Relentless

Relentless

A Novel

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Random House, Inc.
#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.

Fearless, funny, utterly compelling, Relentless is Dean Koontz at his riveting best, an unforgettable tale of the fragile bonds that hold together all that we most cherish—and of those who would tear those bonds asunder.



Baker & Taylor
Unable to let go of a poor review of his latest best-seller, novelist Cubby Greenwich endeavors to track down the reclusive critic only to trigger a terrifying chain of events that reveal the critic's sociopath tendencies as well as the violent nature of the critic's mother. 500,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
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 that 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.

Baker
& Taylor

Unable to let go of a poor review of his latest best-seller, novelist Cubby Greenwich tracks down the reclusive critic, only to trigger a terrifying chain of events that reveal the critic's sociopathic tendencies.

Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780553807141
Branch Call Number: FIC Koont
Characteristics: 356 p. ; 24 cm

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MaryMaryJ
Jul 15, 2014

Exciting storyline with fast paced suspense. Enjoyed this

jackjackattack95 Jun 06, 2014

An amazing book! Full of suspense! Once you finish a chapter, you can't help but start a new one to see what happens! I couldn't put the book down! A must read!!!!

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gem24
Mar 12, 2014

Always a superb author love all of Mr koontz's books!!

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StarGladiator
Mar 01, 2013

[To any readers who have floundered in their understanding of one of Kootnz's finest novels: hint --- Perception Management! Read the DoD contracts let for the past 10 years!] Edward Snowden, NSA's Binney and Thomas Drake, and the latest breaking news indicating Google to be a joint CIA-NSA-DIA operation from the beginning, more than ever validates this book of exciting and most realistic fiction! Try to read this book concurrently with Scott Timberg's book, Culture Crash!

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Amandadawn1982
Jun 29, 2012

A decent Koontz book but not my favorite. He gave away to0 much of the plot before it happened, leaving me knowing what the outcome would be. Koontz has had lots of book way better than this one.

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Leabee
Aug 28, 2011

Like most Koontz books, the pleasure comes from the way he has with words, the mental pictures he can conjure up. But plot is not one of his strong points, and endings...well, this book in particular doesn't really have one. It certainly doesn't answer the giant "Why" that hangs over the whole story from the very beginning.

Don't read Koontz for a well-resolved plot and you won't be disappointed.

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h19835195
Aug 09, 2011

Some people seem to be missing the point here. One of the best things about Koontz's books is that fine line between possible and impossible. I love the idea of the teleporting dog ! Not so long ago people scoffed at the idea of space exploration. Koontz always sparks my imagination keeps me thinking, what if ...

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watermelon_joe
May 15, 2011

In many ways, I quite enjoyed this book. However, the author's choice to add a genius six-year-old who creates time travel technology and tel-ports a dog rather spoiled it for me. If the best scientists in the world can't figure out time travel technology, then even a true prodigy of a child most certainly could not. As the a teleporting dog, well, really now.

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khuang
Dec 23, 2009

For some reason I just couldn't get into this story. Maybe I've just read too many Koontz novels (which I enjoy, for the most part), but this one seemed rather formulaic and I couldn't get past the 'been there, done that' feeling. I didn't get more than a quarter of the way in before I stopped reading.

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AnneN
Dec 11, 2009

A definite page-turner; laugh out loud funny in some moments, frightening in others; highly recommended.

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