By Dean Koontz
Harry Lyon was once a rational guy, a cop who refused to allow his task harden his soul. Then one fateful day, he used to be pressured to shoot a man--and a homeless stranger with bloodshot eyes uttered the haunting phrases that challenged Harry Lyon's sanity:
"Ticktock, ticktock. you will be lifeless in 16 hours...Dead by means of dawn...Dead through dawn...Dead by means of dawn..."
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