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As Alex and Colin speed toward their new home in San Francisco where Courtney awaits them, they are pursued by a madman who is also eager to see Courtney.
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Overview

As Alex and Colin speed toward their new home in San Francisco where Courtney awaits them, they are pursued by a madman who is also eager to see Courtney.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425099339
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 11/28/1986
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 220,083
  • Product dimensions: 4.50 (w) x 6.98 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Dean Koontz

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 October 3, 2000

    Readers THINK...

    This is not the typical horror story which explains all the gruesome events nor is it a mystery/thriller which is simply a murder/psycho case. It is something in between of each & has even more to offer. True, the plot seems so simple --the drive from Philly to SF, a madman stalking our protagonists. However, I noticed that the readers are not spoonfed & even enjoy room for their own thinking & imagination. We all know that Lelan was suffering from an intense migraine, but was there a sinister force behind that caused it & made him think/act accordingly? Likewise, was there some evil force spreading around which cause people (e.g. gasoline man, the hotel lady & Capt. Ackridge) to act so envious & indiffirenly towards others? & what about the last part when Alex mentioned he had lost something --- was that caused by the dark force moving around Leland or simply human nature?; & will that change him for the rest of his life for better of for worse? I agree there was a lot of loopholes in between & some incontinuity of events but that only made the simple story more unpredictable. & though simple & basic as it seems, it caters more to the imaginative mind.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2004

    Short, but Satisfying

    I really enjoyed this story. The characters and storyline were great. Traditional Koontz exept for the fact that there was no science or supernatural activity. Though this book was considerably shorter than most DK books I enjoyed it immensely. The only bad things in the story was the fact that some of the character's story wasn't finished(ex. Detective Ernie Hoval)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2002

    not bad at all

    it was very fast paced and had a lot of suspence and easy to read this was my first dean koontz and it will not be my last.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2001

    Good, thrilling story!

    Very well written story! Interesting characters, fascinating twists and turns. This book definitely captured me from the beginning all the way to the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2000

    There's a psycho in your rear-view mirror.

    Different style and subject matter for Koontz. It was noticeably shorter than any other of his novels, and it didn't involve science or the supernatural, only a psycho with a gun and an axe, following a man and his son by car across the country. Still, it had many elements of the usual Koontz formula: threatened child (a boy this time, not a girl), action, romance, some mystery, some California, untrustworthy police, independent types with dysfunctional backgrounds, and a woman teasing her lover about sex. It's readable, but not one of Koontz's best. That someone would put off calling the police for so long was unrealistic (I would've called on the 2nd or 3rd sighting!), but the scene with the arrogant Southern cops explained that reasonably well, and was one of the better scenes in the book. I couldn't see what the title had to do with the story, though; I wish Koontz would get away from the one-word title fad.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2000

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    Such a great book, well planed & very scary.I really think everyone who likes Dean Koontz should read this book!

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