A terrifying novel that will chill the blood even as it rends the hearts
Dean Koontz was born into a very poor family and learned early on to escape into fiction. His novels have sold over 200 million copies worldwide and more than thirty have appeared on national and international bestseller lists. He lives in southern California with his wife, Gerda and a vivid imagination.
A psychic child warns of danger as a murderous family stalks its amnesiac brother and the married detective team the brother has hired to help him. ``Koontz should lure even more readers to his myriad following with his terrifyingly credible fantasy,'' predicted PW. (Dec.)
Pencil in two more best sellers for Koontz, author of Strangers ( LJ 4/15/86), Watchers ( LJ 3/1/87), and Lightning ( LJ 1/88). Originally written under the pseudonym ``Leigh Nichols'' and published as a Pocket Books paperback in 1979, The Key to Midnight (#8 on the 11/1/89 LJ Prepub Best Sellers List) tells the story of expatriate songstress Joanna Rand, owner of a trendy Japanese night club in Kyoto. When vacationing private eye Alex Hunter recognizes Joanna as the victim of an unsolved ten-year-old kidnapping case, the tale takes an eerie turn into the all-too-real science of mind control and psychological conditioning. In Koontz's latest offering, The Bad Place (#20 on the 11/1/89 LJ Prepub Best Sellers List; Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 9/1/89), amiable Frank Pollard hires a husband-and-wife detective team to watch over him while he sleeps. Every time poor Frank nods off, he awakens covered with blood and in possession of some decidedly weird objects. Soon, our detectives discover that Frank is teleporting in his sleep, endlessly pursued by a grotesque genetic freak which threatens to destroy them all. This masterful rendition marks Koontz's full maturation--and the point at which he displaces Stephen King as America's premier weaver of horror yarns. Public libraries should expect big demand for both novels.-- Mark Annichiarico, ``Library Journal''
Praise for Dean Koontz's novels: 'Koontz redefines suspense * The
Koontz`s style bleaches out cliches while showing a genius for detail * Publishers Weekly *
Koontz's art is making the reader believe the impossible... sit back and enjoy it * Sunday Telegraph *
A master of the thriller genre * Washington Post *
Scary. Koontz can really spook, and his dialogue and pacing rival the best * New York Post *
Fast and furious...like a hospital trolley on a toboggan run * Mail on Sunday *
Tumbling, hallucinogenic prose... "Serious" writers might do well to examine his technique. The story does not move so much as rocket up the gloomy highway with the reader in violent pursuit * New York Times *