The Girl, the Gold Watch & Everything: A Novel

By John D. MacDonald, Dean Koontz

From John D. MacDonald, one of many enduring American novelists of the 20th century, comes a technology fiction vintage with a undying premise. An aimless younger guy discovers the way to cease the realm in its tracks—and that’s whilst his existence actually begins.

Introduction by way of Dean Koontz

Once a standard math instructor, Omar Krepps built a knack for playing, accrued a superb fortune, and spent the remainder of his lifestyles touring the realm and freely giving his thousands. Upon his loss of life, although, Krepps bequeaths not anything to his nephew and basically dwelling blood relative, Kirby Winter—nothing, that's, other than an vintage watch and a sealed letter to be opened after one year.

But Kirby has even more in his ownership than he realizes. The watch has the ability to govern time. not just does this revelation make clear the secret of his uncle’s existence, it places Kirby at the route to incredible wealth and a brand new hire on love . . . in addition to an entire host of lethal problems. Even in a universe the place time is not any factor, Kirby needs to tread conscientiously to stick one step prior to danger.

Praise for John D. MacDonald

“To diggers 1000 years from now, the works of John D. MacDonald will be a treasure at the order of the tomb of Tutankhamen.”—Kurt Vonnegut

“As a tender author, all I ever sought after used to be to the touch readers as powerfully as John D. MacDonald touched me.”—Dean Koontz

“John D. MacDonald was once a author means prior to his time.”—John Saul

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He heard a distant screaming of girls as he fell into velvet. 11 KIRBY got here up from a long way areas, like blundering up cellar stairs at midnight towards the sting of sunshine on the kitchen sill. He opened his eyes and the sunshine used to be like a twig of acid. there has been a sluggish ordinary pulsation over his ear, like a baby attempting to get a balloon begun. a person took carry of his chin and shook his head approximately, and he marveled that it didn't come unfastened and fall off. He squinted up into the outsized face of the large one, Rene. “Look at a few reliable knots, buddy,” Rene acknowledged jovially. Kirby used to be sitting in an armchair. He regarded down. there has been a unmarried strand of clothesline lashing either palms jointly, simply above the elbows, pulling his elbows tightly jointly, making him droop his again awkwardly. His arms, a little bit numbed, weren't constrained, however the arc in their flow used to be constrained. A moment strand lashed his knees jointly, simply above the knees. either traces have been fixed with a unmarried, useful sq. knot. “Learn anything on a daily basis, blood brother. by no means tie wrists. by no means tie ankles. See them knots? You can’t get anyplace close to both of them together with your palms or your the teeth, and also you acquired no technique to wiggle out. You don’t recognize something approximately knots. ” “I bet you were given loose,” Kirby stated dispiritedly. “And received Raoul unfastened. He used to be approximately unfastened besides. So I obtained by means of the door and pow! ” “Yes indeed,” Kirby stated. “Pow. ” He regarded round the empty room. “Where’s leave out Beaumont? And leave out Farnham? ” “Beaumont? That used to be the blonde, huh? She determined to not loiter around. ” Rene seemed and sounded pissed off. He had a makeshift bandage on his wrist and lengthy deep scratches on his throat. “When we attempted to snatch her, she went off like a bomb. Bit hell out of me. Scratched like a tiger. Kicked Raoul reliable, belted him one within the eye and went out the again, during the door you busted all to hell. ” Kirby struggled to strength his brain into paths of common sense. Rene sat at the sofa. He appeared completely comfortable. “Aren’t you afraid pass over Beaumont may perhaps summon the police? ” “Her? Nah. She won’t. She run correct into the boss and a pair boys he picked up neighborhood. One sturdy thump on most sensible of the top settled her correct down. ” Kirby moved his fingers and was once capable of see his wrist watch. It used to be twenty mins of 5. “What’s going to take place now? ” Rene shrugged. “We simply wait. The boss is figuring a few form of deal to get you and Wilma onto the Glorianna. possibly they’ll take off with all of the correct clearances, then anchor off somewhere, and we’ll get out to her in a small boat. ” “Oh. ” “It made the boss genuine chuffed to determine you, iciness. i assume you’re the jackpot during this factor. The boss thinks every little thing goes to see simply nice from right here in. It acquired lovely tousled for it slow. an excessive amount of exposure. The boss hates exposure on a enterprise deal. If, like they are saying, you were given twenty-seven million hidden away somewhere, i assume you’re worthy loads of attempt. ” “Where could they take leave out Beaumont? ” “I don’t comprehend. I don’t comprehend if too many of us are nonetheless attracted to the boat.

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