THE DARKEST EVENING OF THE YEAR
The purity and goodness of dogs versus the twisted inhumanity of some humans is the focal point of Koontz's emotionally charged, haunting new thriller. His ability to blend and bend genres is put to great use in a book that's both terrifying and hope inducing. The fast-paced story tracks the actions and motives of both heroes and villains, leading to an inevitable climax. This classic Koontz tale resonates long after the last page.
The great joy Nickie brings Amy is tempered by the realization that someone with a decidedly evil intent is stalking them. The "who and for what purpose" pulls Amy, Nickie and Brian into a dark mystery and mortal danger. Nothing will ever be the same! (BANTAM, Dec., 354 pp., $27.00)