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The Husband by Dean Koontz
  

The Husband

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A fast, easy read, simply told tale which pulls you through the action at a rate of knots. It’s dysfunctional family-based, with kidnapping-race-against-time stuff at its core, a good escapist read.

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Synopsis

The Husband by Dean Koontz

A suspense novel – and love story – from one of the most acclaimed and popular authors of modern times.

What would you do for love? Would you die? Would you kill?

Landscape gardener Mitchell Rafferty was busy planting beds of impatiens for one of his clients when his phone rang. It was a voice he didn’t know. ‘We have your wife. You can get her back for two million cash.’

Now he’s standing in a normal suburban neighbourhood on a bright summer day having a phone conversation out of his darkest nightmare.

Mitch thinks it must be some kind of a joke. But whoever is on the other end of the line is dead serious. ‘See that guy across the street?’

Rifle fire shatters the stilllness as the man goes down, shot in the head. ‘An object lesson.’

The caller doesn’t care that Mitch has no way of raising such a vast sum. He’s confident that Mitch will find a way. ‘If he loves his wife enough.’

Mitch does love her enough. He’s got sixty hours to prove it. He’ll pay anything. He’ll pay a lot more than two million dollars.

A story of love, tenacity and courage with the pace of a runaway train, from its tense opening to its shattering climax, ‘The Husband’ is a thriller that holds the reader in its relentless grip.

Reviews

'There's surprise after surprise, including a killer finale ... a read-in-one-go novel.'
Independent on Sunday on

'Velocity' 'Hits its pace from the first page and races through to a suitably climactic ending.'
Sydney Sunday Telegraph

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

'Psychologically complex, masterly and satisfying.'
The New York Times

About the Author

Dean Koontz

Dean Koontz was born and raised in Pennsylvania. He graduated from Shippensburg State College (now Shippensburg University). When he was a senior in college, Dean Koontz won an Atlantic Monthly fiction competition and has been writing ever since.

His first job after graduation was with the Appalachian Poverty Program, where he was expected to counsel and tutor underprivileged children on a one-to-one basis. His first day on the job, he discovered that the previous occupier of his 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 Koontz was more highly motivated than ever to build a career as a writer. He wrote nights and weekends, which he 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, his wife, Gerda, made him an offer he 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 her husband's writing career. Dean and Gerda Koontz along with their dog, Trixie, live in southern California.

His books are published in 38 languages, a figure that currently increases more than 17 million copies per year.

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Book Info

Publication date

3rd March 2011

Author

Dean Koontz

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Publisher

Harpercollins Publishers

Format

Paperback (a Format)
464 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
Action Adventure / Spy
Books for the Boys
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Thriller / suspense

ISBN

9780007368273

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