Mr. Murder

Mr. Murder

by Dean Koontz


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#1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz delivers a gripping novel of a man accused of stealing not just someone’s identity, but his entire life...

A big house. A beautiful wife. Two happy and healthy children. It’s a nice life that writer Martin Stillwater has made for himself. But he can’t shake this feeling of impending disaster.

One bad moment on an otherwise fine day has put Marty on a collision course with a killer—a man with a mere shadow of an identity who is desperately searching for something more...

Martin’s home. Martin’s family. Martin’s life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425238035
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/01/2010
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Dean Koontz, the author of many #1 New York Times bestsellers, lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever, Elsa, and the enduring spirit of their goldens, Trixie and Anna.


Newport Beach, California

Date of Birth:

July 9, 1945

Place of Birth:

Everett, Pennsylvania


B.S. (major in English), Shippensburg University, 1966

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“Koontz is a terrific what-if storyteller…the narrative pace is breathless.”—People

“A master storyteller, sometimes humorous, sometimes shocking, but always riveting. His characters sparkle with life. And his fast-paced plots are wonderfully fiendish, taking unexpected twists and turns.”—THE SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE

“One of our finest and most versatile suspense writers.”

“His prose mesmerizes…Koontz consistently hits the bull’s-eye.”

“An exceptional novelist…top-notch.”—LINCOLN JOURNAL-STAR

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Mr. Murder 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 59 reviews.
Anonymous 4 months ago
very good and child appropriate
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ive read all of koontz's books (and there are many). This is one of my favorites. Ive read it about 5 or 6 times and its always as intense as the first time. It has good character development without overloading with "TMI" and it gets to the action pretty fast and doesnt let up. Its a fast read.
sebojr More than 1 year ago
This book was great and I even got my wife to read it and she loved it as well!
Sushi_McPenguin More than 1 year ago
This was a really great book. I was so interested and it kept me intently listening for what was coming next. I hated having to put it down! Although the ending was a bit left field I am so glad I bought it and I will keep it and listen to it again, and again. I do recommend this book to people who want a thrilling listen or read. I thought it was very well written and well read and I still think about this book, it makes me want to write myself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is not one of KOont'z best but it is worth a read...but if your looking for a really good Koont'z book Watchers is the way to go.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. i have read about ten of his books and i gotta say this one is one of the best!!!!
clstaff on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Yet another amazing bad guy by Koontz. While the storylines of his books are great and enjoyable to read, it is his bad guys that make his books so excellent.
jayne_charles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This one didn't really grab me. Given that a clue was dropped early on in the story, I guessed what was going on and the rest of the story was just a procession to the inevitable revalation. I don't often guess the twist in stories like this, but feeling smug didn't make up for it.
blockbuster1994 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
From my teenaged years to today, I continue to love Dean Koontz books. That is more than 3 decades of love. Koontz never fails to deliver suspense. Being a more critical, or perhaps just a grumpy old woman, though, I find his character's dialogue stiff, perhaps because these are largely one dimensional creations. Good Verses Evil dilemmas.Mr. Murder is no exception. It remains an entertaining read and this clone monster created by The Network will stop at nothing to get what he needs. Until he tries to take over Author Martin Stillwater's life. Then it's a fight to to the death.
marcelrochester on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The conceit is pretty contrived and it feels like there could have been way more done with it. Well, he uses it again in his writing, so I guess I¿m right.
ulfhjorr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The first half of Koontz's "Mr. Murder" is like a lame, and yet somehow even more unbelievable, version of King's "Dark Half". The second half continues in this vein, but adds in elements of poor sci-fi and a deep, dark, secret conspiracy that seems tacked on as an afterthought. I found this book even a little too insipid for light-reading fare.
Blazingice0608 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another wonderful Koontz book. This one takes you into an entire family, which is probably one of my all time favorate families in a book, i feel in love with them early on and they kept me hooked until the end. The concept of this book is identity as the bad guy is a clone of our protagisnist and believes that he stole his life, thus beginning our story. A very underrated Koontz book that everybody should give a chance and read.
tsisler on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best and scariest books by Koontz that I've read. I had a constant feeling of dread and anxiety while I was reading it. The main reason for this is that although the story poses some sci-fi elements, it's the general evil, the evil and circumstances that could happen to the reader personally, that bring the book to life. Koontz also does a good job developing the characters. The reader becomes attached tot and cares about them. He even elicits compassion for the villain. For the majority of this novel, the sci-fi elements also have a Crichton-realism-type feel. They bring up controversial topics. The end of the novel strays some from this "real" feel; however, not really to the detriment of the story as the focus of the story shifts from "The Other" to The Network.SPOILER: For me, a hot-topic of discussion from this is whether or not clones have souls. Also, does scientifically maturing a human mature all aspects or is some experience necessary? One of the lingering horrors for me is that Marty's parents died thinking their own son killed them.
Spiceca on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This quickly became one of my favorite Koontz books. While the story line could be interpreted as a little close to Kings "Dark Half"- it quickly evolved into its own web. I especially loved how the ending- while not completely realistic didn't leave with everything intact- there was some sacrifice that was made by the main character.
SuzeQ18 More than 1 year ago
l really enjoyed the drama and suspense of Mr. Murder and the man and organization that created the man who came to believe he was Marty Stillwater. Creepy good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in hs about 10 years ago.i still remember it. Its a total edge of your seat page turner. Read this book. You wont regret it.
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This book had my heart pumping fast the whole time! Super intense and I loved every minute of it!!
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Enjoyed the ride
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