Dean Koontz lands the first big hardcover seller of the new year with One Door Away from Heaven. Koontz's repertoire is impressive; he has written more than 38 books and has sold about 250 million copies worldwide. His latest had a one-day laydown on December 26 and has more than 500,000 copies in print after three trips to press. Bantam notes that Koontz will be promoting his newest thriller in January with radio, TV and print interviews as well as local events (this is one writer who doesn't fly). His bestseller from last year, From the Corner of His Eye, has been on the mass market charts for the last five weeks and has 1.6 million copies in print.

With reporting by Dick Donahue.