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Koontz, Dean R. (Dean Ray), 1945-
Berkley edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Berkley Books, 1989.
Physical Description:
470 pages ; 18 cm
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 8.1 29.0 65354.
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In picturesque Moonlight Cove, California, inexplicable deaths occur and spine-tingling terror descends to this "edge of paradise." Growing numbers of residents harbor a secret so dark it is sure to cost even more lives.Tessa Lockland comes to town to probe her sister's seemingly unprompted suicide. Independent and clever, she meets up with Sam Booker, an undercover FBI agent sent to Moonlight Cove to discover the truth behind the mysterious deaths. They meet Harry Talbot, a wheelchair-bound veteran, who has seen things from his window that he was not meant to see. Together they begin to understand the depth of evil in Moonlight Cove. Chrissie Foster, a resourceful eleven-year-old, running from her parents who have suddenly changed and in whom darkness dwells, joins them. Together they make a stand against darkness and terror.

Author Notes

Dean Koontz was born on July 9, 1945 in Everett, Pennsylvania. He received a degree in education from Shippensburg State College in 1967. A former high school English teacher as well as a teacher-counselor with the Appalachian Poverty Program, he began writing as a child to escape an ugly home life caused by his alcoholic father. A prolific writer at a young age, he had sold a dozen novels by the age of 25. Early in his career, he wrote under numerous pen names including David Axton, Brian Coffey, K. R. Dwyer, Leigh Nichols, Richard Paige, and Owen West. He is best known for the books written under his own name, many of which are bestsellers, including Midnight, Cold Fire, The Bad Place, Hideaway, The Husband, Odd Hours, 77 Shadow Street, Innocence, The City, Saint Odd, and The Silent Corner.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

The latest tersely titled thriller by Koontz ( Strangers ; Lightning , etc.) displays the author's abilities at full throttle. A horror story with science fiction underpinnings, it concerns a brilliant, insane inventor, Theodore Shaddack, who uses the sleepy California town of Moonlight Cove as an outsize lab for a bizarre experiment that ultimately turns the community into a charnel house. He has devised a solution of microchips which, when injected into the (usually unwilling) subject, endows them with immense mental powers over their own bodies, leaving them, however, emotionally lobotomized. As a result, almost all the ``New People'' regress to animal form, to experience again primal sensationsand in animal form, they kill. The story is told from the points of view of four people who perceive that something horrible is happening in Moonlight Cove, and that if they do not act fast, it will happen to them. It is also related from the point of view of Sheriff Loman Watkins, himself a ``New Person,'' but who retains enough moral sense to be disturbed by what is happening around him and in him. Despite some paper-thin characterizations and a predilection for the maudlin, Koontz's sense of pace and the dramatic are sure, and there are a number of memorable moments. This one should hit the bestseller list at a run. 200,000 first printing, $150,000 ad/promo; Literary Guild selection. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Janice Capshaw, running alone on the beach late at night in the quiet town of Moonlight Cove, is stalked and brutally killed by blood-hungry creatures. Her sister Tessa comes to investigate the reported "suicide" and barely escapes from her motel when murderous hunters come to slaughter the guests. Taking refuge in a brightly lit launderette, she encounters Sam Hooker, an FBI agent investigating the mysterious deaths of a group of labor organizers. He has just uncovered a plot to transform all of the residents of Moonlight Cove into "new" people before midnight the next day. Together with 11-year-old Chrissie Foster and Harry Talbot, a wheelchair-bound veteran, they set out to stop the out-of-control genetic experiment set in place by Thomas Shadduck, the amoral owner of a high-tech firm. Despite his cheerful tones that do little justice to the dark atmosphere of the book, J. Charles gives a satisfactory reading. This is one of Koontz's best horror tales; with plenty of scares, a suspense-filled plot, and appealing characters, it is recommended for fiction collections. Janet Martin, FirstHealth of the Carolinas, Pinehurst, NC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.