As Alex and Colin speed toward their new home in San Francisco where Courtney awaits them, they are pursued by a madman who is also eager to see Courtney.
Jeremy (USA: TX) (2010/12/04): My least favorite Koontz book so far, written in '73, Shattered lacks the depth and imagination of his later novels. The story is basically that of a man and his step son traveling by car from Philadelphia to their new home in San Francisco, while being pursued by a tormented and confused killer. The story bears some resemblance to George Lucas' Duel, particularly when the protagonist starts using his vehicle to harass his target. Contains some interesting societal commentary revolving around sporting long hair in '70's mid-America. This book was also much shorter than most Koontz works, coming at 284 pages of large print, widely spaced text; I whipped through it in two nights. As always, Koontz does a superb job of showing us the story through the eyes of both perpetrator and victim, delving into the murky depths of a serial killer's brain, in this case, the killer being an otherwise innocent victim of some sort of physiological condition which slowly led to his psychological demise.