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Rachel's request for a quick and clean divorce enraged her husband. She had never seen Eric so angry, so consumed by pure and terrifying hatred. Then, in the heat of the moment, Eric was struck down in a traffic accident. His death was instantaneous. Shocked and relieved, Rachel had nothing left to fear. Until Eric's body disappeared from the morgue - and Rachel was stalked by someone who looked like her dead husband...Shadowfires

Rachel wants no part of her husband ...

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Overview

Rachel's request for a quick and clean divorce enraged her husband. She had never seen Eric so angry, so consumed by pure and terrifying hatred. Then, in the heat of the moment, Eric was struck down in a traffic accident. His death was instantaneous. Shocked and relieved, Rachel had nothing left to fear. Until Eric's body disappeared from the morgue - and Rachel was stalked by someone who looked like her dead husband...Shadowfires

Rachel wants no part of her husband Eric's research empire or his fortune. She just wants to be free of his obsessions. Her request for a quick and clean divorce enrages Eric. Consumed by pure and terrifying hatred, he storms into the street--only to be killed in a horrible traffic accident. Rachel thinks her nightmare is over, but it's only just begun. Previously published by Avon under the pseudonym of Leigh Nichols.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425238042
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/7/2010
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 1,342,459
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (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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  • Posted February 23, 2009

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    Staggers at first, but recovers

    Having once again fallen away from reading for pleasure, I made a New Year's resolution to get back in the habit. So the first thing I did was pick up some books by my two favorite authors: Christopher Andrews and Dean R. Koontz.

    "Shadowfires" is actually an older Koontz book, originally published under a pen name. And as I read it, it showed, in both good ways and bad. It was definitely a Koontz book, but it was rougher and more raw than his later works.

    "Shadowfires" starts with a bang, shooting us into the action in less than 10 pages. Unfortunately, after such a promising start, the story then stalls out for a while. As a rule, I have no problem letting a mystery unfold, but this is one of those cases where one of the main characters (Rachael) has FAR more information than the other characters, OR the reader. So for about 100 pages, we are treated to frustrating, tight lipped silence from Rachael as she rushes from situation to situation, with her love interest, Benny, in tow. And when she finally spills her guts, the revelation is easily predicted.

    Eventually, the plot regains its feet, and from there Koontz is back in his element. The story is equal parts horror, thriller, conspiracy, science fiction, and cautionary tale. We're treated to Koontz's same old characters, the man and woman with terrible histories who find life and love together, but I've come to accept that. The villain's motivations are deep, disturbing, and sadly realistic in their way. What starts as a simple and not very exciting premise grows into something much more.

    One of Koontz's rougher, less polished elements here is a tendency toward repetitious descriptions. Something will be described from one character's point of view, and then a few pages later, it is described again (in much the same way) from another point of view, and THEN it happens again a few pages after that. I'm fine seeing the same elements from different points of view (Christopher Andrews does this, and very well), but having the texture of a monster's skin described as being scaly over and over and over got monotonous.

    But still, Koontz pulls it all together for a very satisfying ending. For the first 100 pages or so, I had feared I might have to give Koontz no more than 3 stars (or worse), but by the end, he proved himself once again, leaving me feeling that this was a 4 star effort after all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2002

    Incredible!

    This is my absolute FAVORITE book ever. It takes you on an emotional rollercoaster and keeps you anticipating until the very end. Dean Koontz is an amazing writer... so richly conveying emotions and painting precise and vivid pictures in your mind. Shadowfires is simply awesome; once you begin reading it, you won't want to put it down for one second. :) Read this book!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2000

    Dean Kootnz did it Once again

    I've personally read many of Dean Kootnz books, and almost every one of them is fantastic. In shadowfires he portrays each character ever so richly, and everything is precise. Whoever that one guy is who said this book sucked is obviously not interested in the type of books Kootnz writes...this one was the same like all the others, wonderful.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2013

    Koontz always delivers.....never disappoints!   Good page turner

    Koontz always delivers.....never disappoints!   Good page turner!  Enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2012

    Love to read again!

    Great book

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  • Posted September 14, 2011

    Recommended if you're used to Dean Koontz!

    As usually another strange book from DK, but I like his weird stuff. This kept me going page after page.

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  • Posted August 21, 2011

    Great book!!

    I loved this book. As it states in some of the other reviews dean koontz went into a lot of detail but for the most part i loved it and would read it again if i could find it. I lost it in my move :(

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  • Posted December 17, 2008

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    Suspenfull and Gross

    This book was pretty good I finished it pretty quickly. I think that Dean Koontz is too detailed in some of his books, he goes on about describing something forever it seems. I find myself skipping pages and saying, blah, blah, blah. I also Didn't care for the gross details when Eric's body was dying, yuck! If you like that stuff you would think that this book was awesome. Ending was ok, but something about Dean Koontz's books and writing make me read more? I guess I am just curious to see what he'll think of next! His writing kind of reminds me of Stephen King only less disturbed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2008

    Great mutant book

    I really enjoyed this book. The storyline was great. I really felt sorry for Eric and what he went through in his childhood. N it kinda add up to why he wanted to stay young. But the scariest part of the whole book was when he was in Rachel trunck of her car. Just waiting. N he was all mutated and stuff..,...whoa!!! CREEPY moment lol.But the ending was great, I think Ben and Rachel will make a cute couple. I am so happi for them. I think this book was well written and very sci fi like. But it had some dead spots. But othr then that great book!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2008

    Another Winner!!

    Highly recommended!! His novels are immensely explicit with details, and may be slow in areas, but hold on when he takes off! I read all of his novels and already have 'Your Heart Belongs To Me' on reserve. A Must Read, as are all of his others.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2008

    A Science Fiction Fantasy

    I am not really a fan of fantasy and Science Fiction. I was a little disappointed when the villian, Eric Leben turns into a fast growing devolving monster. It is good reading but it strains my credability as a physicist / engineer. If you are a Science Fiction fan, you will very likely love this book. It us full of action and suspense. Dean Koontz is an excellent writer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2004

    Amazing!!!

    This book was absoulutly amzing from the start. This was the best book I have ever read, and I have read alot. The descripitions are amazing. A shocker till the end!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2004

    A page turner!

    I thought this was a great book and had its own originality and overall it was very interesting in a savage sort of way

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2002

    exceptional

    I have read several of Dean Koontz's books. Two are my favorites and that is Lightning and this book here Shadowfires. great suspence. Keeps me turning the page. Dean Koontz gets you hooked from chapter one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2000

    It was a VERY exciting book, but kind of slow moving and boring at times!

    I really liked the book! I liked how I felt about the characters and how I hated a couple of them. It felt like I was right in the book! But, he just described stuff too much, and he was giving a little information out that wasn't to useful, but it was quite exciting at times. Overall, I would've given this book 3 and 1/2 stars. It's a good book. You should read it. It'll give you some chills, if you get scared easily.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2000

    Terrific book!!!!!!!!

    I thought this was my best book I ever read by Dean Koontz, I just could not put the book down. Shadowfires was so good that i am going to do an oral book report on it for school.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2000

    ABSOULTLY FANTASTIC

    I have just read the book last summer and I have to say there is no author like Koontz that can bring a book to life and make you feel like you are part of it,if anyone disagrees with me after they read my comment than they don't have a clue as to what a terrfic read is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 1999

    What a load of #$%^!!!

    I've read quite a number of Dean Koontz' books, but this was terrible!!! He will never win any awards for his writing, but this book really @#$%^& the big one.

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