Author: Dean Koontz
Original language: English
Publication date: 1972
Bejamin Chase is a retired war hero living in an attic apartment. He is struggling with a drinking habit. One night he rescues a young woman from an obsessed killer. As a result, the killer has changed his target to Chase. He begins phoning Chase and warning that he is out for revenge. The killer, simply named “The Judge” is threatening to kill Chase but the police don’t believe him as he has a history of alcohol-related incidents.
Chase is forced to take matters into his own hands and attempts to unmask The Judge himself and end the threat of a vengeful lunatic.