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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

Devoted

Devoted

Author: Dean Koontz Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/10/2020

One boy with the power to save the world. One man with the will to destroy it. The chilling, unputdownable new standalone thriller from Dean Koontz, the master of suspense. 'The master of our darkest dreams' The Times A mother, a boy, and a desperate battle against the night. Woody Bookman hasn't spoken a word in his eleven years of life. Not when his father died in a freak accident. Not when his mother Megan tells him she loves him. For Megan, keeping her boy safe and happy is what matters. But Woody believes a monstrous evil is behind his father's death and now threatens him and his mother. And he's not alone in his thoughts. An ally unknown to him is listening. Woody's fearful suspicions are taking shape. A malicious man driven by evil has set a depraved plan into motion. And he's coming after Woody and his mother. The reasons are primal. His powers are growing. And he's not alone.

Devoted

Devoted

Author: Dean Koontz Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/10/2020

One boy with the power to save the world. One man with the will to destroy it. The chilling, unputdownable new standalone thriller from Dean Koontz, the master of suspense. 'The master of our darkest dreams' The Times A mother, a boy, and a desperate battle against the night. Woody Bookman hasn't spoken a word in his eleven years of life. Not when his father died in a freak accident. Not when his mother Megan tells him she loves him. For Megan, keeping her boy safe and happy is what matters. But Woody believes a monstrous evil is behind his father's death and now threatens him and his mother. And he's not alone in his thoughts. An ally unknown to him is listening. Woody's fearful suspicions are taking shape. A malicious man driven by evil has set a depraved plan into motion. And he's coming after Woody and his mother. The reasons are primal. His powers are growing. And he's not alone.

Winter Moon

Winter Moon

Author: Dean Koontz Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/08/2020

If you delight in the suspense of Stephen King and The Stranger by Harlan Coben chilled you to the bone (in the best possible way), you'll love Winter Moon - the classic thriller by Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz. 'Not just a master of our darkest dreams but also a literary juggler' - The Times. Eduardo is a lonely retiree living on his isolated Montana ranch. His life is peaceful, until one night he is awakened by a fearful throbbing sound and eerie lights in the woods. More mysterious and disturbing events follow over the next few months. Eduardo begins to fear for his sanity and his life, until the terrible night when someone - or something - knocks on his back door... One lovely spring morning in Los Angeles, cop Jack McGarvey is hammered by submachine-gun fire when a madman goes berserk. He barely survives. Jack longs to move his wife and son to a more peaceful place away from the city, but he feels utterly powerless and without prospects. In their hour of desperation, the McGarvey family receives an unexpected inheritance in the shape of a sprawling ranch in one of the most beautiful, peaceful places in the country: Montana. The family sets out from Los Angeles to begin their new life, unaware that the terror-riddled city will soon seem like a safe haven compared to what lies ahead. WINTER MOON is inspired by the author's short novel, INVASION, published under the pseudonym Aaron Wolfe.

The Key to Midnight

The Key to Midnight

Author: Dean Koontz Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/08/2020

The past can be a very dangerous place when it is locked into a nightmare... The Key to Midnight is a page-turning thriller from Dean Koontz that delves into the darkest of dreams. Perfect for fans of Stephen King and Harlan Coben. '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 Who is Joanna Rand? Alex Hunter hasn't come to Japan to fall in love. But Joanna Rand is the most beautiful, exciting woman he has ever met. But Joanna is not who she thinks she is. Ten years before, and halfway across the world, a brutally bizarre experiment recreated her mind. A violation so hideous that her dreams are filled with terror and her memories are a lie. If they are ever to be free, Alex and Joanna have to reopen the dangerous door into the nightmare past. Somehow they have to find the key to midnight... What readers are saying about The Key to Midnight: 'This is a story of suspense, action and intrigue set to the backdrop of international espionage... Koontz delivers his usual blend of mystery and action that keeps those pages turning' 'This is an intriguing tale, a mystery and a romance but shot through with an underlying psychological horror and also a political undertone, too' 'As always, so, so readable, and so, so well written'

Watchers

Watchers

Author: Dean Koontz Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/08/2020

The No.1 bestselling classic from Dean Koontz, the master of chilling suspense, that will thrill fans of Stephen King and the Odd Thomas series. They escape from a secret government project: two mutant creatures, both changed utterly from the animals they once were. And no one who encounters them will ever be the same again. A lonely widower, a ruthless assassin, a beautiful woman, a government agent. Drawn together in a deadly hunt, all four are inexorably propelled towards a confrontation with an evil beyond human imagining.

Strangers

Strangers

Author: Dean Koontz Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/08/2020

If you delight in the suspense of Stephen King and The Stranger by Harlan Coben chilled you to the bone (in the best possible way), you'll love Strangers - the classic thriller by Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz. 'Not just a master of our darkest dreams but also a literary juggler' - The Times. They were strangers. A handful of people. From different backgrounds, living in different towns and cities across America, they had nothing in common - except fear. They were victims. Cold and stark, an unknown terror gripped their dreams and turned their days into living nightmares. They were chosen. And they could not escape. Deep in the heart of a sprawling desert, a dark memory called out to them, drawing them to the Tranquillity Motel - where the terrifying truth was waiting...

Lightning

Lightning

Author: Dean Koontz Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/08/2020

The No.1 bestselling classic from Dean Koontz, the master of chilling suspense, that will thrill fans of Stephen King and the Odd Thomas series. The first time the lightning strikes Laura Shane is born... The second time it strikes the terror starts... though eight-year-old Laura is saved by a mysterious stranger from the perverted and deadly intentions of a drug-crazed robber. Throughout her childhood she is plagued by ever more terrifying troubles, and with increasing courage she finds the strength to prevail - even without the intervention of her strange guardian. But, despite her success as a novelist, and her happy family life, Laura cannot shake the certainty that powerful and malignant forces are controlling her destiny. Then the lightning strikes once more and shatters her world. The adventure - and the terror - has only just begun...

Hideaway

Hideaway

Author: Dean Koontz Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/07/2020

If you delight in the suspense of Stephen King and The Stranger by Harlan Coben chilled you to the bone (in the best possible way), you'll love Hideaway - the classic thriller by Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz. 'Not just a master of our darkest dreams but also a literary juggler' - The Times. Although accident victim Hatch Harrison dies en route to the hospital, a brilliant physician miraculously resuscitates him. Given this second chance, Hatch and his wife Lindsey approach each day with a new appreciation of the beauty of life - until a series of mysterious and frightening events brings them face to face with the unknown. Although Hatch was given no glimpse of an afterlife during the period when his heart had stopped, he has reason to fear that he has brought a terrible presence back with him... from the land of the dead. When people who have wronged the Harrisons begin to die violently, Hatch comes to doubt his own innocence - and must confront the possibility that this life is just a prelude to another, darker place.

Intensity

Intensity

Author: Dean Koontz Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/07/2020

If you delight in the suspense of Stephen King and Harlan Coben, you'll love Intensity - a classic thriller by Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz. Edgler Vess is a sociopath intent on murder. He lives for one purpose only: to satisfy all appetites as they arise, seeking ever more outrageous experience. To live with intensity. When he attacks her friend, Laura, Chyna Shepherd is saved by the instincts developed during a dark and turbulent childhood. Not knowing Laura is already dead, Chyna follows, hoping to save her friend, as Vess carries her body to his motor home - a dungeon and morgue on wheels. The killer, unaware of her presence, drives away. But Chyna is now trapped in his dangerous orbit. Her sole aim is to get out alive, but when she learns the identity of the killer's next intended victim, she knows she must act to save that precious life - and take risks beyond any that she ever imagined she could endure.

Devoted

Devoted

Author: Dean Koontz Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/04/2020

One boy with the power to save the world. One man with the will to destroy it. The chilling, unputdownable new standalone thriller from Dean Koontz, the master of suspense. 'The master of our darkest dreams' The Times A mother, a boy, and a desperate battle against the night. Woody Bookman hasn't spoken a word in his eleven years of life. Not when his father died in a freak accident. Not when his mother Megan tells him she loves him. For Megan, keeping her boy safe and happy is what matters. But Woody believes a monstrous evil is behind his father's death and now threatens him and his mother. And he's not alone in his thoughts. An ally unknown to him is listening. Woody's fearful suspicions are taking shape. A malicious man driven by evil has set a depraved plan into motion. And he's coming after Woody and his mother. The reasons are primal. His powers are growing. And he's not alone.

Devoted

Devoted

Author: Dean Koontz Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/04/2020

One boy with the power to save the world. One man with the will to destroy it. The chilling, unputdownable new standalone thriller from Dean Koontz, the master of suspense. 'The master of our darkest dreams' The Times A mother, a boy, and a desperate battle against the night. Woody Bookman hasn't spoken a word in his eleven years of life. Not when his father died in a freak accident. Not when his mother Megan tells him she loves him. For Megan, keeping her boy safe and happy is what matters. But Woody believes a monstrous evil is behind his father's death and now threatens him and his mother. And he's not alone in his thoughts. An ally unknown to him is listening. Woody's fearful suspicions are taking shape. A malicious man driven by evil has set a depraved plan into motion. And he's coming after Woody and his mother. The reasons are primal. His powers are growing. And he's not alone.

The Night Window

The Night Window

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

The explosive conclusion to the Jane Hawk saga, from No. 1 New York Times bestseller Dean Koontz. She will destroy her enemies once and for all... '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... Praise for Dean Koontz 'Humour, humanity and horror, the classic Koontz concoction' The Times 'A terrific pursuit story ... clever, up-to-the-minute, and riveting' Guardian 'An incredible saga' Washington Post 'Psychologically complex, masterly and satisfying' The New York Times 'Dean Koontz is not just a master of our darkest dreams, but also a literary juggler' The Times 'There's surprise after surprise, including a killer finale ... a read-in-one-go novel' Independent on Sunday 'A master at the peak of his powers' Matt Haig, author of How to Stop Time 'A mind-bender filled with satisfying surprises' People

The Night Window

The Night Window

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

The explosive conclusion to the Jane Hawk saga, from No. 1 New York Times bestseller Dean Koontz. She will destroy her enemies once and for all... '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... Praise for Dean Koontz 'Humour, humanity and horror, the classic Koontz concoction' The Times 'A terrific pursuit story ... clever, up-to-the-minute, and riveting' Guardian 'An incredible saga' Washington Post 'Psychologically complex, masterly and satisfying' The New York Times 'Dean Koontz is not just a master of our darkest dreams, but also a literary juggler' The Times 'There's surprise after surprise, including a killer finale ... a read-in-one-go novel' Independent on Sunday 'A master at the peak of his powers' Matt Haig, author of How to Stop Time 'A mind-bender filled with satisfying surprises' People

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 fourth 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 fourth 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 Night Window

The Night Window

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

The explosive conclusion to the Jane Hawk saga, from No. 1 New York Times bestseller Dean Koontz. She will destroy her enemies once and for all... '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... Praise for Dean Koontz 'Humour, humanity and horror, the classic Koontz concoction' The Times 'A terrific pursuit story ... clever, up-to-the-minute, and riveting' Guardian 'An incredible saga' Washington Post 'Psychologically complex, masterly and satisfying' The New York Times 'Dean Koontz is not just a master of our darkest dreams, but also a literary juggler' The Times 'There's surprise after surprise, including a killer finale ... a read-in-one-go novel' Independent on Sunday 'A master at the peak of his powers' Matt Haig, author of How to Stop Time 'A mind-bender filled with satisfying surprises' People