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Could have been published in the 70s as well, story had an alien who comes to earth to destroy a MacGuffin for reasons although the MacGuffin also gives him great strength and the ability to increase his relative speed such that time is effectively slowed around him.

Not sure how/why but he first appears in a prison where he escapes by holding onto the under carriage of a car driven by a woman reporter/psychologist whom he then coerces into helping him.

There's another alien opposing him but it's in the form of a panther, I think.

He eventually destroys the MacGuffin, which removes his abilities right as he is attacked by the bad guy, so he dies. End of story.

Thanks for any assistance you can render!

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  • Hi, welcome to SF&F. Do you recall the cover art? Any character or place names? Did it take place in the US or somewhere non-specific?
    – DavidW
    Jan 24 at 18:58
  • Hmm, it does take place in the USA I am pretty sure. I feel like the main character has a super basic name (David... Craig... ) I don't recall the cover at at all. I think I either picked it up at a grocery store turnstile or a used book store...
    – user160809
    Jan 24 at 19:01

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