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Dragon Tears
     

Dragon Tears

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by Dean Koontz
 

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A cop races against time to prevent his own death in this heart-pounding thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz.

Harry Lyon is a rational man, a cop who refuses to let his job harden his soul. His partner urges him to surrender to the chaos of life. But Harry believes in order and reason. Then one fateful day, he's forced to

Overview

A cop races against time to prevent his own death in this heart-pounding thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz.

Harry Lyon is a rational man, a cop who refuses to let his job harden his soul. His partner urges him to surrender to the chaos of life. But Harry believes in order and reason. Then one fateful day, he's forced to shoot a man—and a homeless stranger with bloodshot eyes utteres the haunting words that challenge Harry Lyon’s sanity...

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

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“A razor-sharp, nonstop, suspenseful story.”—The San Diego Union-Tribune

“A great story...the most ambitious of Dean Koontz’s books.”—Columbus Dispatch

“The take-a-deep-breath ending alone is worth the price of the ticket.”—People

“A great story, sympathetic characters, and enough suspense to keep the pages flying.”—Detroit News

More Praise for Dean Koontz

“Dean Koontz is a prose stylist whose lyricism heightens malevolence and tension. [He creates] characters of unusual richness and depth.”—The Seattle Times

“Tumbling, hallucinogenic prose....‘Serious’ writers...might do well to examine his technique.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Lyrical writing and compelling characters...Koontz stands alone.”—Associated Press

“In every industry there exist ‘artists’ that are not only unforgettable, but know their craft better than the rest. Dean Koontz...is among these artisans.”—Suspense Magazine

“[Koontz] has always had near-Dickensian powers of description, and an ability to yank us from one page to the next that few novelists can match.”—Los Angeles Times

“Perhaps more than any other author, Koontz writes fiction perfectly suited to the mood of America...novels that acknowledge the reality and tenacity of evil but also the power of good...[and that] entertain vastly as they uplift.”—Publishers Weekly

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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425253779
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/06/2014
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
1,348,400
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher
“A razor-sharp, nonstop, suspenseful story.”—The San Diego Union-Tribune

“A great story…the most ambitious of Dean Koontz’s books.”—Columbus Dispatch

“The take-a-deep-breath ending alone is worth the price of the ticket.”—People

“A great story, sympathetic characters, and enough suspense to keep the pages flying.”—Detroit News

Meet the Author

Dean Koontz, the author of many #1 New York Times bestsellers, lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever, Elsa, and the enduring spirit of their goldens, Trixie and Anna.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Newport Beach, California
Date of Birth:
July 9, 1945
Place of Birth:
Everett, Pennsylvania
Education:
B.S. (major in English), Shippensburg University, 1966
Website:
http://www.deankoontz.com

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Dragon Tears 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 59 reviews.
DeanKoontz-Fan More than 1 year ago
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.
Nat4381 More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this book for the first time over 15yrs ago and didn't understanding then why it wasn't titled "Ticktock". After this second readIng, in took the time to read the Afterword which explains the change... Koontz was overruled. "Ticktock" was out, "Dragon Tears" in. My first or many Koontz books ands one of my favorites.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've all ways enjoy this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My favorite Dean Koontz book yet!  Loved it!!!  Would recommend to anyone. 
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