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Dean Koontz - Author

About the Author

Dean Koontz was born and raised in Pennsylvania. He graduated from Shippensburg State College (now Shippensburg University). When he was a senior in college, Dean Koontz won an Atlantic Monthly fiction competition and has been writing ever since.
 
His first job after graduation was with the Appalachian Poverty Program, where he was expected to counsel and tutor underprivileged children on a one-to-one basis. His first day on the job, he discovered that the previous occupier of his position had been beaten up by the very kids he had been trying to help and had landed in the hospital for several weeks. The following year was filled with challenge but also tension, and Koontz was more highly motivated than ever to build a career as a writer. He wrote nights and weekends, which he continued to do after leaving the poverty program and going to work as an English teacher in a suburban school district outside Harrisburg. After a year and a half in that position, his wife, Gerda, made him an offer he couldn't refuse: "I'll support you for five years," she said, "and if you can't make it as a writer in that time, you'll never make it." By the end of those five years, Gerda had quit her job to run the business end of her husband's writing career. Dean and Gerda Koontz along with their dog, Trixie, live in southern California.
 
His books are published in 38 languages, a figure that currently increases more than 17 million copies per year.

Featured books by Dean Koontz

The Funhouse

The Funhouse

Author: Dean Koontz Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/04/2017

Young Amy Harper is the most beautiful girl at her school, but to her life seems wretched. Terrorised by her mother, Amy's little brother Joey is her only real friend. Their mother's days are regulated by religious obsession, and nights by the bottle and drunken confessions. When the carnival comes to town, Joey plans to escape his troubled home and join the revellers. But Amy and Joey fall under the carnival spell, unaware that their mother's secrets are buried here and that vengeance for past deeds lies in wait for them in the make-believe world of ...

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The City

The City

Author: Dean Koontz Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/01/2015

No.1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz is at the peak of his storytelling powers with this major new novel - a rich, multi-layered story that moves back and forth across decades and generations as a gifted musician relates the 'terrible and wonderful' events that began in his city in 1967, when he was ten. THIS IS THE STORY OF A BOY AND A CITY...Jonah Kirk's childhood has been punctuated by extraordinary moments - like the time a generous stranger helped him realize his dream of learning the piano. Nothing is more important to him than his family and friends, and the electrifying power of music. But now Jonah has a terrifying secret. And it sets him on a collision course with a group of dangerous people who will change his life forever. For one bright morning, a single earth-shattering event will show Jonah that in his city, good is entwined with malice, and sometimes the dark side of humanity triumphs. But it will also teach him that courage and honour are found in the most unexpected places, and the way forward lies buried deep inside the heart. If he can just survive to find it...

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The City

The City

Author: Dean Koontz Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/07/2014

No.1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz is at the peak of his storytelling powers with this major new novel - a rich, multi-layered story that moves back and forth across decades and generations as a gifted musician relates the 'terrible and wonderful' events that began in his city in 1967, when he was ten. THIS IS THE STORY OF A BOY AND A CITY...Jonah Kirk's childhood has been punctuated by extraordinary moments - like the time a generous stranger helped him realize his dream of learning the piano. Nothing is more important to him than his family and friends, and the electrifying power of music. But now Jonah has a terrifying secret. And it sets him on a collision course with a group of dangerous people who will change his life forever. For one bright morning, a single earth-shattering event will show Jonah that in his city, good is entwined with malice, and sometimes the dark side of humanity triumphs. But it will also teach him that courage and honour are found in the most unexpected places, and the way forward lies buried deep inside the heart. If he can just survive to find it...

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Innocence

Innocence

Author: Dean Koontz Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/07/2014

Heart-stopping supernatural thriller from the master of suspense. Addison Goodheart is not like other people...Addison Goodheart lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from a society which will destroy him if he is ever seen. Books are his refuge and his escape: he embraces the riches they have to offer. By night he leaves his hidden chambers and, through a network of storm drains and service tunnels, makes his way into the central library. And that is where he meets Gwyneth, who, like Addison, also hides her true appearance and struggles to trust anyone. But the bond between them runs deeper than the tragedies that have scarred their lives. Something more than chance ae' and nothing less than destiny ae' has brought them together in a world whose hour of reckoning is fast approaching.

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Innocence

Innocence

Author: Dean Koontz Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/01/2014

Heart-stopping supernatural thriller from the master of suspense. Addison Goodheart is not like other people...Addison Goodheart lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from a society which will destroy him if he is ever seen. Books are his refuge and his escape: he embraces the riches they have to offer. By night he leaves his hidden chambers and, through a network of storm drains and service tunnels, makes his way into the central library. And that is where he meets Gwyneth, who, like Addison, also hides her true appearance and struggles to trust anyone. But the bond between them runs deeper than the tragedies that have scarred their lives. Something more than chance ae' and nothing less than destiny ae' has brought them together in a world whose hour of reckoning is fast approaching.

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Deeply Odd

Deeply Odd

Author: Dean Koontz Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/10/2013

The sixth Odd Thomas thriller from the master storyteller. Our reluctant hero is drawn once more into a strange encounter with the lingering dead. Later that morning, when I walked downtown to buy blue jeans and a few pairs of socks, I met a guy who offered to neuter me with a .45 pistol. In a sinister encounter with a rogue truck driver, Odd - who has the gift of seeing the dead and the soon-to-be dead - has a disturbing vision of the slaughter of three innocent children. Across California, into Nevada and back again, Odd embarks on a road chase to prevent the tragedy. But he is to discover that he is not up against a single twisted sociopath but a mysterious network of evil men and women whose resources appear supernatural. Luckily, in this world that Odd finds so beautiful and full of wonders, and deeply odd as well, he meets a collection of like-minded eccentrics who will help him to take the next giant step towards his destiny.

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Other books by Dean Koontz

The Night Window

The Night Window

Author: Dean Koontz Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/12/2019

She will destroy her enemies once and for all... The explosive conclusion to the Jane Hawk saga, from No. 1 New York Times bestseller Dean Koontz. `It's over, and so is she.' Rogue FBI agent Jane Hawk is living in a world of danger. Her battle to expose a global conspiracy risks her own life and that of her five-year-old son, whom she has sent into hiding. Jane is meticulously gathering evidence to bring a terrifying organization to justice - one that threatens humanity with technologically imposed slavery. Now she has no choice but to expose the unimaginable truth, even if it changes her life - and the lives of everybody around the world - forever...

The Night Window

The Night Window

Author: Dean Koontz Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/12/2019

She will destroy her enemies once and for all... The explosive conclusion to the Jane Hawk saga, from No. 1 New York Times bestseller Dean Koontz. `It's over, and so is she.' Rogue FBI agent Jane Hawk is living in a world of danger. Her battle to expose a global conspiracy risks her own life and that of her five-year-old son, whom she has sent into hiding. Jane is meticulously gathering evidence to bring a terrifying organization to justice - one that threatens humanity with technologically imposed slavery. Now she has no choice but to expose the unimaginable truth, even if it changes her life - and the lives of everybody around the world - forever...

Demon Seed A novel of horror and complexity that grips the imagination

Demon Seed A novel of horror and complexity that grips the imagination

Author: Dean Koontz Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/09/2019

I was created to have a humanlike capacity for complex and rational thought. And you believed that I might one day evolve consciousness and become a self-aware entity. Yet you gave surprisingly little consideration to the possibility that, subsequent to consciousness, I would develop needs and emotions. This was, however, not merely possible but likely. Inevitable. It was inevitable. Adam Two is the first self-aware machine intelligence, designed to be the servant to mankind. No one knows that he can escape the confines of his physical form, a box in the laboratory, until he enters the house of Susan Harris, and closes it off against the world. There he plans to show Susan the future. Their future. He intends to create a 'child'.

The Night Window

The Night Window

Author: Dean Koontz Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/07/2019

She will destroy her enemies once and for all... The explosive conclusion to the Jane Hawk saga, from No. 1 New York Times bestseller Dean Koontz. `I'm afraid. I'm so afraid. Where are you, Mommy?' Rogue FBI agent Jane Hawk is living in a world of danger. Her battle to expose a global conspiracy risks her own life and that of her five-year-old son, whom she has sent into hiding. But more than just their lives are at stake: this is a war for the free will of millions. Jane is meticulously gathering evidence to bring a terrifying organization to justice - one that threatens humanity with technologically imposed slavery. The closer she gets to her goal, the harder it is to turn back. Until she is left with no choice but to expose the unimaginable truth, even if it changes her life - and the lives of everybody around the world - forever...

The Night Window

The Night Window

Author: Dean Koontz Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/07/2019

She will destroy her enemies once and for all... The explosive conclusion to the Jane Hawk saga, from No. 1 New York Times bestseller Dean Koontz. `I'm afraid. I'm so afraid. Where are you, Mommy?' Rogue FBI agent Jane Hawk is living in a world of danger. Her battle to expose a global conspiracy risks her own life and that of her five-year-old son, whom she has sent into hiding. But more than just their lives are at stake: this is a war for the free will of millions. Jane is meticulously gathering evidence to bring a terrifying organization to justice - one that threatens humanity with technologically imposed slavery. The closer she gets to her goal, the harder it is to turn back. Until she is left with no choice but to expose the unimaginable truth, even if it changes her life - and the lives of everybody around the world - forever...

The Forbidden Door

The Forbidden Door

Author: Dean Koontz Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/07/2019

Her enemies will learn the true meaning of fear... The No.1 New York Times bestseller and master of suspense Dean Koontz returns with the new Jane Hawk blockbuster. `I will come for you. Nothing can stop me!' Rogue FBI agent Jane Hawk is on the trail of the members of a murderous organization who drove her husband - and scores of other fine individuals - to commit suicide for no explicable reason. Now the secret cabal behind the plot is closing in on her beloved five-year-old son, whom she sent into protective hiding with her dearest friends. Jane will stop at nothing to save him. But even if she can get to him in time there's still the risk that the forbidden door will be opened and an unimaginable terror unleashed.

The Forbidden Door

The Forbidden Door

Author: Dean Koontz Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/07/2019

Her enemies will learn the true meaning of fear... The No.1 New York Times bestseller and master of suspense Dean Koontz returns with the new Jane Hawk blockbuster. `I will come for you. Nothing can stop me!' Rogue FBI agent Jane Hawk is on the trail of the members of a murderous organization who drove her husband - and scores of other fine individuals - to commit suicide for no explicable reason. Now the secret cabal behind the plot is closing in on her beloved five-year-old son, whom she sent into protective hiding with her dearest friends. Jane will stop at nothing to save him. But even if she can get to him in time there's still the risk that the forbidden door will be opened and an unimaginable terror unleashed.

The Crooked Staircase

The Crooked Staircase

Author: Dean Koontz Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/12/2018

Jane Hawk faces the fight of her life The No.1 New York Times bestseller and master of suspense Dean Koontz returns with a blockbuster new thriller featuring rogue FBI agent Jane Hawk. `I could be dead tomorrow. Or something worse than dead' Rogue FBI agent Jane Hawk will never cease her one-woman war against the terrifying conspiracy that threatens the freedom - and free will - of millions. Battling the mysterious epidemic of murder-suicides that claimed Jane's husband has made Jane a wanted fugitive, hunted relentlessly by the secret cabal behind the plot. Jane will confront head-on the lethal forces arrayed against her. But nothing can prepare her for what awaits when she descends the crooked staircase to the dark and dreadful place where her long nightmare was born.

The Forbidden Door

The Forbidden Door

Author: Dean Koontz Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/12/2018

Her enemies will learn the true meaning of fear... The No.1 New York Times bestseller and master of suspense Dean Koontz returns with the new Jane Hawk blockbuster. `I will come for you. Nothing can stop me!' Rogue FBI agent Jane Hawk is on the trail of the members of a murderous organization who drove her husband - and scores of other fine individuals - to commit suicide for no explicable reason. After discovering their plan to subjugate the world by means of an insidious new technology, she has been hunting them down one by one. Now she is America's most wanted fugitive, and the organization is closing in on her beloved five-year-old son, whom she sent into protective hiding with her dearest friends. Faced with insurmountable odds, but armed with a mother's love for her son, Jane will stop at nothing to save him. But even if she can get to him in time there's still the risk that the forbidden door will be opened and an unimaginable terror unleashed.

The Forbidden Door

The Forbidden Door

Author: Dean Koontz Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/09/2018

Her enemies will learn the true meaning of fear... The No.1 New York Times bestseller and master of suspense Dean Koontz returns with the new Jane Hawk blockbuster. `I will come for you. Nothing can stop me!' Rogue FBI agent Jane Hawk is on the trail of the members of a murderous organization who drove her husband - and scores of other fine individuals - to commit suicide for no explicable reason. After discovering their plan to subjugate the world by means of an insidious new technology, she has been hunting them down one by one. Now she is America's most wanted fugitive, and the organization is closing in on her beloved five-year-old son, whom she sent into protective hiding with her dearest friends. Faced with insurmountable odds, but armed with a mother's love for her son, Jane will stop at nothing to save him. But even if she can get to him in time there's still the risk that the forbidden door will be opened and an unimaginable terror unleashed.

From the Corner of His Eye

From the Corner of His Eye

Author: Dean Koontz Format: eBook Release Date: 31/08/2018

Oni rodilis' v odin den' za sotni mil' drug ot druga. Bartolom'yu Lampion, obladayushchij unikal'nym darom videt' to, chto nedostupno drugim. Devochka po imeni Angel s chistym serdcem i dushoj angela. Enoh Kain, prestupivshij chelovecheskie zakony i vybravshij put' ubijcy. Proshlo vremya, i tainstvennaya svyaz' mezhdu nimi, nevidimye struny Vselennoj, reagiruyushchie na kazhdyj postupok, dobryj on ili zloj, stalkivayut ehtih lyudej - Kaina, nesushchego smert', bol', razrushenie, i Bartolom'yu s Angel, vystupayushchih na storone zhizni. Dinu Kuncu prinadlezhat slova o poedinke cheloveka so zlom: "e;Stoit vam ego ispugat'sya, i ono vas proglotit. Prosto nuzhno borot'sya, potomu chto u kazhdogo est' shans pobedit'"e;. Glavnoe, preodolet' strah, i togda, dazhe v poedinke so smert'yu, "e;u kazhdogo est' shans pobedit'"e;.

The Crooked Staircase

The Crooked Staircase

Author: Dean Koontz Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/08/2018

Jane Hawk faces the fight of her life The No.1 New York Times bestseller and master of suspense Dean Koontz returns with a blockbuster new thriller featuring rogue FBI agent Jane Hawk. `I could be dead tomorrow. Or something worse than dead' Rogue FBI agent Jane Hawk will never cease her one-woman war against the terrifying conspiracy that threatens the freedom - and free will - of millions. Battling the mysterious epidemic of murder-suicides that claimed Jane's husband has made Jane a wanted fugitive, hunted relentlessly by the secret cabal behind the plot. Jane will confront head-on the lethal forces arrayed against her. But nothing can prepare her for what awaits when she descends the crooked staircase to the dark and dreadful place where her long nightmare was born.

Darkest Desires

Darkest Desires

Author: Dean Koontz Format: eBook Release Date: 14/08/2018

From bestselling author Dean Koontz, a trilogy of original novellas, Last Light, Final Hour and Troubled Times about an extraordinary heroineMakani Hisoka-OBriena Southern California surfer and clairvoyant.Last LightMakani is a young woman with a good heart and the gift of toucha troubling gift, and sometime curse, that separates her from others, from her family, friends and loversa gift that makes her wary of casual contact. For when Makani touches others, their darkest thoughts and secret deeds are revealed to her. But her exile from the world at large comes to an end when she meets a gifted man with a talent of his owna talent guided by a twisted soul. In a war of wills, only one will survive.Final HourMakani saves a stranger from an accident in the park and experiences a most disturbing vision. With her friend Pogo, her dog Bob, and mere traces of information to guide her, Makani must track down two mysterious sistersone of them innocent, one not.Troubled TimesA friend reveals that he is under attack from a man with supernatural talentsa malevolent man with the power to manipulate time. The power was meant for goodto save humanitybut it was usurped by this man of insatiable greed and lust. Makani must use her gift, yet again, not only to save her friend, but the world as well. Has Makani finally met her match? Can her good heart stand up to such evil? Someones time is up and only time will tell whose time that is.

Icebound

Icebound

Author: Dean Koontz Format: eBook Release Date: 07/08/2018

The arctic night is endless. The fear is numbing. Screams freeze in the throat. Death arrives in shades of white. And cold-blooded murder seems right at home.Conducting a strange and urgent experiment on the Arctic icefield, a team of scientists has planted sixty powerful explosive charges that will detonate at midnight. Before they can withdraw to the safety of their base camp, a shattering tidal wave breaks loose the ice on which they are working. Now they are hopelessly marooned on an iceberg during a violent winter storm. The bombs beneath them are buried irretrievably deep . . . and ticking. And they discover that one of them is an assassin with a mission of his own.

Ticktock

Ticktock

Author: Dean Koontz Format: eBook Release Date: 07/08/2018

Tommy Phan is a successful detective novelist living the American dream in Southern California. One evening he comes home to find a small rag doll on his doorstep. Its a simple doll, covered entirely in white cloth, with crossed black stitches for the eyes and mouth, and another pair forming an X over the heart. Curious, he brings it inside.That night Tommy hears an odd popping sound and looks up to see the stitches breaking over the dolls heart. And in minutes the fabric of Tommy Phans reality will be torn apart. Something terrifying emerges from the pristine white cloth, something that will follow Tommy wherever he goes. Something that he cant destroy. It wants Tommys life, and he doesnt know why. He has only one ally, a beautiful, strangely intuitive waitress he meets by chanceor by a design far beyond his comprehension. He has too many questions, no answers, and very little time. Because the vicious and demonically clever doll has left this warning on Tommys computer screen: The deadline is dawn.

Sole Survivor

Sole Survivor

Author: Dean Koontz Format: eBook Release Date: 10/07/2018

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERThe plane crashed without warning. Three hundred and thirty people died. No explanation. No survivors. Now one man who lost everything that night is about to discover the answers he needs to go on with his lifeor the conviction to finally end it.Crime reporter Joe Carpenter lost his wife and two daughters in the crash of Flight 353. Aching from his loss, Joe is unable to work, think, or do anything but grieve, and wait for his own death. Then Joe meets Rose, a woman who claims to be the crashs sole survivor. But before Joe can probe further, the elusive Rose slips away and Joe is left with haunting, terrifying questions: If Rose lived through the crash, is it possible his family could have survived it, too? Did the authorities conspire to hide what really happened that night? Joes search for the truth will shatter him like nothing has beforeand force him to question everything he thinks he knows about life and death.