Frank Pollard is afraid to fall asleep. Every morning when he awakes, he discovers something strange--like blood on his hands--a bizarre mystery that tortures his soul. Two investigators have been hired to follow the haunted man. But only one person--a young man with Down's Syndrome--can imagine where their journeys might end. That terrible place from which no one ever returns.
In his imaginative new novel, Koontz soars beyond the limits of Midnight and his other bestsellers. The principal characters, married detectives Julie and Bobby Dakota, agree to help frightened amnesiac Frank Pollard figure out what he does when he's asleep. (Not only can Frank not remember his past, but he wakes up mornings to find mysterious bags of large-denomination bills by his bed.) In due course, Frank and the Dakotas join forces against murderer Candy Pollard and his weird sisters, who want to kill Frank--evidently the sole human in the monstrous family. Candy extends psychic feelers toward potential victims, emanations that are sensed by Julie's younger brother Thomas. A Down's syndrome child, Thomas is telepathically gifted and able to warn Bobby of the demons who threaten Julie. Horror follows horror with each crime perpetrated by Candy & Co. as they come ever closer to the Dakotas and other prey. Besides episodes of shriek-worthy suspense, the book features out-of-body flights, and data on insects and gems of impossible origins, no less unnatural than the Pollard villains, who could incite envy in Lucifer himself. Koontz should lure even more readers to his myriad following with his terrifyingly credible fantasy. Literary Guild main selection.
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1 . This Novel has it All!
Posted August 29, 2010 by New Koontz Fan , OrlandoI read "Watchers" year ago and was not impressed. However, The Bad Place has everything: characters I actually like (or fear), great action, locale descriptions, philosophy, cross-genre (action thriller, detective, mystery, paranormal, and an awesome bad guy). Well-written, entertaining, moving, fast-paced, all loose ends tied up, a great climax and conclusion. I would expect a movie out of this, and the afterword is another great story. You have to like at least some aspect of this multi-dimensional book. Koontz does a tour de force.
2 . Great!
Posted March 28, 2010 by Me ,Really enjoyed the paranormal mystery of this book. It was a little weird to start, but the suspense and curiousity kept me going. Really enjoyed it!
July 04, 2004
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