The stallion reared over me, silently slashing the air with the hooves of its forelegs, a creature of such immense power that I stumbled backward even though I knew that it was as immaterial as a dream ...
The woman astride the ghostly mount is the latest spirit to enlist the aid of Odd Thomas, whose mission of mercy will lead him through realms of darkness he has never before encountered, as he probes the long-held secrets of a sinister estate and the reclusive billionaire and his faithful servants who inhabit it.
Like his acclaimed creator, the irresistible Odd Thomas is in top-notch form as he takes on what may well be the most terrifying challenge yet in his curious career.
"[Odd Thomas] is Koontz's most likeable creation ... candid, upright, amusing and sometimes withering." – The New York Times
Dean Koontz is a prolific American author best known for his suspense thrillers, which frequently incorporate elements of horror, science fiction, mystery and satire. Rolling Stone hailed him as “America’s most popular suspense novelist.”
Published in 38 languages, 12 of Dean’s novels – including The Husband, Odd Hours, Relentless and What The Night Knows (2010), have risen to number one on The New York Times hardback bestseller list.
The New York Times called his writing “psychologically complex, masterly and satisfying.”
Dean’s first job 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. This made Dean even more motivated to build a career as a writer. A few years later, 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 help manage Dean’s writing career.
Early in his career, Dean wrote under an array of pen names, such as David Axton, Gerda Ann Cerra and Brian Coffey.
Interesting author fact:
Dean is an avid dog lover. Canines (typically an unusually smart Golden or Labrador Retriever) often feature prominently in his books.
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