The Mask by Dean Koontz

By Dean Koontz

She seemed out of nowhere, in the midst of site visitors, on a hectic day. Paul and Carol have been interested in her-she was once the kid they'd by no means had. A dream come actual. after which Carol's nightmares began-the ghastly sounds within the night...the bloody face within the mirror...the razor-sharp ax.

Most moms might die for this kind of darling angel. And that's what apprehensive Carol so much of all...

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I had a mind to just leave him there like that but... There was still work to do. "Punch in the passcode," I ordered. I'd marched him down to the Utility Wing. Shiftchange was over so the halls were clear. "No way," he said. "I can't. It's a security breach. The core's running— "Punch in the passcode and open the door, motherfucker, unless you want me to cook your nuts again. " He was crying now, blubbering like a baby. I showed him the sending unit, and that was all it took. He plipped in the code and the vault door sucked open.

Spooky," Spooky said. "Well. I'se pleased as punch ta meet 'cha. " The driver smiled. " Grub Girl in the Prison of Dead Women Sure, hon, I got some time. I'll tell you the whole thing while you make up your mind. And this is no bullshit, either. You can read about it in the papers. You know about Grubs, right? No? Shit man, you from overseas or something? I'll make a long story short. "Grubs" are what they call us, same way they call black people niggers. Nice tag, huh? But I guess we are a little on the pasty side.

Barrows' shoulders slumped. "She caught me eating her Kleenex out of the wastebasket. " "—whenever she had a cold or the flu... " He rubbed his face in his hands. "All that Kleenex. " It was like a treat, like a midnight snack. When Barrows looked back up at Untermann, it was shamefully, between his fingers. But the curt, elegant face remained unchanged. It remained inquisitive, calculating. Not shocked. He sat back up straight in the leather chair. " "For the same reason an oro-facial surgeon is not 'disgusted' by a critical burn victim, The same reason a dentist isn't disgusted by an abscess, Your job is ministering to the intricacies of finance, Mr.

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