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What the Night Knows (with bonus novella Darkness Under the Sun): A Novel [Paperback]

Dean Koontz
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Oct. 18 2011

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

In the late summer of a long-ago year, Alton Turner Blackwood 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, re-creating in detail Blackwood’s crimes. Homicide detective John Calvino is certain that his own family—his wife and three children—will be targets, 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.

Includes the bonus novella Darkness Under the Sun!


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“Compelling, terrifying and fresh . . . true terror in print.”—Associated Press
 
“Deliberate, highly supernatural . . . one of Koontz's weightiest performances.”—Booklist (starred review)
 
“You’ll find yourself genuinely unnerved. . . . On a dark winter’s night, what more do you need?”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
 
“Satisfyingly spooky and unrelentingly foreboding.”—USA Today

About the Author

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


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2.0 out of 5 stars IT KNOWS THIS BOOK IS BAD... March 11 2012
By Lawyeraau TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Don't get me wrong. I am a fan of the author, but the last two books that I have read by him, this one included, have been deeply flawed. This one has an intriguing premise but fails in its execution. Hampered by ponderous, turgid prose, dialogue that is laughable, at times, characters that are not well developed, and a plot that never really makes the grade, and....well, you get the picture.

Twenty years ago, a sadistic, serial killer named Alton turner Blackwood went on a killing spree and managed to wipe out nearly four families, before being stopped by a fourteen year old boy of one of those same families. That boy, John Calvino, is now a homicide detective.

When a similar killing spree begins again in John Calvino's neck of the woods, he is certain that the similarities are not a coincidence and that the killer is back, even though he himself slew him twenty years ago. He is also convinced that his family is also a target. This is his story.

After reading this book, I am beginning to believe that the author himself was taken over by a demonic spirit, one that has not a clue about writing. All I can say is that, if you are a die hard fan of the author, borrow this book from the library, as I did. You will not regret the decision to do so, as the book is not worth buying. As you begin reading it and find yourself reluctantly plodding through the book, you will be thankful that it is a library book. It is that bad.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Lost Me, the Reader Feb. 24 2014
Format:Paperback
I love Dean Koontz novels. However this particular novel flew away from me. I tried so many times to pick it up again and again and just read it. At some point I'm going to get hooked, somewhere, somehow. No nothing. It bored me so very much. Not every novel is for everybody. In my opinion this one was not his best work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic novel!!! June 2 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is Mr. Koontz's finest novel. From the first page you cannot put it down and I read the book in one day. Please continue to write this kind of story again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what you’d expect from a Koontz novel May 15 2013
Format:Paperback
John Calvino--homicide detective sneaking around on a fresh case that isn't his. Entering a full security prison to talk to Billy, a 14-15 year old kid who just murdered his family and called the cops-meeting them naked on his front porch. Using phrases exactly like the long dead deformed spoon fingered freak Alton Turner Blackwood used years ago--when HE savagely and brutally killed every single one of John's family members, including his two young, beautiful preteen/teen sisters. Don't forget to visit [...]

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of His Better Books March 13 2011
Format:Hardcover
My favourite by this author is The Watchers. It's a good, clean, suspense novel with characters you can like, a great plot, and of course, a dog to love. What the Night Knows is one of Dean Koontz's best so far. Like The Watchers it is an imaginative story well written and has characters you get attached to including a courageous canine. An irresistable read if you enjoy this genre. Recommend this book.
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