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  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; New Ed edition (2 Nov. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747244499
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747244493
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 4.7 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 508,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was born and raised in Pennsylvania where I graduated from Shippensburg State College (now Shippensburg University). When I was a senior in college, I won an Atlantic Monthly fiction competition and have been writing ever since. My first job after graduation was with the Appalachian Poverty Program, where I was expected to counsel and tutor underprivileged children on a one-to-one basis. During my first day on the job, I discovered that the previous occupier of my position had been beaten up by the very kids he had been trying to help and had landed in the hospital for several weeks. The following year was filled with challenge but also tension, and I was more highly motivated than ever to build a career as a writer. I wrote nights and weekends, which I continued to do after leaving the poverty program and going to work as an English teacher in a suburban school district outside Harrisburg. After a year and a half in that position, my wife, Gerda, made me an offer I couldn't refuse: "I'll support you for five years," she said, "and if you can't make it as a writer in that time, you'll never make it." By the end of those five years, Gerda had quit her job to run the business end of my writing career. Gerda and I live in southern California with their dog Anna, and the enduring spirit of their dog Trixie in southern California.

Dean Koontz is an international household name whose hugely entertaining parables for our times have been bestsellers in many countries, selling seventeen million copies each year.

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"As usual, Koontz's writing is flawless....Dark Rivers of the Heart is exciting, entertaining, and thoughtful."--"Denver Post""A believable high-tech thriller."--"The New York Times""A humdinger of a chase novel...Dark Rivers of the Heart deserves to go to no.1 on the bestseller list."--"Entertainment Weekly""A fresh surprise on virtually every page...and a pyrotechnic denouement full of marvelous mayhem."--"Washington Post""Viscerally exciting...An extended, tense tour de force...An expertly crafted, ornate suspenser...Koontz fans will love it."--"Publishers Weekly", starred review

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A story of unrelenting suspense that delivers a high-charged kick


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Dec. 2005
Format: Paperback
This was the first book that I ever read by this author. Since then I have read nearly all his work.
This is a huge story with lots of characters and strangely, I can remember all of them. Even the "walk on" characters of the bad guys' victims.
It has high tech gadgets, conspiracy, a psycho, a beautiful woman in distress, the hero to help her, and of course the faithful dog that nearly always appears in Koontz's books.
A book you will never forget.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By marky77 VINE VOICE on 5 April 2009
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I enjoyed this book by Koontz, but only gave it 3 stars as, while very exciting and suspenceful in places, I found its length made it feel tedious in places and I was quite sick of the story by the end. Also, while I loved the hero's of the book (Spencer, Valerie and of course Rocky), I didnt think the villians were up to the usual Koontz standard. Eve had very good potential but sadly her charcater was underdeveloped, despite the 720 page length. I also felt the character of the black policeman (I just finished the book and dont remember this name..) was totally unnecesary and seemed to be added two thirds of the way through for no reason at all.

The books starts out very good with many twists as Spencer Grant - accompanied by his dog, Rocky - go in search of a mysterious woman named Valerie Keene, who Spencer met at a bar and instantly took a great attraction to - both her looks and her personality.

A sociopath called Frank, who works for the government is after Valerie - and now Spencer - for reasons that we do not yet know.

Very good if you are new to Koontz, although could be very sameish if you have read his books before as it is very similar to several of his others.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Jun. 2006
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to look at the amount of reviews & overall scores you'd think that mr.koontz never misses,in fairness this is the case with most popular writers but too often its hype.not so with this one, the DEA do indeed have the power described in this novel.

the way the protagonists lives are ripped out from under them is chillingly believable and this helps to rack up the tension. there is fine attention to detail that far from slowing things down simply adds to the reality of the story, though its the collection of characters here that keep things on the boil, even in his weakest efforts koonts' ability to paint a believable psychopath is always top notch and that's especially true here.

If you're new to his works and have only read the last few of his works you may have been wondering what all the fuss was about,well add this beauty to your basket & wonder no more,he's at the top of his game here.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Jan. 2000
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This was my first introduction to Koontz's work and subsequently I have tried to read everything he has written. He covers all ranges of dark deeds from psychotic murderers to corruption in government and invasion of privacy taken to hideous extremes. I found myself staying up until the early hours of the morning and not wanting to go to sleep before reading until the end. When I eventually finished I felt a real sense of loss for the characters in the book as the descriptions were so vivid. A warning if ever there was one for the escalating loss of personal privacy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Sept. 1999
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This is an excellent book well grounded in today's technology and US politics. While the characters may get a bit lucky at times, the plot is just far enough this side of fantastic to keep you hooked and believing. I like the departure from the mystic/pseudo-science which is usually a feature of this genre. A definite Koontz classic - I wonder if there'll be a movie (please let it be better than "Intensity" was!)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 April 1999
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Dean Koontz's finest (in my opinion anyway). The story holds to all the usual Koontz traits, ie. someone gets into trouble with an unknown source and then falls in love with the begrudging accomplice. This one differs in that the book is even more engrosing than usual and has some amazing hi-tech gadgets included in the story. In short if you havn't read it, why??
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 May 1999
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I thought this was a highly entertaining read, on a par with other good koontz titles like "Strangers" and "Mr Murder". If you like to be kept guessing and enjoy a fast moving read or if you like koontz then this is a book for you. I especially liked the inclusion of some fascinating technology in this book, i felt koontz got it spot on!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J P Writer on 14 Jan. 2009
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Having just purchased a signed 1st edition of the book, I just thought I would add my 2pence worth...

The best thriller I had read a the time (mid 90s) and a gripping one at that, also its larger than most of his novels which gives the story and characters much more depth.

Would be perfect as a Blockbuster movie adaptation.
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