A year after the heart transplant that saved him from certain death, thirty-four year-old Ryan Perry has never felt better. Business is good at his Internet company, and he hopes to reconcile with the girlfriend who inexplicably broke things off. But someone is out there who intends to collect on a prior claim to the one thing that made it all possible...
It begins with a piece of jewelry in the mail, a heart pendant, without a return address. Then a box of little valentine candy hearts arrives. A graphic heart surgery video supplants the advertising demo Ryan is watching with a chilling message: Your heart belongs to me. The harassment escalates and Ryan is made to understand that all he values will be taken from him. And as every facet of his life comes under siege, he begins to glimpse a mysterious woman stalking him a woman who looks just like the twenty-eight-year-old donor of the heart beating steadily within his own chest.
She wants it back.
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Dean Ray Koontz is an American author. His novels are broadly described as suspense thrillers, but also frequently incorporate elements of horror, fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and satire. Several of his books have appeared on the New York Times Bestseller List, with many of them reaching the number one position. Koontz wrote under a number of pen names earlier in his career, including "David Axton", "Leigh Nichols" and "Brian Coffey".
When he was a senior in college, Dean Koontz won an Atlantic Monthly fiction competition and has been writing ever since. His books are published in 38 languages and he has sold over 450 million copies to date.
Dean Koontz lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever, Anna, and the enduring spirit of their golden, Trixie.
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