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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

By the Light of the Moon

By the Light of the Moon

Author: Dean Koontz Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/01/2018

A powerful action thriller that deftly combines drama, humour and spellbinding characters in a furiously paced plot that will leave you wanting more.

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 ...

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...

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.

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.

The Husband

The Husband

Author: Dean Koontz Format: Paperback (a Format) Release Date: 03/03/2011

A fast, easy read, simply told tale which pulls you through the action at a rate of knots.  It’s dysfunctional family-based, with kidnapping-race-against-time stuff at its core, a good escapist read.Similar this month: None.Comparison: Harlan Coben, Robert Crais, Michael Connelly.

The Taking

The Taking

Author: Dean Koontz Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/01/2005

In true Koontz style, this is a novel of stunning suspense and visceral terror as doomsday dawns; a night of freak weather which brings disaster to a small Californian town

Life Expectancy

Life Expectancy

Author: Dean Koontz Format: Ebook Release Date: 27/06/2006

With his bestselling blend of nail-biting intensity, daring artistry, and storytelling magic, Dean Koontz returns with an emotional roller coaster of a tale filled with enough twists, turns, shocks, and surprises for ten ordinary novels. Here is the story of five days in the life of an ordinary man born to an extraordinary legacya story that will challenge the way you look at good and evil, life and death, and everything in between.Jimmy Tock comes into the world on the very night his grandfather leaves it. As a violent storm rages outside the hospital, Rudy Tock spends long hours walking the corridors between the expectant fathers' waiting room and his dying father's bedside. It's a strange vigil made all the stranger when, at the very height of the storm's fury, Josef Tock suddenly sits up in bed and speaks coherently for the frist and last time since his stroke.What he says before he dies is that there will be five dark days in the life of his grandsonfive dates whose terrible events Jimmy will have to prepare himself to face. The first is to occur in his twentieth year; the second in his twent-third year; the third in his twenty-eighth; the fourth in his twenty-ninth; the fifth in his thirtieth.Rudy is all too ready to discount his father's last words as a dying man's delusional rambling. But then he discovers that Josef also predicted the time of his grandson's birth to the minute, as well as his exact height and weight, and the fact that Jimmy would be born with syndactylythe unexplained anomal of fused digitson his left foot. Suddenly the old man's predictions take on a chilling significance.What terrifying events await Jimmy on these five dark days? What nightmares will he face? What challenges must he survive? As the novel unfolds, picking up Jimmy's story at each of these crisis points, the path he must follow will defy every expectation. And with each crisis he faces, he will move closer to a fate he could never have imagined. For who Jimmy Tock is and what he must accomplish on the five days when his world turns is a mystery as dangerous as it is wondrousa struggle against an evil so dark and pervasive, only the most extraordinary of human spirits can shine through.From the Hardcover edition.

Velocity

Velocity

Author: Dean Koontz Format: Ebook Release Date: 02/10/2007

Dean Koontzs unique talent for writing terrifying thrillers with a heart and soul is nowhere more evident than in this latest suspense masterpiece that pits one man against the ultimate deadline. If there were speed limits for the sheer pulse-racing excitement allowed in one novel, Velocity would break them all. Get ready for the ride of your life.VelocityBill Wile is an easygoing, hardworking guy who leads a quiet, ordinary life. But that is about to change. One evening, after his usual eight-hour bartending shift, he finds a typewritten note under the windshield wiper of his car. If you dont take this note to the police and get them involved, I will kill a lovely blond schoolteacher. If you do take this note to the police, I will instead kill an elderly woman active in charity work. You have four hours to decide. The choice is yours.It seems like a sick joke, and Bills friend on the police force, Lanny Olson, thinks so too. His advice to Bill is to go home and forget about it. Besides, what could they do even if they took the note seriously? No crime has actually been committed. But less than twenty-four hours later, a young blond schoolteacher is found murdered, and its Bills fault: he didnt convince the police to get involved. Now hes got another note, another deadline, another ultimatumand two new lives hanging in the balance.Suddenly Bills average, seemingly innocuous life takes on the dimensions and speed of an accelerating nightmare. Because the notes are coming faster, the deadlines growing tighter, and the killer becoming bolder and crueler with every communicationuntil Bill is isolated with the terrifying knowledge that he alone has the power of life and death over a psychopaths innocent victims. Until the struggle between good and evil is intensely personal. Until the most chilling words of all are: The choice is yours.From the Paperback edition.

Other books by Dean Koontz

Elsewhere

Elsewhere

Author: Dean Koontz Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/07/2021

In ELSEWHERE, master storyteller Dean Koontz, has created a brilliant and terrifying speculative thriller with hat-tips to George Orwell, Ray Bradbury and HG Wells. In the little South Californian town of Suavidad Beach, Jeff Coltrane is raising his daughter Amity on his own, ever since his wife Michelle went missing seven years ago. He's doing a pretty good job of it, and though Amity misses her mom she pours her excess love into her pet mouse Snowball: she's on a promise for her own puppy if she proves she can take good care of the mouse. Then one day their itinerant friend Ed - known locally as 'Mr Spooky' - hands into Jeff's care a small box containing 'the key to everything', with the warning that it's worth around $76 billion, and that he has a demonic posse on his tail searching for it, and that because it's both so powerful and so valuable, they'll never give up their quest to get their hands on it. He'll come back for it in a year: but on no account during that time is Jeff to open the box. Jeff quickly hides it away, which is just as well, since some sinister 'federal' agents soon turn up on his doorstep, making threats and looking for Ed. With his beloved wife missing, having the key to everything in his possession proves to be just too much of a temptation for Jeff, and not long afterwards he opens the box and activates the key. It seems, to begin with, that nothing has changed; but then he starts to notice subtle differences around the house, and outside, the weather has changed and they appear to have different neighbours. Down in the town, everything is a little more shabby. In the park, Amity kicks over some pebbles, before realising they are bloodied teeth. There's the smell of burning books on the air. And up on the ridgeline overlooking the town, thirteen large crows are perched like the living totems of a clan of malicious wizards... The screen of the key reads ELSEWHERE 1.13. It offers three options: HOME, SELECT or RETURN. Somewhere out there in the multiverse, Michelle - adored wife and mother - is still alive. But dare Jeff and Amity - and Snowball - use the key to track her down, with the demonic posse after them and unknown terrors in the other versions of their world?

77 Shadow Street

77 Shadow Street

Author: Dean Koontz Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/05/2021

Heart-stopping thriller from the master of suspense. Bad things are starting to happen at the Pendleton, an eerie building with a tragic past. The Pendleton stands on the summit of Shadow Hill, a palace built in the late 19th century as a tycoon's dream home. But its grandeur has been scarred by episodes of madness, suicide and mass murder. Since being converted into luxury apartments in the 70s, however, the Pendleton has been at peace. For its fortunate residents - among them ex-marine Bailey Hawk, songwriter Twyla Trahern and her young son Winny - the Pendleton is a sanctuary, its dark past all but forgotten. But now inexplicable shadows caper across walls, security cameras relay impossible images, phantom voices mutter in strange tongues, not-quite-human figures lurk in the basement, elevators plunge into unknown depths. It seems that whatever drove past occupants to their unspeakable fates is at work again. As nightmare visions become real, a group of extraordinary individuals hold the key to humanity's destiny. Welcome to 77 Shadow Street.

Watchers

Watchers

Author: Dean Koontz Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/05/2021

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.

The Other Emily

The Other Emily

Author: Dean Koontz Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/03/2021

Devoted

Devoted

Author: Dean Koontz Format: Paperback 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.

The Night Window

The Night Window

Author: Dean Koontz Format: Paperback 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 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.

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.

The Whispering Room

The Whispering Room

Author: Dean Koontz Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/06/2018

It's either fight, or die... The second gripping thriller in an exciting series featuring rogue FBI agent Jane Hawk, from the master of suspense and New York Times No.1 bestselling author. 'Do what you were born to do' These are the words that ring in the mind of a beloved teacher as she drives a car full of burning gasoline into a hotel. The police believe she was insane, but rogue FBI agent Jane Hawk knows the truth. In the wake of many similar inexplicable suicides, including that of her husband, Jane picks up the trail of a secret cabal of formidable players who are bent on obtaining world power. Now Jane has become an unstoppable predator. Those she is hunting will have nowhere to run when her shadow falls across them.

Dark Rivers of the Heart

Dark Rivers of the Heart

Author: Dean Koontz Format: Ebook Release Date: 29/05/2018

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERDo you dare step through the red door? Spencer Grant had no idea what drew him to the bar with the red door. He thought he would just sit down, have a slow beer or two, and talk to a stranger. He couldnt know that it would lead to a narrow escape from a bungalow targeted by a SWAT team. Or that it would leave him a wanted man.But now Spencer is on the run from mysterious and ruthless men. He is in love with a woman he knows next to nothing about. And he is hiding from a past he cant fully remember. On his trail is a shadowy security agency that answers to no oneincluding the U.S. governmentand a man who considers himself a compassionate Angel of Death. But worst of all, Spencer Grant is on a collision course with inner demons he thought hed buried years agoinner demons that could destroy him if his enemies dont first.

The Crooked Staircase

The Crooked Staircase

Author: Dean Koontz Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/05/2018

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 thriller featuring rogue FBI agent Jane Hawk. 'I could be dead tomorrow. Or something worse than dead' Rogue FBI agent Jane Hawk knows she's living on borrowed time. But as long as she's breathing, she'll 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 her husband has made Jane a wanted fugitive, hunted relentlessly by the secret cabal behind the plot. They are determined to see her dead . . . or make her wish she was. Propelled by her righteous fury, Jane will confront head-on the lethal forces arrayed against her. But nothing can prepare her for the chilling truth that awaits when she descends the crooked staircase to the dark and dreadful place where her long nightmare was born.

Crooked Staircase

Crooked Staircase

Author: Dean Koontz Format: Ebook Release Date: 08/05/2018

Jane Hawkwho dazzled readers in The Silent Corner and The Whispering Roomfaces the fight of her life, against the threat of a lifetime in this electrifying new thriller by #1 New York Times bestselling suspense master Dean Koontz.I could be dead tomorrow. Or something worse than dead.Jane Hawk knows she may be living on borrowed time. But as long as shes breathing, shell never cease her one-woman war against the terrifying conspiracy that threatens the freedomand free willof millions. Battling the strange epidemic of murder-suicides that claimed Janes husband, and is escalating across the country, has made the rogue FBI agent a wanted fugitive, relentlessly hunted not only by the government but by the secret cabal behind the plot. Deploying every resource their malign nexus of power and technology commands, Janes enemies are determined to see her dead . . . or make her wish she was.Janes ruthless pursuers cant stop her from drawing a bead on her prey: a cunning man with connections in high places, a twisted soul of unspeakable depths with an army of professional killers on call. Propelled by her righteous fury and implacable insistence on justice, Jane will make her way from southern California to the snow-swept slopes of Lake Tahoe to confront head-on the lethal forces arrayed against her. But nothing can prepare her for the chilling truth that awaits when she descends the crooked staircase to the dark and dreadful place where her long nightmare was born.PRAISE FOR DEAN KOONTZS JANE HAWK NOVELSGripping . . . The paranoia and mystery increase as the story unfolds. . . . Koontz has created such a wonderful character in Jane Hawk that . . . readers will clamor for more. . . . Koontz rocks it again.Associated PressVintage Dean Koontz: paranoia-fueled suspense . . . sleek and highly realized action, developed characters, and more twists and turns than any two ordinary novels combined . . . as relevant to current events as it is audacious . . . amongst Dean Koontzs finest contemporary work.Mystery ScenePerhaps Koontzs leanest, meanest thriller, [The Silent Corner] introduces a smart, appealing heroine who can outthink as well as outshoot the baddest of bad dudes.Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Shattered

Shattered

Author: Dean Koontz Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/03/2018

It starts as a kid's game to while away the long drive across country. It ends in a grotesque nightmare of death and destruction. Alex and Colin are travelling three thousand miles by car to a golden city and a golden girl. She's Colin's adored sister, Alex's ravishing new wife. But she could cost them their lives. Someone's out to get them. To destroy their dreams. To plunge them into a paranoid world where every sound could be the last thing they ever hear. Originally published under the pseudonym K. R. Dwyer

The Face of Fear

The Face of Fear

Author: Dean Koontz Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/02/2018

A gifted clairvoyant. A shocking vision. A deadly killer. Dean Koontz writes a spine-chilling novel in The Face of Fear - a gripping tale of predator and prey. Perfect for fans of Richard Laymon and Harlan Coben. 'Real suspense... tension upon tension!' - The New York Times Graham Harris is a gifted clairvoyant, and during a television interview, he 'sees' a murder being committed. He knows that the killer is the man the police have named the Butcher - the slayer of nine young women. Learning of the psychic identification, the Butcher begins to stalk this 'witness' to his crime, and traps Harris and his girlfriend at night in a vast forty-two-storey business building, hunting them relentlessly from floor to floor... What readers are saying about The Face of Fear: 'Your breathing will not return to normal once Koontz brings you immediately into the fold and hold of this book' 'Wonderfully told story about undisguised, revelled-in evil' 'This book combines the crime and thriller genres masterfully with a good dose of occult'

The Key to Midnight

The Key to Midnight

Author: Dean Koontz Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/02/2018

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'

Demon Seed

Demon Seed

Author: Dean Koontz Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/01/2018

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'.