From Publishers Weekly
Previously issued as a paperback original under the pseudonym Leigh Nichols, this is one of Koontz's better thrillers. Single parent Christine Scavello and her young son Joey find themselves confronted by a madwoman, Grace Spivey, who fancies she discerns the Antichrist in Joey's cherubic visage. Spivey is the charismatic leader of a religious cult whose fanatic members do her every bidding, including murdering the little boy, and everyone who stands in their way. After the police fail to provide adequate protection, Christine turns to private detective Charlie Harrison, whose business and home are soon firebombed by the cultists, and two of his men murdered, even as he finds that he is falling in love with Christine. The narrative moves along briskly until the last third, at which point a frantic chase sequence goes on too long. Nevertheless, this is a better than average adventure with supernatural overtones. The possibility of Joey's actually being the Antichrist is a deftly handled (and unresolved) tease.
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Praise for Dean Koontz
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“A great storyteller.”—New York Daily News
“A master storyteller, sometimes humorous, sometimes shocking, but always riveting.”—The San Diego Union-Tribune
“One of our finest and most versatile suspense writers.”—The Macon Telegraph & News
“Koontz is brilliant.”—Chicago Sun Times
“Koontz barely lets the reader come up for air between terrors.”—The Washington Post
“Koontz’s skill at edge-of-the-seat writing has improved with each book. He can scare our socks off.”—Boston Herald
“Koontz’s imagination is not only as big as the Ritz, it is also as wild as an unbroken stallion.”—Los Angeles Times
“First-class entertainment.”—The Cleveland Plain Dealer
“An exceptional novelist…top-notch.”—Lincoln Journal Star
“Koontz is an expert at creating believable characters.”—The Detroit News and Free Press
“Koontz does it so well!”—Baton Rouge Morning Advocate
“Koontz’s prose is as smooth as a knife through butter and his storytelling ability never wavers.”—Calgary Sun
“Koontz’s gift is that he makes his monsters seem ‘realer,’ and he makes the characters who fight [them] as normal as anyone you’d meet on a street.”—Orlando Sentinel