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With each of his #1 New York Times bestsellers, Dean Koontz has displayed an unparalleled ability to entertain and enlighten readers with novels that capture the essence of our times even as they bring us to the edge of our seats. Now he delivers a heart-gripping tour de force he's been waiting years to write, at once a love story, a thrilling adventure, and a masterwork of suspense that redefines the boundaries of primal fear — and of enduring devotion.

Amy Redwing has dedicated her life to the southern California organization she founded to rescue abandoned and endangered golden retrievers. Among dog lovers, she's a legend for the risks she'll take to save an animal from abuse. Among her friends, Amy's heedless devotion is often cause for concern. To widower Brian McCarthy, whose commitment she can't allow herself to return, Amy's behavior is far more puzzling and hides a shattering secret.

No one is surprised when Amy risks her life to save Nickie, nor when she takes the female golden into her home. The bond between Amy and Nickie is immediate and uncanny. Even her two other goldens, Fred and Ethel, recognize Nickie as special, a natural alpha. But the instant joy Nickie brings is shadowed by a series of eerie incidents. An ominous stranger. A mysterious home invasion.

And the unmistakable sense that someone is watching Amy's every move and that, whoever it is, he's not alone.

Someone has come back to turn Amy into the desperate, hunted creature she's always been there to save. But now there's no one to save Amy and those she loves. From its breathtaking opening scene to its shocking climax, The Darkest Evening of the Year is Dean Koontz at his finest, a transcendent thriller certain to have readers turning pages until dawn.

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"Set mostly in Southern California, this topnotch thriller from bestseller Koontz (The Good Guy) depicts with unabashed emotion and wit the magical powers of golden retrievers — in particular, a female named Nickie, who will stop at nothing to save innocent children and protect their guardians. Amy Redwing, the survivor of a horrifying marriage, establishes Golden Heart to rescue golden retrievers, rehabilitate the abused ones and find 'forever homes.' A supernatural chain of events ensues after Amy and her architect boyfriend, Brian McCarthy, rescue Nickie during a violent intervention in a family dispute. Soon the pair are on a mission that leads to a transformative confrontation with a number of ugly characters — Gunther Schloss, a frustrated aspiring novelist turned killer-for-hire; Moonglow, a psychobitch in the Mommie Dearest league; and Moonglow's lover, Harrow, a self-obsessed sicko. This is the perfect book for thriller addicts who know the darkest hour is just before dawn and for canine lovers who remember 'dog' spelled backwards is 'god.'" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Dean Koontz loves dogs. For decades, dogs have played significant roles in his fiction, most notably in his 1987 novel 'Watchers.' They've also inspired a short, comic volume of canine wit and wisdom called 'Life Is Good: Lessons in Joyful Living.' Continuing this tradition, an unusual golden retriever named Nickie dominates Koontz's latest novel, 'The Darkest Evening of the Year.' The result is,... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"If not top-drawer Koontz, darned close to it, magnetically readable, and incorporating an eloquent plea for discarded and mistreated dogs everywhere." Booklist

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"Mr. Koontz routinely churns out epic tales of good versus evil, but he strains hard this time to place a pet at the center of his moral universe." Janet Maslin, New York Times

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Koontz delivers suspense for all seasons with a transcendent thriller — a heart-gripping tour de force featuring a dedicated dog rescuer, a very special golden retriever she saves, and the murderous adversaries they must face together.

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Dean Koontz, the author of many #1 New York Times bestsellers, lives with his wife, Gerda, and the enduring spirit of their golden retriever, Trixie, in southern California.

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Joe Thoms, February 28, 2009 (view all comments by Joe Thoms)
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I wish that I had read more reviews regarding this book before I wasted $45.00 for the audio version of it. I purchased this audio book for my wife for Christmas and I was the first one to hear it. We have two wonderful dogs that the Good Lord has blessed us with and that we love very much. I purchased this audio book thinking that it was mainly about a dog. WRONG! What a waste of my time and my money. This book has very graphic descriptions of both dog and child abuse and depicts a demonic person and very foul language. I had to force myself to listen to the entire book and I am so sorry that I did. I could only stomach hearing a few parts of it at a time. I will NEVER purchase another book from Dean Koontz again. What a waste of talent. This book could have been a loving, pleasant, and memorable story. I made a mistake buying this book. Please don’t you make the same one.

JT
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beannikki, March 31, 2008 (view all comments by beannikki)
A girl with no past or a past she doesn't like to share becomes tangled in a web when the past comes looking for her. This girl's dream is to save animals from abuse and neglect and get them good homes or what she likes to call their "forever home".She is a dog lover herself with two golden retrievers who she calls family. it was a wonderful heartfelt story with a few action sequences and lots of mystery.
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judithkaye, January 13, 2008 (view all comments by judithkaye)
“The Darkest Evening of the Year” really fell short of my high expectation of Dean Koontz. The book remained me of a rock. Some parts were smooth while others, bumpy. And I probably could have overlooked much of the rough parts if it weren’t for the far-fetched ending. When it was over, I sat there stunned, wondering if maybe I didn’t get the ending. Since this was a group read, I was able to hear what others had to say. I wasn’t alone in my feelings.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780553804829
Author:
Koontz, Dean
Publisher:
Bantam
Author:
Koontz, Dean R.
Author:
Dean Koontz
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
California, Southern
Subject:
Dog rescue.
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Suspense fiction
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Suspense
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st
Publication Date:
November 2007
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9.25x6.43x1.34 in. 1.35 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Set mostly in Southern California, this topnotch thriller from bestseller Koontz (The Good Guy) depicts with unabashed emotion and wit the magical powers of golden retrievers — in particular, a female named Nickie, who will stop at nothing to save innocent children and protect their guardians. Amy Redwing, the survivor of a horrifying marriage, establishes Golden Heart to rescue golden retrievers, rehabilitate the abused ones and find 'forever homes.' A supernatural chain of events ensues after Amy and her architect boyfriend, Brian McCarthy, rescue Nickie during a violent intervention in a family dispute. Soon the pair are on a mission that leads to a transformative confrontation with a number of ugly characters — Gunther Schloss, a frustrated aspiring novelist turned killer-for-hire; Moonglow, a psychobitch in the Mommie Dearest league; and Moonglow's lover, Harrow, a self-obsessed sicko. This is the perfect book for thriller addicts who know the darkest hour is just before dawn and for canine lovers who remember 'dog' spelled backwards is 'god.'" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "If not top-drawer Koontz, darned close to it, magnetically readable, and incorporating an eloquent plea for discarded and mistreated dogs everywhere."
"Review" by , "Mr. Koontz routinely churns out epic tales of good versus evil, but he strains hard this time to place a pet at the center of his moral universe."
"Synopsis" by , Koontz delivers suspense for all seasons with a transcendent thriller — a heart-gripping tour de force featuring a dedicated dog rescuer, a very special golden retriever she saves, and the murderous adversaries they must face together.
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