- By Dean Koontz

Mr. Murder

  • Title: Mr. Murder
  • Author: Dean Koontz
  • ISBN: 9780425210758
  • Page: 166
  • Format: Paperback
  • Mr Murder Martin Stillwater has a vivid imagination It charms his loving wife delights his two little daughters and gives him all the inspiration he needs to write his highly successful mystery novels But may

    Martin Stillwater has a vivid imagination It charms his loving wife, delights his two little daughters, and gives him all the inspiration he needs to write his highly successful mystery novels But maybe Martin s imagination is a bit too vivid One rainy afternoon, a terrifying incident makes him question his grip on reality A stranger breaks into his house, accusing MarMartin Stillwater has a vivid imagination It charms his loving wife, delights his two little daughters, and gives him all the inspiration he needs to write his highly successful mystery novels But maybe Martin s imagination is a bit too vivid One rainy afternoon, a terrifying incident makes him question his grip on reality A stranger breaks into his house, accusing Martin of stealing his wife, his children and his life Claiming to be the real Martin Stillwater, the intruder threatens to take what is rightfully his The police think he s a figment of Martin s imagination But Martin and his family have no choice but to believe the stranger s threat And run for their lives.But wherever they go wherever they hide he finds them

    1 thought on “Mr. Murder

    1. Murdering good!!!THE DEADLIEST ENEMYBack then (in 1994), when I read this novel, I enjoyed a lot.I think that it was an interesting way to present the plot, since the main character, Marty Stillwater, is threatened by an unthinkable menace himselfor at least someone who claims that he is Marty Stillwater too.However, this "new" Marty is a coldblooded killer.The story is alternated told from the perspective of the main protagonist and the main antagonist. HOW ESCAPE FROM HIMSELF?It's quite shocki [...]

    2. I found this novel in a second hand book shop. The title, the blurb and the fact that the protagonist is a mystery novelist piqued my interest. I love mysteries which has some mystery writer in it. :)Please allow me to introduce you to Martin Stillwater. He is a mystery writer who has started to achieve fame and success. He leads a near perfect life with his psychologist wife Paige and two daughters, Emily and Charlotte. All of a sudden Martin starts to experience blackouts and senses a weird ki [...]

    3. Reading this book made me remember just how much Koontz rehashes. There is nothing original in this book - black and white characters, government conspiracy, etc. If there were no secret organizations DK would be out of job. And how many times did a Koontz novel feature a heroic couple running away from an evil adversary? All of this is embroidered by his "subtle" ideology (the god guy is a writer, the bad guy despises the written word). Apparently in Koontz's school of philosophy having a beaut [...]

    4. 2015 Update: While I still enjoyed the story, I did drop the rating one star and this would not be #6 in my favorite Dean Koontz ranking - that was clearly my evil twin talking. I read Mr. Murder as a mini-group read in the Koontzland - Dean Koontz group. While the ending could have been better, the story and mystery was plenty intriguing for me - intriguing enough that I'm ranking this at #6 in my list of Dean Koontz favorites. Mr. Murder wasn't quite good enough to make it into my top 5, but h [...]

    5. This book was given to me as a gift for my birthday by my boyfriend so I love that he gave it to me. However, Mr. Koontz could have written this story in half the pages. He spent more time beating the same jokes to death, describing nothing of interest, and repeating characteristics of his characters. The story could have been more interesting, regardless of how much it reminded me of some of his other works, if he had cut out about half of the pages. The book felt to me like he had a page quota [...]

    6. I had been getting bored with Dean Koontz in recent years (except for the Frankenstein books,) but picking this one up at a book fair has restored my faith. I haven't been this scared - the kind of scared where you're skimming pages in an effort to find relief and know you shouldn't be reading the book after dark - in years. And it's always refreshing when you can't figure out the ending until the end. Good stuff.

    7. When a disturbed stranger invades his home, accusing Martin Stillwater of stealing his wife, his children his identity, Martin is shocked and startled.Since the real Martin Stillwater is a write of mystery and horror novels, the police are going on the theory that this is a publicity stunt to Martin to sell more books.Unwilling to risk his family's lives due to police inaction, Martin takes his wife Paige, and ther young daughters Charlotte and Emily and flees for his life. The mysterious intrud [...]

    8. My very first Dean Koontz book, Mr. Murder is an intersting suspense-thriller about a successful novelist who has his life turned upside down when a man (who looks exactly like him) shows up to steal his life (the double thinks the novelist stole his life to begin with). It's quite intriguing and full of major twists that have you wondering where Koontz got his imagination.

    9. For the main character of this novel, his talent gets the better of him in the form of a homicidal imaginary friend that stalks him and threatens his family. Suspenseful, eerie and original, Mr. Murder is a frightening horror thriller about the power of words on a page.

    10. BORING! I liked the plot but the storytelling just bored me. I wanted to quit listening but I wanted to see how it ended. Total disappointment! This is the first Koontz book I've read and I doubt I will seek any more. I expected much more from such a popular author.

    11. I can't believe this book has an average of only 3.63! Let me start off by saying what I loved about the book: The writing was A+, everything was clear and I really enjoyed how he would really get the individual opinions down, like with Dean and his hatred for Star Trek.The characters themselves got me engaged more deeply into the story and caring about their well being, another A+The story, Oh man the story! You know how in some books you can kind of see what's going to happen at certain points [...]

    12. I read this book for the first time in ten years. I literally read it in two days straight. Talk about a page turner! Marty Stillwater is a writer of mystery novels. He has a lovely wife called Paige, two adorable little girls, Charlotte, who's nine and Emily who is seven. Everything is good in his life. Until one day he walks in to find an intruder in his house. An intruder who claims Marty has stolen his life. And the intruder wants it back. Everything. including his wife and kids. What follow [...]

    13. Not nearly as good as other books by Koontz, and parallel to Koontz' newer and better The Good Guy. In addition to being science fiction (if I tell you, I spoil some of the fun), Mr. Murder carries a clear political message.Even as science fiction Mr. Murder fails to convince. For example the Other's ability to heal goes far beyond any reasonable enhancement to humans. Certain injuries as--in and of themselves--fatal, with no possibility of the body reassembling or healing itself.

    14. Horrible. This book is too similar to other books Koontz wrote. He just traded names of characters and settings. The main character is a slightly inept writer with a saintly wife and too-smart-for-their-age daughters who are there for the cute factor. Of course they are all pursued by a psycho. If you want to relive the memories of other Koontz novels, then you may like Mr. Murder. If you want something new and refreshing, then stay away. Far away.

    15. Weird, freaky, suspenseful and fun to read is the best description I can give this novel. From beginning to end you won't want to put it down.

    16. Hubby and I listened to this during the long ride to visit Arlington & the Washington, D.C. area.What a complete and utter thrill it was for an avid reader, like myself, to watch my non-reader husband get thoroughly sucked into this book and then want to spend time discussing it during meals and when we would stop for the night at a motel. That alone would have earned this book 5 stars but the way the author word-weaved his web, slowly oh-so-slowly increasing the tension was pure literary [...]

    17. Marty is somehow linked to a murdering look-alike. The look-alike manages to track Marty down through a People magazine article on Marty, who they deem "Mr. Murder" because of his novels.There are a few things in this book that mirror some of Koontz's other novels, which made it a little difficult for me to read. I only marginally cared for Marty and Paige, even though I loved their two daughters. I was annoyed by the look-alike, who seemed to be more of a pest than anything else (but a murderin [...]

    18. "Mr. Murder" by Dean Koontz is one of his earlier books, written in 1993. Marty and his family are being chased by someone who looks just like him. Alfie, "the evil twin", wants Marty's life. The story has plenty of suspense, gore, and humor. I enjoy Koontz's humor as much as I enjoy the suspense of the story.I would recommend this book to anyone who is a Koontz fan.Favorite quote (that had nothing at all to do with the story but made me bust out laughing): "Believe me, Marty, this is a bad deca [...]

    19. Every time I read a Koontz book I am entranced again. This was a little dry in the very beginning but once the Stillwells were on the run the suspense kept building. Marty's look-alike is determined that Martin Stillwell has stolen his life, his family and he wants it all back first. Then he is convinced that they are all "false" people, like "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" and decides he has to get rid of them. Marty's look alike named Alfie is a highly trained assassin. At the end of the boo [...]

    20. Koontz is one of those authors that I can't seem to stop reading even though I really don't enjoy his writing style. He is just way too wordy for my taste. He can make a 400 page book feel like it's 900 pages. But for some reason I think if I keep trying to read his stuff I'll stumble upon a book that I love and it will all fall into place and explain why he is so popular. So I doubt this will be my last Koontz book. I'm still searching for that one book.

    21. This is the first book by Dean Koontz that I've read, and since I finished it he's gotta be my most favorite author. I really like his imagination and his writing style. The book character's were interesting and the story gets better as you get further into it. If you're a Koontz fan or like suspense or horror novels, you'll like this.

    22. Surprisingly bad. For someone who supposedly rivaled Stephen King at his best, this is an incredibly bad book. The characters were dull, the plot was tiresome and the excitement was non-existent.

    23. Mr Murder I've read Koontz in the past so I decided to revisit an old friend I didn't like this one at all. No wait, I adored the girls and I don't normally like kids in my books. It just grossed me out. It frustrated me.It annoyed me. It made me angry. I almost stopped readingny times. I try to be kind but - Watch 'Stranger Things' instead. But I did like the kids, a lot.

    24. A little story that takes itself way too seriously. If you have read anything else by Mr. Koontz you know the tone of this story and none of the surprise twists are surprises. This is a book to throw in the beach bag or to curl up with on a rainy day. It breaks no new ground but will cause you no harm either.

    25. This book sat on my shelf for more than 20 years between the time it was given to me to the time I finally read it in its entirety. During that long stretch, I read Stephen King's novel "The Dark Half" which was published four years prior to "Mr. Murder" and remains one of my favorite novels by King. As I read "Mr. Murder", I noticed far too many similarities between the two books which are both about writers who are being stalked by their evil twins. King takes a supernatural approach in his ta [...]

    26. Mr. Murder, by Dean Koontz ISBN 0-339-13874-9 G. P. Putnam’s Sons 200 Madison Ave. New York, NY 10016 Copyright 1993 Nkui, Inc. 415 pages. I enjoy reading Dean Koontz books but in most cases hate the endings. I often wonder how a Si-Fi story can so often have such a poor and quick ending. In this novel (which I read in the middle of writing science and social studies lesson plans,) the story grabbed me instantly and held me right through to the end. One thing you have to admit about Dean’s s [...]

    27. This is the first book by Dean Koontz that I recall reading, my wife has raved about his books for quite some time but for some reason I just never seem to have got around to starting one. Maybe it is that in a way he is 'her' author not mine.Anyway, on to the book.Wow this book has it all, an evil clone, a malignant alliance called 'The Network', gunfights, car chases, murders.Its a good, easy read. Well paced with good descriptions of all the incidents and characters.A group called 'The Networ [...]

    28. This is one of the better Koontz books I've read. It was very suspenseful and more than a bit spooky at times. I don't read Koontz searching for quotes that I can apply to my life, but there is a good one in this book. I wouldn't call it profound, but it puts into words something I believe: "at its best, fiction is medicine." The main character even expounds on this, perhaps unnecessarily, but I think he is right:"Life is so damned disorderly, things just happen, and there doesn't seem any point [...]

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