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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (17,656 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dean Koontz Narrator: Richard Ferrone Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2007 ISBN: 9780739332948
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Timothy Carrier, having a beer after work at his friend’s tavern, enjoys drawing eccentric customers into amusing conversations. But the jittery man who sits next to him tonight has mistaken Tim for someone very different and passes to him a manila envelope full of cash.

The stranger walks out, leaving a photo of the pretty woman marked for death, and her address. But things are about to get worse. In minutes another stranger sits next to Tim. This one is a cold-blooded killer who believes Tim is the man who has hired him.

Thinking fast, Tim says, “I’ve had a change of heart. You get ten thousand—for doing nothing. Call it a no-kill fee.” He keeps the photo and gives the money to the hired killer. And when Tim secretly follows the man out of the tavern, he gets a further shock: the hired killer is a cop.

Suddenly, Tim Carrier, an ordinary guy, is at the center of a mystery of extraordinary proportions, the one man who can save an innocent life and stop a killer far more powerful than any cop, and as relentless as evil incarnate. But first Tim must discover within himself the capacity for selflessness, endurance, and courage that can turn even an ordinary man into a hero, inner resources that will transform his idea of who he is and what it takes to be The Good Guy.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A thriller so compelling many readers will race through the book in one sitting.... , the novel’s breathless pacing, clever twists and adroit characterizations all add up to superior entertainment. Publishers Weekly, starred review
  • White-knuckle suspense as gripping as any Koontz has ever written. Booklist
  • “Shades of Alfred Hitchcock.... Get ready for tension as only Koontz can create it. Sacramento Bee
  • Dean Koontz is a master of his craft.... [He] will make you think twice about the high price of being an innocent bystander.... Chalk up another one for the good guy, who knows how to search for a small patch of light as darkness threatens all around. New Orleans Times Picayune
  • Dark suspense leavened by just enough sentiment.... Fans of Koontz will recognize and relish his trademark, gently ironic dialogue and firmly fleshed characterizations. Kirkus Reviews
  • “Get ready for tension as only Koontz can create it.”

    Sacramento Bee

  • “Chalk up another one for the good guy, who knows how to search for a small patch of light as darkness threatens all around.”

    New Orleans Times Picayune

  • “Breathless pacing, clever twists and adroit characterizations all add up to superior entertainment.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Fans of Koontz will recognize and relish his trademark, gently ironic dialogue and firmly fleshed characterizations.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “White-knuckle suspense as gripping as any Koontz has ever written.”

    Booklist

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela Seiverling | 2/16/2014

    " The Good Guy was a book that I absolutely loved! I could not put down this book for very long. Normally it was back in my hands and I was flowing through more of the pages. Before I knew it the book was over and I was wanting more. The flow of the book did not go too fast, but enough to not leave you bored during certain parts. The characters in this book were really interesting to me, and I loved seeing how different some characters/people really can be. What someone would do in a situation like the main character Tim was put into. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judi | 2/10/2014

    " Didn't care about lack of character development, didn't care about unexplained origins and evolution. Just enjoyed the ride. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 1/13/2014

    " Good book, couldn't put it down "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sam | 1/8/2014

    " This was actually pretty good and suspensful book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher Klock | 1/5/2014

    " FANTASTIC! One of the best Koontz books I have read in a long time! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 1/2/2014

    " Reaffirm your faith in humanity "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dora | 12/27/2013

    " I think I've read every novel Koonts ever wrote, and in recent years he has developed a formula that clearly works for him. Two total strangers meet under bizarre circumstances and while on the run they discover that not only are they soul mates, but also that they each have fabulous, fascinating back stories and that at a least one is unbelievably rich, then they defeat evil and get married and live happily ever after, usually in a bungalow on the California coast. Despite frequently feelings of deja vu, I enjoy the pacing, and also a little bit the love story, too. So keep it up, Dean! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 12/23/2013

    " Fantastic bad guy; I could have read ten more books with that wonderful sociopath:) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan Solski | 12/20/2013

    " During my second read of the Good Guy, I realized it wasn't so bad afterall... There are times the stories seems to repeat itself with second takes, but in the end, I found the resolution much better. A good after boxing day read to let 2010 mellow out! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 11/26/2013

    " Koontz keeps it coming with his crazy killers and kind heroes. Cool read. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Talisman Hypnotist | 11/24/2013

    " This book was a real page turner, its really a chase and you get to know a lot about the bad guy "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wingedbeaver | 11/16/2013

    " Your typical Koontz novel... man and woman meet under extreme circumstances usually involving a serial killer of some sort, they fall in love, survive ordeal and live happier ever after. That being said it served its purposed and kept me entertained "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cherylcali "turn the page" | 6/9/2013

    " Koontz again has a amazing writing style. How like him to always bring a writer into his books as one of the main character. The mason that saves a women he doesn't know. The mason ends up being far more than I originally thought. Again entertaining book Koontz delivered again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 5/24/2013

    " started a little slow, but I liked the character twists and the finish. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben Lafleur | 4/7/2013

    " The book that made me start reading Koontz again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alyssa | 2/8/2013

    " Super edge of your seat suspense. Great good guy verses bad guy scenario. My favorite Koontz book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heide | 1/17/2013

    " Loved the way this was written. Definitely worth it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brent Hudson | 12/15/2012

    " Brain candy at its best. The story was compelling and I could not put the book down. I picked it up to read during a 2week vacation and finished it in the first day. My son loved this one too. Koontz is an incredible story-teller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brook | 10/6/2012

    " I just love the way he writes... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carole | 7/22/2012

    " I had hoped this would be as well written as The Husband. I was disappointed. It was full of vivid, albeit confusing imagery and a bit disconcerting. Rather disjointed read that managed to come together, just barely, at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chelsea | 6/6/2012

    " I'm a fan of Dean Koontz...and I forgot about him until I found this in the paperback section that Isabel was throwing onto the floor. ANYWAY, fun book. It started a little slow, but then became entertaining. They all have some fun characters and good suspense/crime in them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emma | 5/10/2012

    " The chase is very tense, and the best part of the book. The reason for the chase was a bit unconvincing and somewhat rushed through, and the end was very predictable... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie Sundquist | 3/8/2012

    " A fast paced story with an okay ending. Not my favorite by Koontz but still an enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy | 9/7/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. I couldn't put it down which usually happens with a Dean Koontz book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katie Boudreau | 8/13/2011

    " This is the reason why I prefer YA novels... I had very little understanding of the characters and their motivations. I despised having conversations broken up by overly descriptive paragraphs about a tree, the weather, a by-stander, etc. I was also disappointed with the big reveal. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sami | 8/6/2011

    " Haven't read a Dean Koontz in years and forgot how engrossing they could be. Read this in one day, using time I wasn't supposed to have :). Tension and intrigue on every page. I liked the little hint of romance in this too, nearly all of it told through the characters' dialogue. Loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Audrey Anderson | 7/22/2011

    " The was unexpectedly good. It was an audio book my husband put on and I really enjoyed it. I don't know if I would have even picked it off the shelf to look at it from the title, but I certainly enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly | 6/30/2011

    " I love a book that starts out great and you don't want to put it down. That's how all of Dean Koontz's book are for me. Action packed, heart wrenching, intense and has a great ending! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fan | 6/15/2011

    " Dean Koontz , one of the first of his books that I read. Not too bad mystery novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Walter | 6/6/2011

    " This was my second Koontz novel and quite a different story line from "Midnight". I enjoyed the chase aspect of the book. Beginning with "The Good Guy" I started learning the importance of being patient with Dean as he developed the characters and story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 6/1/2011

    " A good book, typical of Koontz. You always know what you're going to get with him. Just sit back and enjoy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 5/23/2011

    " This was a good book about a man that talked to the wrong person
    and they thought he was someone else. The whole book is a chase. It
    is not one of my favorite Dean Koontz books, but it was entertaining
    and It kept me reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andi | 5/21/2011

    " This book is actually one long chase scene, but the characters and settings make it a great ride --- at high speed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 5/13/2011

    " Its always nice to help a complete stranger or is it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 5/7/2011

    " Love all of his books! Good suspense throughout with a nice little twist at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhona | 5/6/2011

    " A great book of cat and mouse chase....I loved it and highly recommend it!!A real page turner...Technology at its best!!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Becky | 4/29/2011

    " I wasn't a fan of this one. I think the ending was vague and a little too easy for the characters. I was hoping for a little more than the obvious at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kayla | 4/26/2011

    " Pretty good, not one of his best though. "

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About the Author
Author Dean Koontz

Dean Koontz is the author of more than fifty New York Times bestsellers, including suspense thrillers and books for young readers. His books are published in thirty-six languages, and his worldwide sales top 450 million copies. Several of his books have also been adapted into feature films and television miniseries.

About the Narrator

Richard Ferrone has recorded over 150 audiobooks including thrillers, romances, science fiction, and inspirational novels. He has earned an Audie Award and four Audie nominations, including for Best Solo Male Narrator of 2003. He was also recognized as an AudioFile “Voice of the Last Century” and a “Rising and Shining Star.” He has earned nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards, including the 2011 Best Voice in Mystery and Suspense as well as the 2009 Best Voice in Science Fiction and Fantasy. A science fiction fan, he narrated Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars trilogy. He has also narrated works by James Patterson, Walter Mosley, John Sandford, Eric Van Lustbader, and Stuart Woods.