Darkfall

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They found four corpses in four days, each more hideous than the last. At first the cops thought they were dealing with a psychopath. But the reality is far worse--for in this city paralyzed by a blizzard, something watches, something stalks...

At first the police thought they were dealing with a psychopath or a vicious gangland war. Then, they heard the eerie sounds in the ventilation system and saw the silver eyes in the night. In a city paralyzed by a blizzard, ...

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Overview

They found four corpses in four days, each more hideous than the last. At first the cops thought they were dealing with a psychopath. But the reality is far worse--for in this city paralyzed by a blizzard, something watches, something stalks...

At first the police thought they were dealing with a psychopath or a vicious gangland war. Then, they heard the eerie sounds in the ventilation system and saw the silver eyes in the night. In a city paralyzed by a blizzard, something watches--something whose ultimate victims are young and innocent. Reissue.

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“A fast-paced tale…one of the scariest chase scenes ever!”—The Houston Post

“Swift, entertaining…A classic race to the rescue.”—Publishers Weekly

Praise for Dean Koontz:

“A master storyteller, sometimes humorous, sometimes shocking, but always riveting.”—The San Diego Union-Tribune

“One of our finest and most versatile suspense writers.”—The Macon Telegraph & News

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425104347
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/28/1987
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 4.26 (w) x 6.82 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Dean Koontz is an international bestselling author. He lives in California.

Biography

He is one of the most recognized, read, and loved suspense writers of the 20th century. His imagination is a veritable factory of nightmares, conjuring twisted tales of psychological complexity. He even has a fan in Stephen King. For decades, Dean Koontz's name has been synonymous with terror, and his novels never fail to quicken the pulse and set hearts pounding.

Koontz has a lifelong love of writing that led him to spend much of his free time as an adult furiously cultivating his style and voice. However, it was only after his wife Gerda made him an offer he couldn't refuse while he was teaching English at a high school outside of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, that he had a real opportunity to make a living with his avocation. Gerda agreed to support Dean for five years, during which time he could try to get his writing career off the ground. Little did she know that by the end of that five years she would be leaving her own job to handle the financial end of her husband's massively successful writing career.

Koontz first burst into the literary world with 1970's Beastchild, a science fiction novel that appealed to genre fans with its descriptions of aliens and otherworldly wars but also mined deeper themes of friendship and the breakdown of communication. Although it is not usually ranked among his classics, Beastchild provided the first inkling of Koontz's talent for populating even the most fantastical tale with fully human characters. Even at his goriest or most terrifying, he always allows room for redemption.

This complexity is what makes Koontz's work so popular with readers. He has a true gift for tempering horror with humanity, grotesqueries with lyricism. He also has a knack for genre-hopping, inventing Hitchcockian romantic mysteries, crime dramas, supernatural thrillers, science fiction, and psychological suspense with equal deftness and imagination. Perhaps The Times (London) puts it best: "Dean Koontz is not just a master of our darkest dreams, but also a literary juggler."

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Shortly after graduating from college, Koontz took a job with the Appalachian Poverty Program where he would tutor and counsel underprivileged kids. However, after finding out that the last person who held his job had been beaten up and hospitalized by some of these kids, Koontz was more motivated than ever to get his writing career going.

When Koontz was a senior in college, he won the Atlantic Monthly fiction competition.

Koontz and Kevin Anderson's novel Frankenstein: The Prodigal Son was slotted to become a television series produced by Martin Scorsese. However, when the pilot failed to sell, the USA Network aired it as a TV movie in 2004. By that time Koontz had removed his name from the project.

Some fun and fascinating outtakes from our interview with Koontz:

"My wife, Gerda, and I took seven years of private ballroom dancing lessons, twice a week, ninety minutes each time. After we had gotten good at everything from swing to the foxtrot, we not only stopped taking lessons, but also stopped going dancing. Learning had been great fun; but for both of us, going out for an evening of dancing proved far less exhilarating than the learning. We both have a low boredom threshold. Now we dance at a wedding or other celebration perhaps once a year, and we're creaky."

"On my desk is a photograph given to me by my mother after Gerda and I were engaged to be married. It shows 23 children at a birthday party. It is neither my party nor Gerda's. I am three years old, going on four. Gerda is three. In that crowd of kids, we are sitting directly across a table from each other. I'm grinning, as if I already know she's my destiny, and Gerda has a serious expression, as if she's worried that I might be her destiny. We never met again until I was a senior in high school and she was a junior. We've been trying to make up for that lost time ever since.

"Gerda and I worked so much for the first two decades of our marriage that we never took a real vacation until our twentieth wedding anniversary. Then we went on a cruise, booking a first-class suite, sparing no expense. For more than half the cruise, the ship was caught in a hurricane. The open decks were closed because waves would have washed passengers overboard. About 90% of the passengers spent day after day in their cabins, projectile vomiting. We discovered that neither of us gets seasick. We had the showrooms, the casino, and the buffets virtually to ourselves. Because the crew had no one to serve, our service was exemplary. The ship dared not try to put into the scheduled ports; it was safer on the open sea. The big windows of the main bar presented a spectacular view of massive waves and lightning strikes that stabbed the sea by the score. Very romantic. We had a grand time.

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    1. Also Known As:
      David Axton, Brian Coffey, K.R. Dwyer, Deanna Dwyer, John Hill, Leigh Nichols, Anthony North, Richard Paige, Owen West, Aaron Wolfe
    2. Hometown:
      Newport Beach, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 9, 1945
    2. Place of Birth:
      Everett, Pennsylvania
    1. Education:
      B.S. (major in English), Shippensburg University, 1966
    2. Website:

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  • Posted December 7, 2008

    Silver eyes

    Like all Dean Koontz books, the story is "on the edge of your seat exiting", gets intresting very quickly, and is very well written. The story is about two NewYork City detectives, Jack and Rebecca. Jack is patient, resourceful, and not afraid to follow as supernatural lead. He is the strong protagonist of Darkfall. His partner Rebecca is just as strong of a detective as Jack, but much more cynical and extremely realistic.<BR/>They are put on a case of gruesome murders, where the victims are a cut and slashed hundreds of times until they die of blood loss. The killers leave no trace, and seem to have the ability to break into the most secure of buildings. All the victims belong to the mafia family. Leaders of the mafia are being cut down one by one by and acclaimed voodoo doctor.<BR/>As the detectives get further into this mysterious case Rebeccas realistic beliefs are rapidly filed away and both Rebecca and Jack come to know and fear the voodoo doctors small, vicious, and silver eyed assasins.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2011

    Very, Very Good!

    One of the best Dean Koontz Books I ever read! Scary and impossible to put down!. Give it a try everyone!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2008

    Dean Koontz

    I havent been a big fan of Dean Koontz books. But when I saw this book I had to read it. N for the first time, I can say. I will read another Dean Koontz book. The book kept u at the edge of your set wondering what is going to come next. It was enjoyable. It also ad alot of facts,on voodoo and stuff. Stuff I dont care much for. I L.O.V.E it. So now I can say I am a Dean Koontz fan!!! 2 thums up for me!!!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 3, 2012

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    Darkfall By Dean Koontz Homicide detective Jack Dawson has been

    Darkfall
    By Dean Koontz

    Homicide detective Jack Dawson has been thrown into the middle of a battle between a mafia family and the man who seeks revenge for the death of his brother, this is no ordinary war between factions the man who wants revenge is a Bocor a man who specializes in the the dark side of voodoo. If Jack Dawson does not stop he risks the life of his children and the woman he loves but if he does stop he will never be able to live with himself.

    I know that this novel is supposed to be scary but though it is a thriller for sure it is far from scary small rodent like creatures that lurk in the shadows with sharp pointy teeth, creepy yes, but scary no. Dean Koontz is a great writer though, he manages to bring to life these creatures and add to the fact that these people are trapped by a blizzard it is a fun thriller.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2012

    another great read from Dean koontz

    love the book, great read that doesn't let you down. Dean Koontz is at it again, just when you think you have figured it out he throws you a curve. Fast paced, with caractors you will love. Plan to sit everything else out while reading, it won't let you put it down.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2012

    Very good, fast paced

    Great book. Koontz doesn't let you down. This book is wonderfull.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Silver eyes

    I read this book when i was nine and i LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!! Im thirteen and i remember reading this book late at night trying to finish it without my mom knowing and i got to a part where it was talking about the glowing silver eyes of the small demon creatures and suddenly my cat jumped up on my bed with her GLOWING eyes and i swear i almost passed out. I couldnt sleep for weeks but that what i love about his books! I will always remember this book i love it!! I am oficially a koontz-addict and have been ever since that day. READ READ READ READ GREAT BOOK im sure it will be onr of your favorotes too!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2011

    Qlms

    This was a great book. I started it on monday and finished it by tuesday. Just couldnt put it down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 8, 2011

    One of Koontz's Best!

    Darkfall is the first book I ever read of Dean Koontz and I was hooked! Suspenseful and thrilling from the very first page. Loved it and would highly recommend.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2010

    loved it

    very scary right from the start. kept me interested all the way through

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2000

    Darkfall review

    I have not finished reading this book yet but am about half way through, so far it is excellent and I wouldn't want to change anything about it. Dean Koontz is an excellent writer.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2000

    The tantalizing tale of Voodoo turned Doodoo!

    At first I thought this book was going to be one of those stupid science fiction things that my son tends to gravitate towards. However, from beginning to end this book kept my interest and made me long to continue reading until I had completed it. That took less than three days. I felt that the plot was well thought out and intelligent. In other words, a mastermind of a tale. I love a story that can be visualized in my mind's eye as though you are actually seeing it in the movies. This one was like a great exciting movie that kept me captivated on the edge of my seat for 3 days. And I am sad that it is done. But I am looking forward to reading more of Dean Koontz!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2013

    Typical

    Typical boring ame old same old type of book. Do nit recimend

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    recommend

    Sit back and enjoy the ride

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2012

    Not a children's book.

    This book freaked the hell out of me when i was a kid. Good thriller, especially when reading in bed, late at night....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2012

    Jo4888@att.net

    Scare the hell out of me why don't you. Throw in black magic along with murder. I am in great book fun to read

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  • Posted June 10, 2012

    Very Good!

    It kind of reminds me of the Frankenstein series. The detective in this book has the kind of humor, (and dedication), of the male detective in Frankenstein. I'd give this book 4 stars, (out of 5), and 5 stars to the Frankenstein series. Very good read!

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  • Posted September 20, 2011

    Great book!!!!

    One of the best books I have read. I was on the edge my seat the whole time. I wish he would have wrote a few more pages at the end because I wanted alittle more closure with the characters, but it was still a great book.

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  • Posted June 29, 2011

    Another Koontz 5-Star Worthy Book!

    I loved it, loved the characters, loved the ending. It has some action, and it will keep you on the edge till the end!! :D

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  • Posted June 19, 2011

    Great story

    Grabbed me from the first page. I couldn't read it fast enough. Great plot, good suspense, good horror.

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