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The Moonlit Mind: A Tale of Suspense (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Dean Koontz
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In this chilling original stand-alone novella, available exclusively as an eBook, #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz offers a taste of what’s to come in his new novel, 77 Shadow Street, with a mesmerizing tale of a homeless boy at large in a city fraught with threats . . . both human and otherwise.

Twelve-year-old Crispin has lived on the streets since he was nine—with only his wits and his daring to sustain him, and only his silent dog, Harley, to call his friend. He is always on the move, never lingering in any one place long enough to risk being discovered. Still, there are certain places he returns to. In the midst of the tumultuous city, they are havens of solitude: like the hushed environs of St. Mary Salome Cemetery, a place where Crispin can feel at peace—safe, at least for a while, from the fearsome memories that plague him . . . and seep into his darkest nightmares. But not only his dreams are haunted. The city he roams with Harley has secrets and mysteries, things unexplainable and maybe unimaginable. Crispin has seen ghosts in the dead of night, and sensed dimensions beyond reason in broad daylight. Hints of things disturbing and strange nibble at the edges of his existence, even as dangers wholly natural and earthbound cast their shadows across his path. Alone, drifting, and scavenging to survive is no life for a boy. But the life Crispin has left behind, and is still running scared from, is an unspeakable alternative . . . that may yet catch up with him.

There is more to this world, and its darkest corners yet to be encountered, in this eBook’s special bonus: a spine-tingling excerpt from Dean Koontz’s forthcoming novel, 77 Shadow Street.

Editorial Reviews Review

Stories about children living on the streets are always heartbreaking, yet Dean Koontz's The Moonlit Mind is also hopeful. Crispin lives on the streets by choice, surviving with the help of a singular dog. Though they're constantly on the run from Crispin's mother and step-father, Crispin finds himself unable to leave the city until he understands everything he saw at his step-father's house. Three years after he flees, he's finally ready to return. Koontz builds the supernatural aspects of the story with a masterful touch, so that even at their crescendo, they fit naturally into the narrative. Taut pacing, a fascinating storyline, and unflinching descriptions of a life on the run combine into a powerful story about relationships: between a boy and his dog, between two children whose experiences add years of maturity to their ages, between man and time. Crispin's will to survive--and to make things right--no matter what brings hope to even the darkest parts of the narrative. --Malissa Kent


“Koontz writes first-rate suspense, scary and stylish.”—Los Angeles Times

Product Details

  • File Size: 2432 KB
  • Print Length: 102 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (November 28, 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0061C1NCK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,318 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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214 of 228 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A wild boy on the run in a city of mean streets November 28, 2011
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Three short, simply worded sentences in I found myself thinking, I can deal with murder, mayhem, and treachery but please don't kill off the dog. Whether or not Harley would make it to the end was enough suspense to keep me turning the pages. And this isn't a story about the dog.

The real suspense involves a "feral" boy of 12, Crispin, who lives in the wilds of a large city and guided by the dog is attempting to outrun his mother and stepfather and the memories that make the deviltry in "Rosemary's Baby," seem almost benign.

No kid should be exposed to what Crispin witnessed three years earlier involving his younger sister Mirabell and brother (also named) Harley. Now he's running for his life, in flight from the supernatural and living by his wits and daring.

This is the first I've read from Koontz in several years and I remember now how he manages tells a story simply and builds suspense incrementally slipping easily into a world at once as ghostly as it is real. At times you feel as if you're reading a fairy tale. "Yet life is good. Oh, it is grand. The children eat only what they like. They go to bed only when they wish. Each rises to his or her own clock."

The story accelerates as the suspense builds and Koontz delivers, as usual, an ending that is powerful, cathartic and noisy. Crispin is living in a world out of harmony with itself and his determination to uncover the nature of truth and reality is as strong as his will to survive. As for the fate of the dog? You'll need to find that out on your own.
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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I need more of this! Please bring Crispin back, Dean! December 6, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I literally could not put this juicy little story down. Like many other fans, I have been a Dean Koontz reader since way back in the day. He's evolved considerably, and I even went through a period where I couldn't finish his books because of the endless details that went nowhere, but this is such an enchanting blend of the best of his styles. He's got engaging main characters, spooky evil parent figures, nice supernatural touches, and (of course) an awesome dog. DEAN: If you are reading this, PLEASE continue this story! I read the preview for the new novel and it doesn't seem like it has anything to do with Crispin. I love this character. Can't wait to read more. BRING IT ON!
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104 of 121 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wow. What happend? November 30, 2011
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First let me start by saying I have been a Dean Koontz fan for 25 years. I was a Dean Koontz fan before he made the best seller lists and had millions of fans. I've read every book the man has ever written as well as his biographies. Stalker? No- I don't know his address- but I am and will always be a die-hard Dean Koontz fan. THAT being said, this was the first and only thing I have ever read from Koontz - to include all interviews and dialogues recorded anywhere- that was actually disappointing and not funny. Koontz, the master of suspense, horror and comedy all rolled into one- what happened????
Seriously, the book was so bad I wondered if Koontz really wrote it at all or did he just allow someone to do short story for him and he pinned his name to it? The book just doesn't make sense. Phantom avatars you put in your pocket? Really? The protagonist walking out of a burning building with the sprinklers going full blast and the he doesn't get wet- even though the other people do- AND THERE'S NO EXPLAINATION AS TO WHY? (You'll get it when you read it why this is so annoying). Koontz is always so methodical about explaining the unexplainable, about weaving a tale so wonderfully complex and amazing, and no matter how utterly insane the plot gets IT MAKES SENSE in the end. There's no "he found the keys, but he doesn't know when he learned of them (the keys) or if he ever did". THE KEYS being the ones that allow the protagonist to enter the room in an attempt to save his brother's life- yet when it was his little sister being murdered all he could do was pound on the door.

Was Koontz on medications when he wrote this? Perhaps someone kidnapped him and wrote under his name. I can only hope. Regardless of this disappointment, I am still a die-hard Dean Koontz fan.
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59 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Return to Form November 28, 2011
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Not the Koontz, I grew up with, certainly, but a mighty leap from lackluster tales like From the Corner of His Eye, False Memory and One Door Away from Heaven (all worthy novels, just not Koontz level in my mind). While it is just a short precursor, it goes a long way to getting me help me make the determination to pick up this new novel as soon as it's released.

Creepy and atmospheric, this tale is wonderful reading from a chilly winter's night. A novella truly deserving of the Koontz name.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What was the rush? December 16, 2011
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To begin with, let me say I love Dean's work. I always have.

This book was a disappointment however. I had settled in for a nice long read with a well crafted storyline about Crispin and his dog Harley venturing alone in the city under the most unusual of circumtances.

Told partly in present tense and partly in flashback, this story addressed some aspects of the background but not others. In fact, some things were left largely to the imagination of the reader and only implied. I was sure it was building to a great climax where all of my questions would be answered. Abruptly, it was over!

The ending seemed very rushed, more like homework thrown together at the last minute before it was due to be handed in. I found myself wondering what the rush was? This is not Dean's usual standard.

This story could have been developed into so much more and it's disappointing that time and effort wasn't taken to do so. Why Dean has chosen to build to a potentially great climax and then walk away from it is beyond speculation.

While the storyline was a great read, the ending left me dissatisfied and unhappy. I was glad I hadn't spent regular retail price for this in hard copy and while I will continue to buy his books, I am definitely hoping for a better result with the next book.
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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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