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The New York Times #1 bestseller by the author of Dragon's Tears. Pronounced clinically dead after his car plunges into an icy river, Hatch Harrison is miraculously revived by a special team of doctors. Now Hatch approaches each day with a new appreciation . . . until he starts to see terrifying images of madness and murder. For he brought something back from his visit with death--and its murderous rampage has just begun.

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The New York Times #1 bestseller by the author of Dragon's Tears. Pronounced clinically dead after his car plunges into an icy river, Hatch Harrison is miraculously revived by a special team of doctors. Now Hatch approaches each day with a new appreciation . . . until he starts to see terrifying images of madness and murder. For he brought something back from his visit with death--and its murderous rampage has just begun.

The New York Times #1 bestseller by the author of Dragon's Tears. Pronounced clinically dead after his car plunges into an icy river, Hatch Harrison is miraculously revived by a special team of doctors. Now Hatch approaches each day with a new appreciation . . . until he starts to see terrifying images of madness and murder. For he brought something back from his visit with death--and its murderous rampage has just begun. (Occult Fiction)

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
After a near-fatal car accident, a Californian must deal with the deranged killer with whom he now shares visions. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club selections in cloth. Dec.
School Library Journal
YA-- Koontz's latest thriller sits at the intersection of the weird and the ordinary. Once again, he explores a ``what if'' scenario in a most satisfying fashion. In this case, a near-death survivor accidentally carries a piggy-backing evil spirit through an open door from the afterlife. Hatch Harrison, the typical good-guy hero, is revived by a brilliant team of doctors more than an hour after drowning. Strange visions and half-waking dreams soon convince him that his recovery is not at all normal. His fears are soon magnified when people who have annoyed him are murdered, and he knows that he is somehow responsible. Paralleling the story of Hatch's recovery is the unfolding revelation of a young man so evil that ordinary people cannot imagine his existence. As he skulks about selecting victims to murder and mutilate, a bizarre bond develops between the two men. Gory incidents tumble one after another as the two men become locked in first a psychic and then a physical battle between good and evil. The violent climax is symbolically set in an abandoned amusement park where at last the true duel identity of the murderer is revealed. Once again, evil is resoundingly defeated, but as any Koontz fan knows, the victory is only temporary.--Carolyn E. Gecan, Thomas Jefferson Sci-Tech, Fairfax County, VA
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Koontz's novels crest bestseller lists not only for their heart-pounding horrors but also for their celebration of righteousness and redemption. Here, the author of Cold Fire, etc., offers his most overtly religious tale yet—a fiercely exciting battle between two men who have returned from the dead. The California-set conflict is as simple as good vs. evil. In a roaringly suspenseful opening, antique-dealer Hatch Harrison, the soul of sweetness, drowns during a car accident that nearly kills his wife Lindsey as well, and is surgically "reanimated" after a record 80 minutes dead. Meanwhile, a life-hating young man known only by his self-adopted demonic name of Vassago stalks the subbasement of a nearby abandoned amusement park, admiring the rotting bodies of those he's sacrificed to Satan in hopes of being allowed to return to hell—which he apparently visited during his own brush with death. Upon awakening, Hatch's first words are "Something's out there"—for he now suffers a psychic link with Vassago, who, days later, reaps a new "trophy" as Hatch helplessly flashes on the savage killing. And at the same time, Vassago flashes on Hatch's world, including Lindsey and spunky, crippled Regina, the orphan the Harrisons have just adopted in their new embrace of life after years of mourning a son lost to cancer. Deciding that vibrant Regina would make the perfect final offering to Satan, Vassago—revealed through tense and brutal flashback as the homicidally deranged son of the surgeon who saved Hatch—cuts a bloody path to the Harrisons' door, kidnapping Regina off to his underground lair. In a slam-bang finale, amidst charnel- house horrors, the Harrisons take onVassago with a gun, a crucifix, and a little angelic help. A grandly melodramatic morality play that will have Koontz's fans—both here and in heaven—cheering. (Literary Guild Dual Selection for March)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425135259
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/1992
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Lexile: 1160L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.24 (w) x 6.84 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Dean Koontz
The books of Dean Koontz are published in 38 languages, and worldwide sales top 400 million copies. Eleven of his novels have risen to number one on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list, and several have been adapted into feature films and TV miniseries. Dean and Gerda Koontz live in southern California with their golden retriever, Anna, grand-niece of the famous and beloved Trixie.

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 June 21, 2010

    Great I just needed more!

    I loved the storyline, and I felt the pace of the book was great. It had me interested throughout the whole book. I guess I was so interested I wanted more. I wanted more depth in the Doctors character and background (will not get into further detail). I felt as if the story did end rather abruptly but it was not a disappointing ending. I recommend this book it was an interesting story, and in the end it really gets you thinking.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2001

    A MUST READ FOR KOONTZ FANS

    I Have been a Dean Koontz fan for several years now, ever since reading Dark Rivers Of The Heart. I feel that Hideaway is one of his best ever. It has one of the most memorable villains in all his books, and two genuine and heroic main characters. The way Koontz describes the underground setting of Vassago's home is brilliant. He paints vivid and haunting images throughout the entire story. If you've never read a Koontz novel, you will love Hideaway. If you have read Koontz, you will love it even more. I could barely put it down.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2012

    Wonderful book

    Enjoyed as always

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 3, 2011

    another masterpiece

    Having thought I'de read everything by Koontz, I stumbled across one I had'nt...This book was amazing! Thank you Dean!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 11, 2011

    Hideaway by Dean Koontz

    I loved the story and the aftereward more. I will be reading more. House of Thunder. :)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 22, 2011

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    Awsome read

    This is the first books by Dean Koontz that I just could not stop reading. It was great!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2013

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2007

    A fast paced scare that will keep you up until you turn the last page.

    From the beginning you feel as if you are transported into a dark mystery that has no escape. Soon your reading in a frenzy to find out how these two people can overcome the odds and survive the most thrilling pages you¿ll ever read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 1999

    Wonderfully crafted novel with spine tingling characters

    This book has an amazing storyline and plot that just becmes more and more interesting as you read it. Koontz' has a gift for creating characters that become unbelieveably real. I felt that the book was overall well worth the read. The only part that I have a bone to pick with is the ending. I feel that the suspense was built up to nothing and that it ended very quickly. Other than that the book is awesome.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2014

    Dean Koontz Fan

    This book was the first I had ever read from Koontz and I have been a fan ever since. There isn't a book he has written that I won't read. Amazing author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2013

    Fantastic read

    A great and exciting book, but it could be better

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2013

    I have read other Dean Koontz books and been captivated by them.

    I have read other Dean Koontz books and been captivated by them. This one was a HUGE disappointment. The book was largely about the background information and the ending was HUGELY DISAPPOINTING. It's  like he ran out of time and phoned it in. Completely ridiculous. If you're going to read a Dean Koontz book, this is NOT the one. Pass!  

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  • Posted September 14, 2009

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    Too Nasty for Me

    I could not get through all of this. For starters, it was pretty predictable what the villain was ultimately going to get up to. And talk about a villain you love to hate: this creepy guy was so repulsive and sadistic I just didn't want to go on with the story. So I didn't.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2007

    Interesting, but not my favorite

    This book was okay. There really wasn't much action going on, and I wish Dean didn't include so many pages from the villain's point of view. This book was supposed to be mostly about Hatch, and it seemed that Vassago(the villain) was the central character instead of him. I also wish that Dean had included more chapters about Regina, the 9-year-old Hatch and his wife adopt. She was an awesome character, and I thought she deserved more development within the story. Overall, I wouldn't say this book wasn't good, but if you never have read Koontz before, I'd suggest a more action packed book like One Door Away From Heaven.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2006

    Genius Writer.

    Dean Koontz is a genius when it comes to inscribing fictionals and I think that we all can agree that he has some pretty nifty ideas. This book is definitely outright suspenseful and descriptive. The only dissapointment was the denouement. It did feel a bit hasty written. But this book is entertainment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2005

    Not his best

    Although I must admit it was a page-turner I was a little let down by the ending. As a huge Koontz fan, I have noticed this trend in 3 or 4 of the 12 books I've read. Not a complete dissapointment, but I'm usually turned on more by his novels take pack a good handful oftwists at the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2005

    very scary and filled with suspense

    this book is one of the best dean koontz has written. This book will keep you up late reading, way into the night

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2003

    scary and good...what else do you need?

    Hatch Harrison is revived after a grueling battle with death in which he is brought back to life after a devastating scenario when him and his wife Lindsay are forced off a California road by a drunk driver on a cold winter night. Hatch comes back from a stage of death and brings back a satanic demon with him. Hatch goes on to see images from the mad killer as he goes on his murderous rages. Read Koontz's stomach quenching story to find out how Hatch fights his conflicts and is able to overcome his troubles that he has picked up from his accident.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2002

    Scary Stuff

    If you love horror, you'll love this one. From a traffic accident to recovery to sheer terror. This book is totally different from anything I've read or seen. The Koontz imagination does it again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2002

    A Serial Killer Nightmare

    If you thought the real life Nightstalker was deranged, be sure to read this book. Dean Koontz has created a satanic, serial killing whacko, that will keep you up nights. A fast paced page turner, and also a brilliant display of good old storytelling. Before you realize you've gone past the first chapter, you'll look at the clock and realize you've lost all sleep and it's time to get up. Don't miss this one.

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