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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reissue edition (July 6, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425195481
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425195482
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 1.2 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (224 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

A psychic child warns of danger as a murderous family stalks its amnesiac brother and the married detective team the brother has hired to help him. "Koontz should lure even more readers to his myriad following with his terrifyingly credible fantasy," predicted PW.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

Pencil in two more best sellers for Koontz, author of Strangers ( LJ 4/15/86), Watchers ( LJ 3/1/87), and Lightning ( LJ 1/88). Originally written under the pseudonym "Leigh Nichols" and published as a Pocket Books paperback in 1979, The Key to Midnight (#8 on the 11/1/89 LJ Prepub Best Sellers List) tells the story of expatriate songstress Joanna Rand, owner of a trendy Japanese night club in Kyoto. When vacationing private eye Alex Hunter recognizes Joanna as the victim of an unsolved ten-year-old kidnapping case, the tale takes an eerie turn into the all-too-real science of mind control and psychological conditioning. In Koontz's latest offering, The Bad Place (#20 on the 11/1/89 LJ Prepub Best Sellers List; Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 9/1/89), amiable Frank Pollard hires a husband-and-wife detective team to watch over him while he sleeps. Every time poor Frank nods off, he awakens covered with blood and in possession of some decidedly weird objects. Soon, our detectives discover that Frank is teleporting in his sleep, endlessly pursued by a grotesque genetic freak which threatens to destroy them all. This masterful rendition marks Koontz's full maturation--and the point at which he displaces Stephen King as America's premier weaver of horror yarns. Public libraries should expect big demand for both novels.
- Mark Annichiarico, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More 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.

Customer Reviews

This book keeps you glued to it until the very end!
Ronald Hawthorne
The plot is confusing and the characters simply too bizarre to bear.
Daniel P. Ray
If a Koontz book like this can't scare you- nothing will!!
Theresa W

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By M. I. on July 19, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Frank Pollard is completely terrified and perplexed upon waking in the middle of an alleyway. He has no idea why he is there or who he is. He remembers his name, but hasnt a clue as to how old he is, where he lives, what he does for work...all he knows is that something or someone is after him for reasons he cant guess...he has to run or die - there is no other choice. While on the run, hopping from one motel to the next, Franks fears begin to escalate as upon waking he is met with one new shock after another. One morning he wakes covered in blood, another morning he is fully clothed and covered in sand after having crawled into bed clean and in his pajamas - and he has absolutely no memory of what events took place. Frank needs help, but because he cant remember who he is, he has no idea who his friends are; whom can he trust? Thats where Bobby and Julie Dakota come in. Frank hires the team of Private Investigators to watch him, follow his every move, monitor him as he sleeps...only NO ONE expected what is ultimately revealed.
The Bad Place was a good, entertaining read. It wasnt a favorite of mine, but still worth it. I am finding that any Koontz book is pretty much a safe bet. The man can write. His characters are so well drawn and his mind comes up with wild and unpredictable turns. I just love his mind. If you have never read Koontz before, I highly recommmend him.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Theresa W on December 29, 2003
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If a Koontz book like this can't scare you- nothing will!! One of his best in my opinion, The Bad Place is about true evil. Beware if you are reading this before you go to bed. But don't worry- when you finish, there are many other Koontz books to satisfy your appetite! You'll be hooked.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 15, 1999
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There are so many positive things to say about "The Bad Place". It was thoroughly absorbing and suspenseful from beginning to end, never failing to entertain. As usual, Dean Koontz writes about the horrific and bizarre with an eloquent flair. I was really taken in by the character of Bobby. Everybody KNOWS a Bobby...and loves them! Some of the dialogue between Bobby and his wife was hilarious. (I can't remember ever laughing out loud while reading a Koontz novel until now) There is only one reason I didn't give "The Bad Place" a 5 star rating; I got the feeling that the last quarter of the story was rushed and possibly not as well thought out as the rest of the book. Even so, it was a great read and I highly recommend it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By B. Smetzer on February 7, 2005
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I just finished reading The Bad Place and it was a good book. At first I did not think I was going to be able to get into it. Not that it was low to start, on the contrary it started with a bang. Just for one reason or another I didn't feel it. Well as the story went on the story continued to get better and I ended up really liking it. There was just something there that I can't explain that kept me from rating the book as great.

The charcters are very good. The only one I didn't greatly care for was Mrs. Dakoda. Dean seemed to be trying to make her a little to tough. This is a very, very small flaw though and another reader my not feel that way at all. The villians were very Unique and well thought out. I have never encountered anything quite like them anywhere else.

If you like Koontz and are a fan of this type of story, then I would recommend this book, but there are better Koontz books out there.
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Frank Pollard wakes up in an alley, not knowing where he was or how he had gotten there with the phrase "Fireflies in a windstorm..." flying through his mind. He does not know what the phrase means, but he knows that he has to get out of there and fast before he gets killed. Hiding out in a motel, Frank wakes up and again finds he does not remember what has happened, even though his hands are covered in blood. It only takes a few days of waking up in different motels and finding strange objects in his hand and pockets for Frank to start being very afraid of going to sleep.

So he turns to the husband and wife detective team of Bobby and Julie Dakota to watch over him. The Dakotas usually do corporate security investigations, but Frank is so desperate they cannot turn him down. Besides, they are rather curious as to what is really going on with Frank's blackouts and following a client who wants to be watched should be easy. But when Frank goes to sleep the Dakotas learn that where the goes is beyond belief and they first glimpse the forbidding figure that is following Frank. Now all of their lives are at risk on what proves to be the final case for Dakota & Dakota.

"The Bad Place" is what Thomas, Julie's brother, calls death. Thomas has Down's-syndrome and he is at risk in what is happening as well as the Dakotas learn that there are bad places in the real world. Once again Koontz provides a solid hook for getting you involved in the story and how much you like this novel will come down to what you think about the answers to the big questions. Certainly you will not see them coming, which is a good thing because predictability is what dooms most horror stories, which first and foremost "The Bad Place" happens to be.
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