Dean Koontz was born and raised in Pennsylvania. He is the author of numberous New York Times #1 bestsellers. He lives with his wife Gerda in Southern California.
After the sophistication and ingenuity of such recent Hitchcockian thrillers as The Husband and The Good Guy, bestseller Koontz stumbles inÅthis pallid effort. Ryan Kelly, a 34-year-oldÅInternet entrepreneur, has it all, including an attractive journalist girlfriend he wants to marry, Samantha Reach, and a house in a gated community in Newport Coast, Calif. Harsh reality intrudes when he learns he has a serious heart defect and must get a transplant. Fortunately, a compatible donor turns up in time, but then someone launches a reign of psychological terror that leaves Ryan suspicious of Samantha and his longtime servants. The ultimate plot payoff is unworthy of this gifted author, as are patches of ponderous prose ("With the moon still tethered to the eastern horizon but straining higher, with the giant pepper tree occluding most of the eternally receding stars, the time to talk of death had come"). Koontz fans can only hope for a return to form next time. (Nov. 25) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Praise for Dean Koontz:
`A terrific pursuit story ... clever, up-to-the-minute, and riveting' Guardian
`There's surprise after surprise, including a killer finale ... a read-in-one-go novel' Independent on Sunday
`Velocity hits its pace from the first page and races through to a suitably climactic ending' Sydney Sunday Telegraph
`Dean Koontz is not just a master of our darkest dreams, but also a literary juggler' The Times
`Psychologically complex, masterly and satisfying' The New York Times
The shadowy woman stalking heart transplant survivor Ryan Perry has one demand--she wants her heart back. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.