Synopses & Reviews
In the late summer of a long ago year, a killer arrived in a small city. His name was Alton Turner Blackwood, and in the space of a few months he brutally murdered four families. His savage spree ended only when he himself was killed by the last survivor of the last family, a fourteen-year-old boy.
Half a continent away and two decades later, someone is murdering families again, recreating in detail Blackwood’s crimes. Homicide detective John Calvino is certain that his own family—his wife and three children—will be targets in the fourth crime, just as his parents and sisters were victims on that distant night when he was fourteen and killed their slayer.
As a detective, John is a man of reason who deals in cold facts. But an extraordinary experience convinces him that sometimes death is not a one-way journey, that sometimes the dead return.
Here is ghost story like no other you have read. In the Calvinos, Dean Koontz brings to life a family that might be your own, in a war for their survival against an adversary more malevolent than any he has yet created, with their own home the battleground. Of all his acclaimed novels, none exceeds What the Night Knows in power, in chilling suspense, and in sheer mesmerizing storytelling.
"In this less than suspenseful supernatural thriller from Koontz (Breathless), 14-year-old Billy Lucas's inexplicable slaughter of his entire family awakens the fears of homicide detective John Calvino, who as a child was the sole survivor of a similar family massacre. Though Calvino slayed the fiend who did the deed, he has always worried that the killings were demonic in nature and that the evil spirit responsible would return and harm his wife and three children. Sure enough, after Calvino visits the psychiatric ward where Lucas is held, something starts to haunt every member of his close-knit clan, though improbably and conveniently they all fail to share this disturbing development with each other. The detective believes he has a deadline to thwart the force bent on repeating the earlier murders. The terror level never reaches that of similarly themed works such as the movie Fallen. Clunky prose (e.g., Andy Tane, a cop, 'is figuratively and literally a horse') doesn't help. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
Police officer Kirby Wayland is on his way home late one day when he sees a stray dog along the highway a a Belgian sheepdog with no collar a so he brings it home for the night. From that moment on, Kirby experiences a continuing strangeness about this canine. Man and dog quickly develop a bond, though there is always something very unsettling about it. Kirby, against the advice of colleagues and friends, takes a six-month leave from the police force and decides, entirely on intuition, to take a road trip. Where? Why? Kirby says, a oeI dona (TM)t know. I thinka ]I think thata (TM)s up to the dog.a On the road, Kirby and the dog a who by now has acquired the Ahab a have a series of rapidly escalating adventures and enter on a hair-raising quest that will ultimately have enormous emotional effect as the truth of the situation brings breathtaking revelations. New York Times #1 bestselling author Dean Koontza (TM) latest novel will be sure to entice and thrill his legions of fans, who already cana (TM)t wait for its release.
About the Author
Dean Koontz is the author of many #1 New York Times bestsellers. He lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever Anna, and the enduring spirit of their golden, Trixie.