Dean Koontz – Suspense Du Jour - Dark Streets
Dean Ray Koontz is a prolific writer, best known for suspense thrillers that also incorporate elements of horror, science fiction, mystery and satire. Born in Pennsylvania, he worked as a teacher before writing his first novel, STAR QUEST, published in 1968.
In the 1970s, Koontz began writing suspense and horror fiction, both under his own name and several pseudonyms, sometimes publishing up to eight books a year. After writing full-time for more than ten years, Koontz's acknowledged breakthrough novel was Whispers, published in 1980. The two books before that, The Key to Midnight and The Funhouse, also sold over a million copies, but were written under pen names. His very first bestseller was Demon Seed, the sales of which picked up after the release of the film of the same name in 1977, and sold over two million copies in one year. Demon Seed's success may have been a fluke, but from 1979 on, Koontz's books regularly became paperback bestsellers. His first hardcover bestseller, which finally promised some financial stability and lifted him out of the midlist hit-and-miss range was his book Strangers. Since then, 12 hardcovers and 13 paperbacks written by Koontz have reached #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List
A complete list of Koontz’ novels would probably take up half this newsletter, LOL. To better you’re your appetite, below are synopsis of some of his latest books:
THE SERVANTS OF TWILIGHT
A crazed woman, her faithful followers, and their target: your child. One mother experiences a fear beyond her wildest nightmares in this terrifying thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz.
A strange old woman descends upon Christine and her six-year-old son in an ordinary southern California parking lot and makes violent threats. Suddenly Christine's only son is targeted by a group of religious fanatics. They want to kill him . . . and they are everywhere
Dean Koontz’s Odd Thomas is one of those rare literary heroes who have come alive in readers’ imaginations as he explores the greatest mysteries of this world and the next with his inimitable wit, heart, and quiet gallantry. Now Koontz follows Odd as he is irresistibly drawn onward to a destiny he cannot imagine and to undreamed of places where the perils he will face and the stakes for which he fights will eclipse all that he has known.
The legend began in the obscure little town of Pico Mundo. A fry cook named Odd was rumored to have the extraordinary ability to communicate with the dead. Through tragedy and triumph, exhilaration and heartbreak, word of Odd Thomas’s gifts filtered far beyond Pico Mundo, attracting unforgettable new friends—and enemies of implacable evil. With great gifts comes the responsibility to meet great challenges. But no mere human being was ever meant to face the darkness that now stalks the world—not even one as oddly special as Odd Thomas.
After grappling with the very essence of reality itself, after finding the veil that separates him from his soul mate, Stormy Llewellyn, tantalizingly thin yet impenetrable, Odd longed only to return to a life of quiet anonymity with his two otherworldly sidekicks—his dog Boo and a new companion, one of the few who might rival his old pal Elvis. But a true hero, however humble, must persevere. Haunted by dreams of an all-encompassing red tide, Odd is pulled inexorably to the sea, to a small California coastal town where nothing is as it seems. Now the forces arrayed against him have both official sanction and an infinitely more sinister authority…and in this dark night of the soul dawn will come only after the most shattering revelations of all.
And May 28 sees the release of the latest ODD THOMAS novel:
In a sinister encounter with a rogue truck driver tricked up like a rhinestone cowboy, Odd has a disturbing vision of a shocking multiple homicide that has not yet been committed. Across California, into Nevada, and back again, Odd embarks on a riveting road chase to prevent the tragedy. Along the way, he meets—and charms—a collection of eccentrics who become his allies in a terrifying battle against a sociopath of singular boldness and cleverness—and a shadowy network of mysterious, like-minded murderers whose chilling resources seem almost supernatural.
Columnist: Toni LoTempio – admin by day, writer by night, Toni is the author of several paperback and e-books of paranormal suspense – as well as the upcoming Nick and Nora mystery series from Berkeley Prime Crime. She and her cat ROCCO do fundraising for Nathan Fillion’s charity, KIDS NEED TO READ, when they aren’t interviewing authors on ROCCO’s blog! You can keep up with all the latest interviews and news (the release of the forthcoming MEOW IF IT’S MURDER included) at www.catsbooksmorecats.blogspot.com