The Key to Midnight

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Joanna Rand left the U.S. ten years ago to sing in a Japanese nightclub. Ever since, she's been plagued with nightmares of terror. There is only one man who can help her--Alex Hunter. Ten years ago he saw her picture in the papers--as a senator's daughter who had disappeared. Now he has to bring her memories back to her, memories of a past more terrifying than they dreamed possible...

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Overview

Joanna Rand left the U.S. ten years ago to sing in a Japanese nightclub. Ever since, she's been plagued with nightmares of terror. There is only one man who can help her--Alex Hunter. Ten years ago he saw her picture in the papers--as a senator's daughter who had disappeared. Now he has to bring her memories back to her, memories of a past more terrifying than they dreamed possible...

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Praise for Dean Koontz

"Koontz is brilliant."—Chicago Sun-Times

"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."—San Diego Union-Tribune

“Dean Koontz writes page-turners, middle-of-the-night-sneak-up-behind-you suspense thrillers. He touches our hearts and tingles our spines.”—Washington Post Book World

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780594534211
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 12/31/2012
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2012

    Ok

    It was ok story nothing real exciting just kinda a mellow story a little bit difrent from his other books and the ending was just there no happy ever after

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2012

    Great book

    Love Koontz

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  • Posted September 16, 2011

    Just Finished Reading the 2nd time!

    I'm re-reading my Dean Koontz books, not because I'm desperate for something to read but because I really like my Dean Koontz books! This to me is one of the better ones, a psychological thriller if you will, that follows a young woman whose memory has been tampered with and the man who rescues her! None of the really weird wacky stuff that Koontz is known for, the monkies and mutant men, etc. Just a good read, enjoyed it even more the 2nd time around!

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  • Posted October 28, 2009

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    The Key to Midnight is an excellent book. I really enjoyed it. I like how this book slowly unveils all its little secerts. I also enjoyed the storyline. I like how you were in suspence until the very end about this womens past.

    The Key to Midnight also had a very great ending. I like how the ending was sorta bitter sweet.I also liked how you never knew who was a good guy or a bad guy. I also enjoyed how the good guys were never really told until the end.

    The Key to Midnight was very good book, and I really enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2007

    WOW TIMES 10!

    The first book oh his I read was The Funhouse and that kept me up all night to find out what happens next. All of Deans books seem to have that SPARK to keep it from becoming dull. Fantastic job Dean.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2002

    KEY TO MIDNIGHT IS THE KEY TO ANY GREAT NOVEL!!

    The Key To Midnight was a very exciting novel. My favorite part of the book was when the doctor took her under and hypnotised her. The characters come to life... FLY off of the page and dance before you... sparkle and shine as they preform the marvalislly put together script that KOONTZ has wrote for them.... At the end the characters and plot take a bow... a beautiful and well planned bow!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2000

    GREAT OUTSTANDING

    This is one of the first books I ever read of Dean Kootz's it was very good I could'nt put it down. I left it when I went to visit my Dad, so I had to go buy it again so I could finish it. It was great kept you on the edge of your seat.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 1999

    I LOVE DEAN KOONTZ

    The first book I ever read by Dean was Watchers, and I couldn't put it down. Now I can't put any of them down. I love how he starts off with all these characters that don't know eachother, and somehow by the end of the book their lives are intertwined. I absolutely loved this book, I think it was extrodinarily written. I would also like to say that Dean Koontz is my favorite author and I don't even think Stephen King compares to him. You do a great job Mr. Koontz, keep the suspense flowing.

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