Dragon Tears

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Harry Lyon was a rational man, a cop who refused to let his job harden his soul. His partner urged him to surrender to the chaos of life. But Harry believed in order and reason. Then one fateful day, he was forced to shoot a man—and a homeless stranger with bloodshot eyes uttered the haunting words that challenged Harry Lyon’s sanity…

“Ticktock, ticktock. You’ll be dead in sixteen hours…Dead by dawn…Dead by dawn.”

Includes an afterword by the ...

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Overview

Harry Lyon was a rational man, a cop who refused to let his job harden his soul. His partner urged him to surrender to the chaos of life. But Harry believed in order and reason. Then one fateful day, he was forced to shoot a man—and a homeless stranger with bloodshot eyes uttered the haunting words that challenged Harry Lyon’s sanity…

“Ticktock, ticktock. You’ll be dead in sixteen hours…Dead by dawn…Dead by dawn.”

Includes an afterword by the author

A startlingly original masterpiece of suspense--a #1 New York Times bestseller. In a shootout, police detective Harry Lyon kills a man on a murderous rampage. Suddenly, Harry is being stalked by someone, or something, with a twisted lust for revenge.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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 themselves hounded by a golem who appears in the shape of a towering vagrant. Called Ticktock because he grants his victims only hours to live, the vagrant has tremendous physical power, a taste for gruesomely described violence and the ability to stop time and rearrange reality. Koontz romps playfully and skillfully through this grown-up enchantment, dealing out such motifs as a talking dog and taking potshots at recognizable pop culture: e.g., the book's epigram is a Garth Brooks lyric, and during a killing spree the murderer yells out titles of Elvis Presley songs. The prose may occasionally strike a false note, but Koontz's breakaway bestseller pace does not dally for the mot juste. As irresistible and nutritionally valuable as a stack of brownies. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club main selections; Mystery Guild featured alternate. Jan.
Kirkus Reviews
An electrifying terrorfest in which Koontz (Hideaway, 1992, etc.), inking his silkiest writing yet, takes on the serial-killer novel and makes it his own. Koontz hooks us at once ("Tuesday was a fine California day, full of sunshine and promise, until Harry Lyon had to shoot someone at lunch") and never lets go. Harry is a cop, and the man he guns down—with help from Harry's partner, Connie Gulliver—is a crazy who disrupts the cops' restaurant-lunch by shooting the joint to bits. It's an exhilarating opener—and it's also a lovely red herring, because the crazy has no connection, other than as another symptom of the rot of modern life, with the killer that Harry and Connie take on later. He's Bryan Drackman, who fixates on the cops when he's drawn to the restaurant carnage. Bryan, like most serial killers, believes that he has godlike powers; but Bryan—and here's Koontz's ace—really does. Mutated in the womb by radiation and drugs, Bryan has grown into a sociopath who can conjure up any entity he wants—especially "Ticktock," a giant who stalks Harry, Connie, and several others, including a dog whose periodic narration ("Piece of paper. Candy wrapper. Smells good") is so charming that you don't mind that Koontz used a similar dog-ploy in Watchers (1986). Ticktock warns Harry & Co. that they'll die at dawn—and it's only late into the night that they learn of Bryan's greatest power: the power to stop time, which unveils in a jaw- dropping set-piece in which the cops flee through a frozen world with Ticktock close behind. But Bryan, the cops now know, must sleep after his time-stopping binges: Can they find him before he wakes up? Koontz gets abit preachy about social decay—but his action never flags in this vise-tight tale that'll rocket right to the top of the charts. (Literary Guild Dual Selection for March)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425253779
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/6/2014
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 221,691
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.10 (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."

Good To Know

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 September 14, 2011

    Okay. Title doesn't fit!

    Another of DK's trips into fantasy, but a pretty good read. The title is not appropriately named, cause I think Dragon Tears are only mentioned once or twice, and are definitely not the premise of the book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 6, 2008

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    Keeps you on the edge of your seat

    This was my first Dean Koontz novel and I have to say that it definitely made me want to read more of his work. The action is thrilling and well paced. The writing is descriptive and makes you feel like you are right in the thick of things. Ticktock is a truly creepy villian and the supernatural aspects of the story are so intertwined with reality that they seem almost plausible. Overall, an enthralling read for lovers of horror who like it with action and not just gore.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2006

    AWESOME BOOK!

    This book is one of my favorite books not just by Koontz standards, but by all authors. It is a whirlwind of creative chaos that blends together perfectly to form a brilliant and imaginative plot that does not leave you empty-handed at the end. This book is one of Koontz's most cleverly crafted works of fiction, and should not go unread by any fiction/fantasy/suspense lover.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2004

    This book is one of the best books I ever read

    I would recommend this book to High school students and up because it is at a high reading level. Also if people like cop stories they would love this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2014

    NO ONE CARES ABOUT WARRIORS.

    MY NAME IS FREAKING TACOCAT. JUST. SHUT. UP.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2014

    Scaleheart

    "I am NOT telling you where my camp is, but my name is Scaleheart. Sory its just Wingstar doesnt like visiters." Sshe meows with a sigh.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2014

    Twilightstar

    Nods at what pheonixpaw said, brushing er tail along pheonixpaws flank.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2014

    Pheinoxpaw

    "I understand.We mean no harm.We are just training,"the slightly shy she cat said. ( lets move to the Fire Within.)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2014

    My favorite Dean Koontz book yet!  Loved it!!!  Would recommend

    My favorite Dean Koontz book yet!  Loved it!!!  Would recommend to anyone. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2013

    Houses beyond this point

    MES

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2012

    Jade

    Mikey,you here? Im on and its about 7:58 and i have to go to bed at 8:30 :P

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2012

    Azure

    She layed, crying. Hopefully no one found her. She was starving and was very thirsty. She would do anything to play with a cat like a toy. To bite another dragon. To feel loved again.

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2009

    dean koontz books

    i have never read any of these books. i order them for my son, and he loves dean koontz. i will purchase every single one i can find for him.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2007

    One of My Favorites

    Los Angeles detectives Harry Lyon and his partner, Connie Gulliver, are sitting at a diner having lunch when a man pulls out a gun, starts killing everyone, and runs upstairs. After killing the man, the detectives return to the station to file a report and as Harry is leaving a whirlwind of garbage appears in the road and changes into a seven-foot tall vagrant. He threatens Harry, ¿You¿ve got sixteen hours to live. Tick tock tick tock.¿, and vanishes. At the same time, the same vagrant threatens a homeless man named Sammy. A cop who appears out of nowhere stops a mother, Janet, her son, Danny, and their faithful mutt, Woofer, just to harass them for being homeless. As Woofer leaps to attack the cop, he freezes in mid-air while the cop threatens Janet with the same threat as Harry and Sammy. It is a race against time as Harry, Connie, the homeless people and the dog try to find out who this Ticktock is and why he is threatening these people in particular. As they search, they find out some interesting information from a blind elderly woman in a nursing home who claims she gave birth to the spawn of Satan because she was a drug abuser in the sixties and seventies. She says that Satan made her take the drugs in order to give birth to a child of immense power to rule over God when he is grown. It is Woofer, Janet and Danny¿s dog, who ultimately leads the unorthodox group to Ticktock¿s lair for the final battle of power against brains and courage.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2006

    It was ok

    I read this book after hearing great reviews about it. It took me three tries to even get started. After about the first hundred pages I thought ok it has some kind of plot. I thought it would thicken, but it just fizzled. There weren't enough characters who were being hunted by this creature and the ending was so bland. I've been a Dean Koontz fan for many years and this was just one of his books that didn't click with me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2005

    really good

    this is a great book. i am not a big fan of koontz but i enjoyed this book alot. one of his best books in my mind

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2004

    suspense at its best

    This is the first Koontz book that i've read and I must say that it is one of the best books i've ever read. The suspense is nonstop and the characterization is that of the best i've ever read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2003

    My First Dean Koontz

    I was extremely impressed with the characterization in this book. The action in the book combined with the curiousity as to what will happen next made this a quick and fascinating read. Highly recommended for those who enjoy a bit of the supernatural.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2003

    Dragon Tears

    Two words¿ Dean Koontz, master of his work. Welcome to a long, long night. Very creative yet not overwhelming, not so fast paced, yet packed with action. Dean Koontz brings us ¿Dragon Tears¿. A Thriller like you¿ve never read before, with such detailed characters that you almost believe that they are real and are out there somewhere fighting the evil that you think doesn¿t exist. 1999, California. Harry Lyon an organized proper person and Connie Gulliver a . Two cops, different as black and white, yet fate puts them together to fight the evil, praised by them as Ticktock. A monster that can be anyone, anytime, anywhere, a monster with the abilities to stop the time, and raise the evil. Can they handle it? Dean Koontz turned an old fashioned action story into something amazing that grips your time and doesn¿t let go. Mr. Koontz really did some magic on this book. Really good characters and a great storyline. A must have for anybody who is anybody. This book needs a special armchair, a dim light and a pipe (atmosphere). If you have ever read any of DK¿s book you would probably realize that this is one of his best. Out of every Dean Koontz book that I have read, this one is probably my favorite.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2002

    couldn't stop reading

    This was the first Dean Koontz book I have ever read and it was great. The book has a couple of slow parts but all in all it was a great book. Dean keeps you going with new twists and turns with each new chapter. If you like fictional books I would definitely recommended this book.

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