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Relentless: A Novel by Dean Koontz
Review by Andrew Brooks
Bantam Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780553807141
Date: 09 June 2009 List Price $27.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

Dean Koontz has made a career out of writing taut, exciting thrillers that, while they don't always live up to the hype, are nonetheless entertaining and often times chilling. Relentless is no exception. Koontz has put together another solid addition that harkens back to his earlier days. Gone are the annoying trying-too-hard-to-be-eccentric characters (for the most part), and present are chapters ending in cliff-hangers and good vs. evil and near impossible escapes. If you've read any of Koontz's old stuff, but have been put off my some of his more recent works (Odd Thomas, immediately comes to mind) then you're going to be a fan of Relentless.

From official release/information:

Product Description: #1 New York Times bestselling master of suspense Dean Koontz delivers a mesmerizing new thriller that explores the razor-thin line between the best and worst of human nature--and the anarchy simmering just beneath society's surface--as a likeable, successful family man is drawn into a confrontation with a foe of unimaginable malice.

Bestselling novelist Cullen "Cubby" Greenwich is a lucky man and he knows it. He makes a handsome living doing what he enjoys. His wife, Penny, a children's book author and illustrator, is the love of his life. Together they have a brilliant six-year-old, Milo, affectionately dubbed "Spooky", and a non-collie named Lassie, who's all but part of the family.

So Cubby knows he shouldn't let one bad review of his otherwise triumphant new book get to him, even if it does appear in the nation's premier newspaper and is penned by the much-feared, seldom-seen critic, Shearman Waxx. Cubby knows the best thing to do is ignore the gratuitously vicious, insulting, and inaccurate comments. Penny knows it, even little Milo knows it. If Lassie could talk, she'd tell Cubby to ignore them, too.

Ignore Shearman Waxx and his poison pen is just what Cubby intends to do. Until he happens to learn where the great man is taking his lunch. Cubby just wants to get a look at the mysterious recluse whose mere opinion can make or break a career--or a life.

But Shearman Waxx isn't what Cubby expects; and neither is the escalating terror that follows what seemed to be an innocent encounter. For Waxx gives criticism; he doesn't take it. He has ways of dealing with those who cross him that Cubby is only beginning to fathom. Soon Cubby finds himself in a desperate struggle with a relentless sociopath, facing an inexorable assault on far more than his life.

(Source: Bantam)

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