- Hardcover: 382 pages
- Publisher: Putnam Adult (January 16, 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399134980
- ISBN-13: 978-0399134982
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.5 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 278 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,400,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly
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.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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.
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In this tale we have Bobbie and Julie Dakotas family vs the Pollards.
The Pollards are a bit unusual and Koontz manages to tap into an area of biology that I have rarely seen in other books. But I don't want to give it away here. The Dakotas represent the struggling American family trying to pull things together for a somewhat normal life, especially for Julie's brother who also suffers from his own biological problem, Downs syndrome. The characters all become intertwined within the many layered mysteries brought on by brother Frank Pollard. Frank wakes up in an alley and doesn't understand how he got there or who he is, hmmm.
Need a good escape and a mild challenge? Pick this book up. It is unique in the concept that is so plausible and yet, could this happen?
Thanks Dean for another memorable time.
Leadie Jo Flowers
Much more than a potpourri of mixed genre, it has its own coherence and style...as Thomas might have said, it's A One Of A Kind, to be read in the Wreck Room!
Sincerely, Susan Lovell, Ph.D.