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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (30,090 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dean Koontz Narrator: Michael Hayden Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Bill Wile is an easygoing, hardworking guy who leads a quiet, ordinary life. But that is about to change. One evening, after his usual eight-hour bartending shift, he finds a typewritten note under the windshield wiper of his car. If you don’t take this note to the police and get them involved, I will kill a lovely blond schoolteacher. If you do take this note to the police, I will instead kill an elderly woman active in charity work. You have four hours to decide. The choice is yours.

It seems like a sick joke, and Bill’s friend on the police force, Lanny Olson, thinks so too. His advice to Bill is to go home and forget about it. Besides, what could they do even if they took the note seriously? No crime has actually been committed. But less than twenty-four hours later, a young blond schoolteacher is found murdered, and it’s Bill’s fault. Now he’s got another note, another deadline, another ultimatum, and two new lives hanging in the balance.

Suddenly Bill’s average, seemingly innocuous life takes on the dimensions and speed of an accelerating nightmare. Because the notes are coming faster, the deadlines growing tighter, and the killer becoming bolder and crueler with every communication, until Bill is isolated with the terrifying knowledge that he alone has the power of life and death over a psychopath’s innocent victims. Until the struggle between good and evil is intensely personal. Until the most chilling words of all are: The choice is yours.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Dean Koontz again delivers a top-notch thriller full of well-drawn characters and anxiety-spiked sequences.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • Velocity will have readers turning the pages—and checking to make sure their doors are locked and bolted.”

    Associated Press

  • “Graphic, fast-paced action, well-developed characters and relentless, nail-biting scenes show Koontz at the top of his game.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Genuinely terrific.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A 2006 International Thriller Writers Award Nominee for Best Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Clackamas | 2/15/2014

    " I wish Koontz would just once write a book that isn't completely predictable. I stopped caring about his tired story line after the second or third book I read back in middle school. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Suzy Betker | 2/13/2014

    " My First real Koontz novel...so far so good! The other books have been about Trixie, so they don't really count :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Callie | 2/4/2014

    " IN-TENSE! The whole way through it was intense. A little more gruesome than I usually enjoy but I quite enjoyed this little thriller. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Blissbitch | 1/23/2014

    " another koonzt that you dont want to put down "

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