The Good Guy

The Good Guy

by Dean Koontz
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In my opinion, Dean Koontz is usually at his best when writing in a realistic vein. This novel has none of the other-worldly overtones or supernatural elements so prominent in much of his work. This is a straight-up thriller. Dean gives us a quirky serial killer, a Hitchcockian premise, a nail-biting chase, some witty (but cliched) dialogue, and a bit of preaching (his libertarian political views are clearly on display). The story is, however, somewhat predictable and is very similar in its themes and plot to other recent Koontz novels (Velocity and The Husband come to mind). For a light and breezy way to pass a summer day, it's worth checking out.
TulaneGirl More than 1 year ago
Usually I'm intrigued by the characters and their thrilling journey. This, however, was slightly disappointing. Although the male lead character was engaging, the female lead was not as engaging and at times irritated me. I was unable to connect with her and sometimes wished the killer-for-hire would just get her already. He definitely has better books to represent him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a Koontz fan, I found this to be a disappointing read. It was very predictable and the end made me wonder if he was close to a publisher's deadline and wrapped up in a hurry.
catloverMJ More than 1 year ago
I usually enjoy Kean Koontz books, but The Good Guy was very dragged out and did not keep my interest. I got bored with it and only read half the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
thought it was OKAY. I really like the killers character. Would have like to see more of him. Thought the ending was way over the top. Loads of annoying charactors. Finished it because I started it. Not one of his best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I should have known not to read this book. Koontz writes best when he writes sci-fi. And I LOVE the Odd Thomas character. And I love dry humor but not in more than one character. This book may be suspenseful but I quit reading after a few chapters. If I buy Koontz, it's to read believable sci-fi with great characters. Gone are the good 'ol days apparently. Sorry Dean
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is just one long chase scene, and there are no clues as to why that would keep you interested. The whole story is just ridiculous and the ending a farce.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had hoped for more, but like Stephen King, Koontz's vintage work just isn't there any more. The characters were very shallow and underdeveloped. The big secret that was so elusive was really nothing that interesting. It was just a giant chase scene with a very quick, undramatic ending.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Usually love his books, but this one was a real disappointment. Never made me like the characters and was totally clueless when it comes to describing how a woman thinks. Read half of it and was relieved to put it down. Hope he gets back to his old self because I wouldn't read anything else like this. Bring back Christopher Snow!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Disappointing, boring, characters I couldn't even care about. Yes, we have seen this story before, and it's been done too many times. Let's get back to some original story lines from Koontz.
Birdiemom More than 1 year ago
Dean Koontz is known for really frightening, scary stories fill with all manner of supernatural ugly things - that are always vanquished to happy endings. This is a Koontz book with no supernatural scaries at all - It's a wonderful mystery, with plot turns and a lot of action. The mystery is defined in the first few paragraphs and as usual, Koontz develops his characters in a way that makes you really know - and care about - them. I always read whatever Dean Koontz writes and my sister, who does NOT like ghosts/aliens/supernatural beings - told me that she really liked this book (I gave it to her for Christmas).
Sarah_N_NC More than 1 year ago
It took Koontz almost ten chapters to really get into an interesting plot, and by that time I couldn't take it anymore. I put it down. Unbelievably boring and the characters were irritating. The dialogue sounded fake/forced, like a made-for-TV movie with C actors. Don't waste your time.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
I have to say that I enjoyed THE GOOD GUY a whole lot more than THE HUSBAND, which I didn't even finish. Although there's no paranormal elements to this book, like my favorite Koontz books have, this is a pretty good thriller.

Tim Carrier is the quiet, stay-out-of-the-way-and-disappear-into-the-shadows type of guy. That seems to be working fine, until a customer walks into the bar where Tim's at and mistakes him for a hired killer. Before he can rectify the mistake, another man enters, and it doesn't take Tim long to figure out that THIS man is the REAL killer. It also becomes quite clear that offering the hit man money to not kill anyone isn't going to work.

What follows is Tim doing what Tim does best -- taking on the problems of others as if it were his mission. As the humble mason tracks down Linda, the woman the hit man was going to be hired to kill, the story turns into a book version of the TV show "24."

There's action-adventure here, and well-drawn characters (the villain, by far, is the most interesting character in the book), and a plausible story line. I really enjoyed THE GOOD GUY!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I liked the characters, and I liked the plot. I highly recommend it.

I also recommend: Bliss to You, Watchers, Lightning, Midnight and Darkfall. Actually, I recommend almost every book written by Dean Koontz.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i was unimpressed. bored. it took over a week to read. i usually finish a koontz novel in two or three days. i wanted to throw it away b/c it just didn't do anything for me. it was like the husband and velocity, both of which were pretty decent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Dean Koontz formula was too clearly recognizeable in this story. The story line lacked originality and at times unrealistic. It the main character can climb a Joseph's Coat Rose, he's made of steel. 'Not Realistic' The protagonist's deep dark secret that was hinted at throughout the story was not what I might think of as something to hide. The ending was rushed and not very realistic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As much as I love Dean Koontz, a story of an ordinary guy dodging a psycho-killer backed by the government is territory he's covered before. Let's hope it doesn't disappoint,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too much witty banter flying around, not enough character development on anyone and the goofy premise of creating astroid strikes to keep us all in check just clocked it for me.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am just an ordinary retired female who loves to read and 'The Good Guy ' has become one of my favorite books. I have read it at least three times.
jlgc More than 1 year ago
The Good Guy by Dean Koontz is about a serial killer who has met his match.   Timothy Carrier is an unassuming man minding his own business when he is approached by a stranger who thinks he is someone else. Before he knows it he has been hired to kill the lovely Linda Paquette. This is a most fortunate circumstance for her because he is the Good Guy. He sets out to find her and help her. Linda is a unique person, a book writer, and doesn’t have any enemies. The real killer finds out the Tim has inserted himself into the situation and the chase is on. Tim and Linda keep one step ahead of the killer for most of the story. As they keep running and hiding they start learning about each other and like what they learn. We learn a lot about the killer, also. While seeming to be lazy and flowing, the story actually moves along quite swiftly. I love the dialogue between Tim and Linda. And they aren’t alone in their peril. Tim has a friend who can help them and he fits right into the flow of the story. I recommend this book. It will be a satisfying read especially for those who like suspense and serial killer stories.  
marvless More than 1 year ago
A good read. Has a good plot line and excellent character development. This is one of those books that's hard to put down after you've started. His characters and story line are believable, thus allowing the reader to vicariously lead the adventure. It was fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wunna make an assassin rp.
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swlittlewing More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put this book down!