Dean Koontz was born and raised in Pennsylvania. He is the author of seven New York Times #1 bestsellers. He lives with his wife Gerda and their dog Trixie in Southern California.
The final pages of Koontz's newest are uplifting enough to make Cain repent and Pilate weep. And there's much else in this novel to savor-and savor it readers must, because some of the book is slow going (it's also much too long). There's scarcely an author alive who, judging by his books, loves the English language more than Koontz; there's certainly no bestselling author of popular fiction who makes more use of figures of speech and whose sentences offer more musicality. That can be Koontz's weakness as well as strength, however. Koontz is also one of the great suspense authors, and when he's fashioned a particularly robust plot to carry his creative prose, as in last year's By the Light of the Moon, he's an Olympian. But when he stretches a thin story line beyond resilience, the language can overcome the narrative like kudzu vines. That happens here, despite the tale's grandeur and strong lines. The eponymous Face is the world's biggest movie star; he doesn't appear in the novel, but his smart, geeky 10-year-old son, Fric, takes center stage, as does Ethan Truman, cop-turned-security chief of the Face's elaborate estate and Fric's main human protector when one Corky Laputa, who's dedicated his life to anarchy, decides to sow further disorder by kidnapping this progeny of the world's idol. Fric's secondary protector was also human, a mobster, until he recently died and became Fric's (somewhat inept) guardian angel. Most of the narrative concerns Corky's abominations and Ethan and Fric's dawning awareness, via numerous uncanny events, of the unfolding horror. Koontz's characters are memorable and his unique mix of suspense and humor absorbing; but his overwriting-e.g., a chapter of about 2,000 words to describe Corky's coverup of a murder, when a sentence or two would have sufficed-make this worthy novel less than a dream. Still, great kudos to Koontz for creating, within the strictures of popular fiction, another notable novel of ideas and of moral imperatives. (On sale May 27) Forecast: Koontz regularly publishes one novel a year, usually around the year-end holidays. Will the market buy one just six months after his last? Sure it will: look for this to hit #1. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
'Dean Koontz is not just a master of our darkest dreams, but also a literary juggler' The Times
`Koontz has once again proven why he is one of the premier novelists of his generation.' Jonathan Weir, Amazon.co.uk
`Psychologically complex, masterly and satisfying.' The New York Times
`Intensity chills the reader to the core and establishes Koontz as a master.' Associated Press
`Koontz has near-Dickensian powers of description, and an ability to yank us from one page to the next that few novelists can match.' Los Angeles Times
`Dean Koontz is probably, right now, the most underestimated writer at work in the field of fantastic literature' Infinity Plus
Koontz is the master of the supernatural-suspense novel and other cross-genre literary combinations. These two works demonstrate his talent for creating unlikely early situations in multiple and disparate story lines, then pulling them together for convincing and ultimately uplifting denouements. He does this seemingly effortlessly with great writing and excellent characters and dialog. In One Door Away from Heaven, read by Anne Twomey, a fictional condemnation of utilitarian bioethics, the author joins plot elements that include an endangered and precocious child, human-dog bonding, the world of UFO and ET cultism, and an imperiled alien who's been placed on Earth to help save the planet. In The Face, read by Dylan Baker, a sadistic professor of literature plans to kidnap and torture the lonely and marginalized child of the world's most famous movie star, Channing Manheim (a.k.a. "The Face"). Channing's security chief is aided by a guardian angel, among other supernatural entities, in thwarting the attack. In both programs, the readers do a great job of capturing the personalities of Koontz's roster of unique, kooky, evil, cynical, canine, alien, divine, and undead characters. Both programs are highly recommended.-Kristen L. Smith, Loras Coll. Lib., Dubuque, IA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.