""As ever, Koontz goes straight for the kill." "
We have your wife. You can get her back for two million cash.
Landscape gardener Mitchell Refferty thinks it must be some kind of joke. He was busy planting flowerbeds for one of his clients when his phone rang. Now he's standing in a normal suburban neighbourhood on a bright summer day having a phone conversation out of his darkest nightmares. Whoever is on the other end of the line is deadly serious. 'See that guy across the street'. Rifle fire shatters the stillness as the man goes down, shot in the head.
The caller doesn't care much that Mitch has no way of raising such a vast sum. He's confident that if Mitch loves his wife enough, he will find a way.
Mitch does love her enough – and he's got sixty hours to prove it. He'll pay anything. He'll pay a lot more than two million dollars.