Books by Dean R. Koontz and Complete Book Reviews

Dean R. Koontz, Author Vision $7.99 (624p) ISBN 978-0-446-60339-3
Collection of tales from horror novelist Koontz. (Aug.)
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Dean R. Koontz, Author Alfred A. Knopf $25 (0p) ISBN 978-0-679-42525-0
Koontz's career has mirrored Stephen King's to a remarkable degree--the early pseudonymous novels, the bloated blockbusters, the increased use of horror as social commentary--albeit at a lag. Keeping step, this uncommonly sleek work is nothing less...
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Dean R. Koontz, Author Alfred A Knopf Inc $24 (487p) ISBN 978-0-679-42524-3
In recent years, Koontz's libertarian views have seeped ever more deeply into his thrillers; they wash over the pages of this ambitious, bombastic novel about the desperate flight of a man, woman and dog from a renegade federal policing agency with...
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Dean Koontz, Bantam, $27 (368p) ISBN 978-0553-80801-8
Set in Rainbow Falls, Mont., Koontz's goofy, grisly fourth riff on the Frankenstein theme (after Dead and Alive) finds Victor—previously presumed dead but apparently as easily resurrected as cinematic incarnations of his monster—perfecting his "New...
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Dean R. Koontz, Author Bantam Books $26.95 (400p) ISBN 978-0-553-10664-0
An owl, the moon, an ""eldritch light""--such are the images that Koontz plants throughout his latest novel to stress the bond between his narrator, Christopher Snow, and the night world that Snow must embrace. Snow suffers from xeroderma...
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Dean R. Koontz, Author Ballantine Books $7.99 (416p) ISBN 978-0-345-38435-5
This extensively revised edition of the early Koontz novel Poison Ice depicts an imperiled team of scientists involved in an Arctic experiment. (Feb.)
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Dean R. Koontz, Author Bantam $27 (352p) ISBN 978-0-553-80705-9
Quirky humor and an endearing narrative voice lift bestseller Koontz's winning fourth Odd Thomas novel (after ""Brother Odd""), set in the small California community of Magic Beach (whose motto is Everyone a Neighbor, Every Neighbor a Friend)....
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Dean R. Koontz, Author Putnam Publishing Group $18.95 (351p) ISBN 978-0-399-13319-0
Laura Shane leads a troubled life: she is orphaned, nearly molested twice and loses one of her closest friends in a tragic accident, all before her 13th birthday. Even worse events would have befallen Laura if not for the mysterious guardian angel...
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Dean R. Koontz, Author . Bantam $28 (352p) ISBN 978-0-553-80715-8
Bestseller Koontz (Relentless ) delivers a hard-to-classify stand-alone set near the Rocky Mountains that will appeal more to fans of his Odd Thomas books than those partial to his Hitchcockian thrillers. While out for a walk, reclusive Grady Adams...
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Dean R. Koontz, Author . Bantam $26.95 (624p) ISBN 978-0-553-80248-1
The final pages of Koontz's newest are uplifting enough to make Cain repent and Pilate weep. And there's much else in this novel to savor—and savor it readers must, because some of the book is slow going (it's also much too long).
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Dean R. Koontz, Author . Bantam $27 (356p) ISBN 978-0-553-80714-1
A bad book review propels this farcical thriller from bestseller Koontz (Your Heart Belongs to Me ). Bestselling author Cullen “Cubby” Greenwich is mortified when Shearman Waxx, “the nation's premier literary critic,” savages his work. Cubby
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Dean R. Koontz, Author Warner Books Inc $23.95 (561p) ISBN 978-0-446-51974-8
The first book under Brandon Tartikoff's imprint for Warner should be a winner. It's an omnibus collection, Koontz's first, containing 14 selections: two novels and 12 previously published stories and novellas. Koontz has rewritten or revised most...
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Dean R. Koontz, Author . Bantam $27 (354p) ISBN 978-0-553-80482-9
Set mostly in Southern California, this topnotch thriller from bestseller Koontz (The Good Guy ) depicts with unabashed emotion and wit the magical powers of golden retrievers—in particular, a female named Nickie, who will stop at nothing to...
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Dean Koontz. Bantam, $28 (416p) ISBN 978-0345545930
Bad things happen, but good things happen, too. That seems to be the message of bestseller Koontz's maudlin account of the life of Jonah Kirk, saddled by his parents with no less than seven middle names, each the last name of a famous jazz musician.
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Dean R. Koontz, Author Bantam Books $26.95 (640p) ISBN 978-0-553-80134-7
The premise behind Koontz's new novel is the same that buoyed Michael Crichton's TimelineDthat there exist multitudes of alternate universes, each varying only slightly from the next. Whereas Crichton used the idea to generate high adventure,...
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Dean Koontz. Bantam, $28 (464p) ISBN 978-0-553-80771-4
An old building, constructed on Native American hallowed ground and with a history of violence, becomes prey to the supernatural in this disappointing horror novel from bestseller Koontz (What the Night Knows). The Pendleton, a Gilded Age mansion in
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Dean R. Koontz, Author Putnam Publishing Group $17.95 (526p) ISBN 978-0-399-13143-1
The author of Phantoms, Whispers and other thrillers takes an unconscionable time to tell his latest story. The ""strangers'' are thousands of miles apart when they begin to suffer inexplicable terrors. In California, Dom Corvaisis sleepwalks,...
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Dean R. Koontz, Author . Bantam $27 (386p) ISBN 978-0-553-80481-2
Bestseller Koontz (The Husband) delivers a thriller so compelling many readers will race through the book in one sitting. In the Hitchcockian opening, which resembles that of the cult noir film Red Rock West (1992), Timothy Carrier, a quiet stone...
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Dean R. Koontz, Author . Bantam $26.95 (448p) ISBN 978-0-553-80143-9
Perhaps more than any other author, Koontz writes fiction perfectly suited to the mood of America post–September 11: novels that acknowledge the reality and tenacity of evil but also the power of good; that celebrate the common man and woman;
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Dean R. Koontz, Author . Bantam $27 (352p) ISBN 978-0-553-80250-4
In 1975, the now defunct Laser Books issued Invasion by Aaron Wolfe, aka Koontz (who later expanded that novel into Winter Moon , 1994), a breakneck tale of alien invasion centered on an isolated farm. Koontz's new novel also concerns alien...
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Dean R. Koontz, Author Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc $26.95 (416p) ISBN 978-0-553-10665-7
No bestselling suspense novelist creates magnetic characters as consistently as Koontz does. In last year's Fear Nothing, this veteran author presented his most memorable figures yet: hero/narrator Christopher Snow, whose genetic affliction forces...
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Dean R. Koontz, Author Dark Harvest $18.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-913165-24-9
Previously issued as a paperback original under the pseudonym Leigh Nichols, this is one of Koontz's better thrillers. Single parent Christine Scavello and her young son Joey find themselves confronted by a madwoman, Grace Spivey, who fancies she...
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Dean R. Koontz, Author . Bantam $27 (416p) ISBN 978-0-553-80414-0
Of all bestselling authors, Koontz may be the most underestimated by the literary establishment. Book after book, year after year, this author climbs to the top of the charts. Why? His readers know: because he is a master storyteller and a daring...
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Dean R. Koontz, Author Bantam $9.99 (384p) ISBN 978-0-553-58790-6
In this fast-paced third installment of his Frankenstein series, Koontz continues, without necessarily concluding, his modern-day reimagining of Mary Shelley's horror classic. Leaving his co-authors behind, Koontz makes the most of previous...
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Dean R. Koontz, Author Ballantine Books $7.99 (0p) ISBN 978-0-345-91189-6
This thriller about a homicidal maniac and the woman who stands up to him spent 13 weeks on PW's bestseller list. (May)
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Dean R. Koontz, Author Putnam Publishing Group $19.95 (383p) ISBN 978-0-399-13390-9
The latest tersely titled thriller by Koontz ( Strangers ; Lightning , etc.) displays the author's abilities at full throttle. A horror story with science fiction underpinnings, it concerns a brilliant, insane inventor, Theodore Shaddack, who uses...
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Dean Koontz, Bantam, $28 (464p) ISBN 978-0-553-80772-1
In this less than suspenseful supernatural thriller from Koontz (Breathless), 14-year-old Billy Lucas's inexplicable slaughter of his entire family awakens the fears of homicide detective John Calvino, who as a child was the sole survivor of a...
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Dean R. Koontz, Author Signet Book $7.99 (510p) ISBN 978-0-451-18137-4
Published pseudonymously in 1985, Koontz has revised this thriller portraying a pediatric psychiatrist's attempts to unravel the mental trauma suffered by her estranged nine-year-old daughter. (Oct.)
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Dean R. Koontz, Author Berkley Trade Pub $7.99 (480p) ISBN 978-0-425-11870-2
``Despite some paper-thin characterizations and a predilection for the maudlin, Koontz's sense of pace and the dramatic are sure,'' observed PW. A horror story with science fiction underpinnings, this concerns an insane inventor whose bizarre...
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Dean R. Koontz, Author Putnam Publishing Group $17.95 (352p) ISBN 978-0-399-13263-6
Cross Lassie with E.T., add a touch of The Wolfen and a dash of The Godfather, and you get a sense of some of the ingredients in this supernatural thriller, which should move Koontz ( Strangers a notch closer to Stephen King's high-rent district....
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Dean Koontz. Bantam, $28 (352p) ISBN 978-0-553-80803-2
In this imaginative, mystical thriller from bestseller Koontz (77 Shadow Street), Addison Goodheart, a 26-year-old man so “exceedingly ugly” that his appearance causes “the most terrible rage” in regular people, lives alone in a hidden part of an...
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Dean Koontz. Bantam, $28 (352p) ISBN 978-0-553-80773-8
Series fans will appreciate more than newcomers bestseller Koontz’s sixth paranormal crime novel featuring itinerant fry cook and prophetic dreamer Odd Thomas (after 2012’s Odd Apocalypse). Thomas, who is “drawn to trouble as reliably as iron to a...
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Dean R. Koontz, Author . Bantam $27 (364p) ISBN 978-0-553-80480-5
Bestseller Koontz's third Odd Thomas novel (after Forever Odd ) offers an irresistibly offbeat mix of supernatural horror and laugh-out-loud humor. A resident of St. Bartholomew's Abbey, a monastery in the Sierra Nevada mountains, Thomas has
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Dean R. Koontz, Author . Bantam $27 (334p) ISBN 978-0-553-80416-4
Besides having an unusual moniker, 21-year-old Odd Thomas (whom readers first met in Koontz's 2003 novel of the same name) has some very unusual powers, chief among them his ability to see the dead. He can see, feel and talk to them, too (though
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Dean R. Koontz, Author Alfred A Knopf Inc $25.95 (321p) ISBN 978-0-679-42526-7
Koontz's last thriller, Intensity, delivered shocks like a stripped hot wire. Here, the insulation-the preaching about societal rot and spiritual redemption-is back on, thicker than ever. And that's too bad, because this tale is emblematic of how,...
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Dean R. Koontz, Author Putnam $23.95 (415p) ISBN 978-0-399-13874-4
The formula Koontz ( The Bad Place ) uses here is a familiar one: an overpowering evil stalks an innocent family that remains unaware of the menace until isolated from all help and forced to run for their lives. But enhanced by Koontz's lean prose...
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Dean R. Koontz, Author . Bantam $27 (416p) ISBN 978-0-553-80415-7
A diabolic killer plays a harrowing game of cat and mouse with a reclusive bartender in Koontz's latest gripping suspense thriller. Billy Wiles, a 30-something bartender and former writer, is content with his solitary Napa County existence...
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Dean R. Koontz, Author Bantam $27 (416p) ISBN 978-0-553-80479-9
Koontz (Forever Odd ) is likely to have himself another bestseller in this pulse-pounding thriller with echoes of Hitchcock and Cornell Woolrich. One morning, Southern California gardener Mitchell Rafferty gets a call on his cellphone from a...
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Dean R. Koontz, Author Dark Harvest $18.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-913165-34-8
Koontz ( Watchers , The Servants of Twilight ) has come up with an intriguing premise: Susan Thornton wakes up in a hospital after a serious car accident with an odd, selective amnesia. She can remember nothing of her job, yet she is stricken with...
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Dean R. Koontz, Author Putnam $22.95 (382p) ISBN 978-0-399-13579-8
Koontz ( The Bad Place ) leads us a nice chase for about two-thirds of his latest thriller, after which he sinks into soap opera. Responding to an inexplicable compulsion, ex-schoolteacher Jim Ironheart flies from Southern California to Portland,...
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Dean R. Koontz, Author . Bantam $26.95 (399p) ISBN 978-0-553-80249-8
Once in a very great while, an author does everything right—as Koontz has in this marvelous novel. Odd Thomas, who narrates, is odd indeed: only 20, he works contentedly as a fry cook in a small fictional California town, despite a talent for
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Dean R. Koontz, Author Ballantine Books $7.99 (592p) ISBN 978-0-345-39657-0
Koontz's tale of a man, a woman and a dog on the run from a high-tech rogue government agency was a PW bestseller for nine weeks. (Nov.)
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Dean Koontz. Bantam, $28 (368p) ISBN 978-0-553-80774-5
At the start of bestseller Koontz’s wry, offbeat fifth Odd Thomas novel (after 2008’s Odd Hours), short-order cook Thomas, who has prophetic dreams and can “see the spirits of the lingering dead,” has a vision while he’s a guest at a California...
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Dean R. Koontz, Author Berkley Trade Pub $7.99 (416p) ISBN 978-0-425-13525-9
After a near-fatal car accident, a Californian must deal with the deranged killer with whom he now shares visions. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club selections in cloth. (Dec.)
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Dean R. Koontz, Author . Bantam $27 (337p) ISBN 978-0-553-80713-4
After the sophistication and ingenuity of such recent Hitchcockian thrillers as The Husband and The Good Guy , bestseller Koontz stumbles in this pallid effort. Ryan Kelly, a 34-year-old Internet entrepreneur, has it all, including an...
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Dean R. Koontz, Author . Bantam $26.95 (624p) ISBN 978-0-553-80137-8
Koontz's latest is powered by an impassioned stand against utilitarian bioethics, and it's chock-a-block with trademark characters—vulnerable kids, nurturing parental substitutes, a dog of above-average intelligence and a villain of...
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Dean R. Koontz, Author Suma de Letras $19.99 (402p) ISBN 978-987-04-1059-1
Mitch Rafferty is just an ordinary guy with a landscaping business until the day he gets the chilling call from kidnappers who have taken his wife, Holly. To prove that they are serious, the kidnappers fatally shoot a man who is standing across the...
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Dean R. Koontz, Author Ballantine Books $7.99 (480p) ISBN 978-0-345-38610-6
A brush with death prompts L.A. policeman Jack McGarvey to move wife Heather and son Toby up to Quartermass Ranch, a Montana estate bequeathed to them by Eduardo Fernandez, the father of Jack's former partner. The McGarveys settle in, dismissing...
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Dean R. Koontz, Author Putnam Publishing Group $19.95 (382p) ISBN 978-0-399-13498-2
In his imaginative new novel, Koontz soars beyond the limits of Midnight and his other bestsellers. The principal characters, married detectives Julie and Bobby Dakota, agree to help frightened amnesiac Frank Pollard figure out what he does when he's
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Dean R. Koontz, Author Berkley Trade Pub $7.99 (432p) ISBN 978-0-425-12434-5
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,
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Dean R. Koontz, Author, Dean R. Koontz, Other Putnam Adult $150 (0p) ISBN 978-0-399-13789-1
Playing police logic against the supernatural, Koontz ( The Bad Place ; Night Chills et al.) delivers fairy-tale horror in the form of a detective thriller. In southern California, police detective Harry Lyon and his partner, Connie Guliver, find...
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Dean Koontz, read by Steven Weber. Brilliance Audio, unabridged, 11 CDs, 12.5 hrs., $38.99 ISBN 978-1-4418-1835-5
It is a good thing that narrator Steven Weber is capable of such enthralling performance—it's this audiobook's only saving grace. A young teenage boy savagely murders his family in a manner identical to the way the family of Det. John Calvino was...
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Dean Koontz, read by MacLeod Andrews. Brilliance Audio, , unabridged, 10 CDs, 11.25 hrs., $36.99 ISBN 978-1-4805-4269-3
Narrator Andrews brings to life a dynamic cast of characters in the audio edition of bestselling author Koontz’s mystical thriller. Koontz is a master at creating protagonists who are unique in the extreme. Here he presents two—Addison Goodheart,...
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Dean R. Koontz, Author, F. Paul Wilson, Author Dark Harvest $19.95 (312p) ISBN 978-0-913165-35-5
The latest in this series of horror anthologies is uneven but, overall, rewarding. Three writers are showcased. F. Paul Wilson, best known for his novels The Keep and The Touch , contributes three minor short stories. ``Feelings'' is a predictable...
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Dean R. Koontz, Author, Christopher Lane, Read by , read by Christopher Lane. Brilliance Audio $40.95 (0p) ISBN 978-1-4233-3896-3
Since the night she was born, Laura Shane has been continually saved by a mysterious guardian who appears and disappears without a trail. Through the years, these random encounters prove more and more life-threatening, sending Shane down a dark path
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Dean R. Koontz, Author, Ariadne Meyers, Read by Random House Audio $44.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-7393-1212-4
Actress Meyers delivers a curious performance of Koontz's latest novel (following Odd Thomas). Executed with a kind of curt, crisp precision, her portrayal of the main character, Molly Sloan, is unexceptional and doesn't encourage the proper empathy
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Dean R. Koontz, Author, Malcolm Hillgartner, Read by , read by Malcolm Hillgartner. Brilliance Audio $44.95 (
, unabridged, seven CDs, 9 hrs., $44.95 ISBN ) ISBN 978-1-4233-5687-5
In horror master Koontz’s latest nightmarish thriller, a man is stalked by the woman who donated the heart that saved his perfect life. Soon, ominous signs begin to appear: a box of candy hearts, a heart pendant and finally, a message that...
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Dean R. Koontz, Author, Kirsten Kairos, Read by , read by Kristen Kairos. Random House Audio $44.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-7393-3296-2
Koontz's latest tale of a mysterious canine that devoted animal rights activist Amy Redwing brings into her home is a powerful thriller that should have the listener's pulse racing. Sadly, the narration by singer and entertainer Kristen...
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Dean R. Koontz, Author, David Aaron Baker, Read by Brilliance Audio $44.95 (0p) ISBN 978-1-4233-5679-0
David Aaron Baker gives a guileless, everyman sheen to Koontz's unusual protagonist-a fry cook named Odd capable of contacting the dead, both famed (Frank Sinatra) and otherwise. Baker alternates between Odd's aw-shucks dialogue and a more...
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Dean R. Koontz, Author, David Aaron Baker, Read by , read by David Aaron Baker. Random House Audio $44.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-7393-1559-0
A dead-on performance by narrator Baker brings Koontz's supernatural thriller to life. Odd Thomas, the psychic protagonist of Koontz's 2003 novel of the same name, is blessed, or cursed, with the ability to see the dead. Thomas is summoned...
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Dean R. Koontz, Author, David Aaron Baker, Read by , read by David Aaron Baker. Random House Audio $44.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0739-33290-0
Rarely has a character been so instantly embraced by readers as Koontz's unlikely hero, Odd Thomas, the wise and gentle fry cook, who just happens to see dead people. It is just as rare for a narrator to so perfectly capture the essence of a...
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Dean R. Koontz, Author, Phil Parks, Illustrator , illus. by Phil Parks. HarperCollins $17.99 (144p) ISBN 978-0-06-008584-1
Koontz and Parks, previously paired for The Paper Doorway and Santa's Twin , again team up in a somewhat patchy poetry collection that celebrates holidays real and imagined. Much of the rhythm is catchy and much of the rhyme clever, but the...
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Dean R. Koontz, Author, Phil Parks, Illustrator , illus. by Phil Parks. HarperTrophy $9.99 (160p) ISBN 978-0-06-440984-1
"The bestselling novelist pens a roundup of poems, all in the first-person, whose humor sometimes misses the mark," according to PW. "Among the most clever entries is the title poem, in which the boy narrator tells of losing himself...
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Dean R. Koontz, Author, Phil Parks, Illustrator , illus. by Phil Parks. HarperCollins $17.95 (160p) ISBN 978-0-06-029488-5
Bestselling novelist Koontz rejoins his collaborator on Santa's Twin for this uneven roundup of poems whose humor sometimes misses the mark. All poems are narrated in the first-person; Parks portrays both boy and girl narrators. Among the most...
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Dean R. Koontz, Author, Phil Parks, Illustrator Warner Books $17.45 (180p) ISBN 978-0-446-51490-3
Though it looks and reads like a children's book, the latest work by bestselling novelist Koontz ( Watchers , Lightning ) is being marketed for adult audiences. As such, it falls far short of even adequate: both stylistically and in terms of...
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Dean R. Koontz, Author, Kevin J. Anderson, Author, Kevin J. Anderson, Contribution by . Bantam $7.99 (512p) ISBN 978-0-553-58788-3
In this grisly thriller, the first in a new series by bestsellers Koontz and Anderson, Dr. Frankenstein has survived into the 21st century, masquerading as biotech tycoon Victor Helios. Helios wants to replace flawed humanity with his New Race,...
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Edward Bryant, Author, Robert R. McCammon, Author, Dean R. Koontz, Author Dark Harvest $18.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-913165-21-8
This excellent anthology series showcases the work of three talents in each volume, and this time contains material by a trio of highly regarded fantasy and horror writers. Edward Bryant, who is represented by six stories, has contributed some of...
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