The Face of Fear [NOOK Book]

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To stop a brutal killer, the NYPD enlists the help of clairvoyant Graham Harris. He sees the murders in his mind--sometimes at the moment they are happening. Then he sees the most terrifying vision of all--his own murder...
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Overview

To stop a brutal killer, the NYPD enlists the help of clairvoyant Graham Harris. He sees the murders in his mind--sometimes at the moment they are happening. Then he sees the most terrifying vision of all--his own murder...
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What People Are Saying

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“Real suspense…tension upon tension!”—The New York Times

Praise for Dean Koontz

“A master storyteller, sometimes humorous, sometimes shocking, but always riveting. His characters sparkle with life. And his fast-paced plots are wonderfully fiendish, taking unexpected twists and turns.”—The San Diego Union-Tribune

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

“His prose mesmerizes…Koontz consistently hits the bull’s-eye.”—Arkansas Democrat

“An exceptional novelist…top-notch.”—Lincoln Journal-Star

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440620614
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/15/1989
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 73,889
  • File size: 799 KB

Meet the Author

Dean Koontz was born in Everett, Pennsylvania, and grew up in nearby Bedford. He won an Atlantic Monthly fiction competition when he was twenty and has been writing ever since. Mr. Koontz's books are published in 38 languages. Worldwide sales total more than 175 million copies, a figure that currently increases at a rate of more than 350 million copies a year. Dean and his wife, Gerda, live in southern 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2001

    Edge Of Your Seat Thriller!

    This book was incredibly suspencful! I mean, wow! I read it a year ago, and it still has this impression on me. I couldn't put the book down, because there was always something going on, and I wanted to see what happened on the next page...and the next page, and the next page, and the next page... I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see what would happen to the characters next!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2002

    BEST I'VE EVER READ...

    I HATE reading... but a friend told me it was good... and i figured great... its long and probably boring... plus i only had a month or so to read it and im slow.... i started it and finished it in two weeks... it was RAVISHING!...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2001

    A TERRIFYING HIDE AND SEEK!

    ONCE I STARTED READING, I KNEW IT WAS GOING TO BE ANOTHER GREAT ONE BY KOONTZ. MY ATTENTION WAS CAUGHT RIGHT FROM THE START AND WAS HELD UNTIL THE LAST PAGE. THIS BOOK GIVES HIDE AND SEEK A NEW MEANING...LIFE AND DEATH.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2000

    My First Dean Koontz Book!

    I loved this book! My bro-in-law told me to read the first chapter, and if I didn't like it, I wasn't going to like the rest of the book. The first chapter is what got me hooked to Dean Koontz! I read it in a day. Totally Great! I love stories with great endings, and althought this was a little gross, great ending!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2000

    I liked this book!

    I am not a big horror fan-and the only 2 people whose books I have read in this genre are Stephen King and VC Andrews. But when I got this book, I couldn't put it down! I enjoyed it, and found it very imaginative, as well as supenseful. Even my best friend, who hates reading, is currently reading the book-he started today and is already on page 37!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2013

    208 pages too long -- must miss book of 2013

    Dean Koontz can develop great characters quickly (Odd Thomas) but this book had none of thar. Graham. Connie and the killers......there was never anything there until the last 10 pages when the motive is revealed.....that would have been creepy if that had been developed. However, it wasnt so I am left thinking that the only reason for this book was so that the author could learn about rock climbing and write it off as a business expense. Most disappointing book by Mr. Koontz and now I really cant get excited about the new Odd Thomas book......DISAPPOINTING

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2013

    Love it

    I really enjoyed this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2013

    Very good

    I initially read this years ago and while it isnt the most popular of koontz novels i thought i might revisit it. It was a very quick read and went straight to the point. One of the few that doesnt take place in california.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2012

    Not his best

    Finished this just to finish. Not very good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2012

    Love your bellybutton

    Great book!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2007

    A reviewer

    I found it very difficult to get through due to the repetitiveness of the entire story. Go down a floor, go up some stairs, go down a window, for about 150 pages. I also lost interest when he went into all the details of mountain climbing because for someone who knows nothing about it it is kind of hard to grasp so much at once.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2005

    A THRILLER !!!

    Outstanding book that really shows positive aspects of Koontz work. Expressing in words a twist in every corner is what makes this book a Thriller Ride.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2003

    avid reader

    This is the book that got me reading mostly only Dean Koontz novels. You will be on the edge of your seat until the very end. This is an excellent read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2003

    The Butcher

    This book was by Dean Koontz and the name of the book is Face of Fear. I thought it was a good book because the author was really good at describing the characters and never want you to put the book down. He also knew what type of things to end a chapter with. The first part of the book was interesting because it introduced almost all the characters like The Butcher which is a killer in the story but later on we find out that it is two guys that have planned it out and they are working together to kill people. It started off as a guy named Harris had climbed Mount Everest and fell and really hurt himself. Later on in the story he is interviewed on a talk show and he says that he can see things right before they happen like people getting killed. He is a detective in murder cases and him and a whole bunch of other officers go to the murder scene and try to figure out what happened. Further on in the story a woman named Sarah Piper which is an officer was murdered because Bollinger which is one of the Butchers was invited to her house to go have a good time but when he gets there he kills her and then eats a huge meal to make the investigation even more weird. Now he is going to go after Harris and his girlfriend Connie because Harris knows how to catch him because he can see visions of people getting hurt or killed before it happens. Last Bollinger goes after Connie and Harris and they are stuck in a big building where Harris works and Bollinger cuts off all the power and electricity so that they cannot call for help or escape. But as the story progresses Connie and Harris find a way to out smart Bollinger but climbing down the side of the building but Harris is scared because he is scared of what happened at Mount Everest. But he finally gets the courage to climb down the building and Bolling has figured out what they are doing and he tries to shoot them but instead of them getting killed he gets killed by a snowplow. Finally Harris and Connie get out and are back on the ground and they go home and that is where they fine the second half of the Butcher which is Prine who was the talk show host on television when Harris was interviewed. So Ira Predewski shoots and kills Prine and Connie and Harris live together and are going to get married as soon as Harris gets gets out of the hospital from being shot by Prine. I recommend this book to anyone who likes to stay interested in a really good action thrilled book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2003

    Dont look down

    The Face of Fear by Dean R. Koontz is a book that will keep you interested from page one till the end. In Manhattan, New York the Butcher is loose and looking for fresh young prey. In The Face of Fear there are a few conflicts the characters face. Harris is an ex-mountain climber who fell three hundred feet down Mt. Everest. Harris can predict murders the Butcher commits. Harris¿ girlfriend, Connie owns an antique shop. As the Butcher stalks and mutilates his prey, the detectives on the case cant figure out who the Butcher is. Harris and his girlfriend, Connie find themselves trapped in a skyscraper with the Butcher after them. Dean Koontz used figurative language throughout The Face of Fear. He was able to describe how the butcher took the life out of his prey. At some points you wondered if you were his victim. One weak point in my opinion was there weren¿t any twisters in the story. You were expecting future events to happen and then they happened. It¿s surprising on how Harris and Connie finally escape the terror of the Butcher. They were able to use supplies that had been left in the building over night. The mystery of how and where the mysterious Butcher would strike next is extremely effective in The Face of Fear. If you are ever at home bored and need a novel read, The Face of Fear. This book will keep you glued to the text the entire time. If you ever need to see how a person faces his fear read The Face of Fear.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2000

    The Face of Fear.... Such A Great Novel!!

    I absolutely loved this book. The motives for the killings, the characters, the all around theme was outstanding. Graham Harris was an excellent detective and Connie played an important role in the novel. Frank was a comanding 'Butcher'. The one thing that struck me in the end was Anthony Prine's role as Billy James Plover. That was definately a twist in the story. The only person I didn't like in the story was Ira Preduski. He didn't seem too important.

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