But the simple life gets mighty complicated when he finds a note with a deadly, time-sensitive ultimatum: he must choose between the death of a young schoolteacher or an elderly humanitarian in six hours. Reluctant local sheriff Lanny Olsen dismisses it as a joke until a comely teacher is found strangled and another threatening note appears offering even less time for Billy to decide the fate of two more people. Who would have guessed that one of those people would be Olsen? After his friend's murder, Billy finds that the cunning killer has gained access to every aspect of his life as the ultimatums grow increasingly more personal. Suppressing horrific childhood memories, Billy scrambles to bury grisly incriminating evidence the murderer has deviously planted. More gruesome deaths and shaky suspicions trap Billy right in the demented killer's lair for just the beginning of Koontz's serpentine showdown. Graphic, fast-paced action, well-developed characters and relentless, nail-biting scenes show Koontz at the top of his game.
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Another excellent thriller by Dean Koontz. His writing style flowed flawlessly and his twists and turns kept me spellbound. This is not a horror novel that keeps you under the covers at night; it’s a psychological journey that keeps you traveling through the pages all night to find where the road ends. I definitely recommend Velocity to fans who enjoy the journey.
I couldn't put it down! So scary I had all the lights on and found myself double-checking windows and doors! If you enjoy books that creep you out, this is the book for you!
Fastest book I've personally read
Very first Dean Koontz book, I've read. 7 Koontz books later, it is not my favorite, but I'll be damned if it isn't the fastest paced book I've ever read. To the person that said Intensity is faster, you're crazy. The flashbacks in that book slowed it down, and it had one of the longest intros before action started happening. That being said, it was still fast but Velocity was faster.