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  • Paperback: 832 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; New Ed edition (2 Aug 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747266808
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747266808
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 5.4 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 221,779 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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Horrormeister Koontz looks heavenward for inspiration in his newest suspense thriller, From the Corner of His Eye, which is chock-full of signs, portents, angels and one somewhat second-rate devil, a murky and under characterised guy named Junior Cain who throws his beloved wife off a fire tower on an Oregon mountain and spends the rest of the novel waiting for the retribution that will surely come. But not before a series of tragedies ensues that convince Junior that someone or something named Bartholomew is out to exact vengeance for that crime and the series of other murders that follow.

Bartholomew's own troubles begin with his birth, which transpires moments after his father is killed in a traffic accident as he is taking his wife to the hospital, and continue with the loss of his eyes at the tender age of three. Young Bartholomew has visionary gifts, though to his mother, a nice lady who's renowned for her pie-making abilities as well as her sweetly innocent nature, he's just a particularly smart kid who can read and write before his second birthday. Eventually, Bartholomew regains his sight, Junior Cain gets his comeuppance and fate conspires to bring love into the Pie Lady's life, reward the faithful and put a happy ending on this genre-bending tale. Koontz will no doubt rocket right to the top of the bestseller list with this inventive, if somewhat slower-paced, read. --Jane Adams,


'A mammoth new thriller' Mirror

'Keep[s] you turning pages well into the night' Belfast Telegraph

'A breathtaking thriller pumping with suspense' Western Mail

'Powerful emotion tinged with spiritual wonder. That emotion, which rocks the characters and will shake readers, marks this as one of Koontz's most effective novels - and he's written a lot of them' Publishers Weekly

'This is not merely a novel of suspense; it is also a story of belief and reflection, of choices and thebeauty that can blossom from doing what is right, rather than what is easy. While dazzling the reader with magnificent turns of phrase that will evoke simultaneous admiration and envy, [Koontz] alternates the mood between tenderness and suspense. A novel that is absolutely perfect from opening word to closing sentence'

'Koontz tries to create serious literature, and he largely succeeds in FROM THE CORNER OF HIS EYE' USA Today

'Uplifting and optimistic. There's nothing this book, though a complex philosophical thesis is at its heart. A knuckle-biter from start to finish' Toronto Star

'FROM THE CORNER OF HIS EYE may be Koontz's crowning achievement in a lengthy career already filled with triumphs. In this first-rate thriller, non-stop action keeps one turning the pages in spite of the book's length' Minneapolis Star Tribune

'Readers in search of a pull-out-the-stops, multigenre thriller need look no further than FROM THE CORNER OF HIS EYE' Denver Post

'A fascinating theme...peopled with interesting characters, a fast-paced plot, and some imaginative theories about the nature of science and faith. Koontz has written another winner' Toronto Sun

'He succeeds in creating and fleshing out a cast of remarkable and unique characters. Koontz builds mansions of place and time. FROM THE CORNER OF HIS EYE is a suspenseful, entertaining and thought-provoking novel, examining the depth of the human spirit, our capacity for good and evil...and the consequences of even the simplest deed' Harrisburg Patriot-News

'An ambitious exploration of the intricacies of human relationships' Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

'Highly entertaining' Chicago Tribune

'Koontz connects these [characters'] stories with his usual ingenuity. He has always had near-Dickensian powers of description, and an ability to yank us from one page to the next that few novelists can match' Los Angeles Times

'Though over 600 pages, the book never seems long. The characters are vivid and emotionally exciting, creating a fast and compelling read. Highly recommended' Library Journal

'A psychologically complex suspenser' New York Daily News

'Fans of Dean Koontz are in for another thrilling treat. Once again we [are] mesmerized by his gift for...colorful prose' Oakland Press

'Koontz is famous for the way he falls in love with his characters. They're so richly and compellingly drawn, you can practically hear them breathing from the page. FROM THE CORNER OF HIS EYE is chuckfull of hope an wonderment, good and evil, familial adoration, and characters you'll wish lived next door. You'll never want to leave the worlds Koontz draws you into. Settle in for one remarkable read of awesome possibilities' Lexington Herald-Ledger

'Full of more surprises than the average Koontz offering - and that is saying much. His opening is like a man announcing he will juggle bowling balls while frying eggs and piloting an air balloon. Preposterous - but Koontz proceeds to do it, and much more. Koontz does not bore' San Diego Union Tribune

'Exceptional writing and storytelling. Year after year, Koontz provides fresh ideas' San Antonio Express News

'A heart-pounding tale of Biblical proportions. [Koontz] proves once again that he still has the power to scare the daylights out of us' Ottawa Citizen

'Very appealing characters... For some time now, Koontz has been quite ambitious with the themes of his thrillers. FROM THE CORNER OF HIS EYE is the most ambitious yet. Here joy is definitely in the journey' Flint Journal

'A wonderful read. The pacing is perfect, keeping the reader in exquisite tension. This is a deeply satisfying, rich novel. You may have nightmares about [the villain] but you'll love the other characters. Singularly and collectively, they are unforgettable. FROM THE CORNER OF HIS EYE is magic' New Orleans Times Picayune

'Delightful...fascinating and terrifying' Detroit News and Free Press

'Dean Koontz almost occupies a genre of his own. He is a master at building suspense and holding the reader spellbound' Richmond Times-Dispatch

'Vintage novel writing... The reader waits intensely for the final showdown' Calgary Sun

'Dean Koontz is not an author to be taken for granted. Each of his books stands alone; they do not fit a pattern. FROM THE CORNER OF HIS EYE is full of well-developed characters which is a trademark of Koontz's. Highly diverse characters...marvelous people' Fort Meyers Beach Observer

'Probably the most creative and most far-reaching book he has ever written. Riveting...well-written. This book says a great deal about why Koontz is on top of his field - he's very good' Deseret News

'An explosion of emotion and wonder. The tale is spun so masterfully that it is as gripping a novel as you'll find, and as thought-provoking' Baton Rouge Sunday Advocate

'In his latest novel, Dean Koontz has achieved a literary miracle. A tapestry of intrigue and suspense...stunning physical description, unique turns of phrase... FROM THE CORNER OF HIS EYE will make readers stop, think, and ultimately appreciate "the many ways things are"' Fort Worth Star-Telegram

'A fascinating piece of work...stuffed to the gunwales with colorful characters and plot twists. It's virtually a Charles Dickens epic for the 21st century' Locus

From The Corner Of His Eye was no.7 in the Sunday Times and Observer bestseller lists

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Nov 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is an interesting melange of genres. It is at once mystical, suspenseful, horror filled, part sci-fi, and tinged with the supernatural. Add to this a little boy with beautiful eyes, who is a child prodigy, gifted beyond his years, and capable of entering parallel universes or realities; a child who can literally walk in the rain without getting wet. Add yet another unusually gifted child prodigy named "Angel" who was conceived out of a violent rape. Mix in the rapist, who is also a socio-pathic killer, a priest turned cop who is aware of the existence of parallel or alternate realities, because he has the ability to send inanimate objects there, and stir in a woman whose goodness is almost legendary. What do you have? You have a best seller on your hands!
The book is a very quick, easy read. You won't want to put it down. The only real criticism is the fact that about twenty five years are crammed into the last dozen pages. It is as if the author had a limit on how long the book could be and had to have it end before it exceeded the limit. Having taken about six hundred pages to get to a certain stage, it was a little jarring to go at warp speed for the last dozen pages. Still, all in all, it is a good read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. Philippou on 28 Mar 2007
Format: Paperback
Very rarely does a book make me cry due its power and emotion, but From The Corner Of His Eye succeeded in making me do so, on more than one occassion throughout the story. It was one of those books that once I'd finished it, made me feel a bit empty inside because whilst reading it, it gave me so much and occupied so much of time emotionally. A woman's despair at losing her husband to death just before the birth of their son, her devotion to her brothers who in the outside world are considered strange and somewhat intimidating and most prominently, her love for her outstandingly talented and special son all serve to make this book an amazing rollercoaster of a journey. For me the biggest strength that Koontz gives to this book are the characters; I have never felt so involved and drawn to figures in a book before! Please read this book - you won't regret it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ms. S. Lomas on 27 Feb 2006
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I have read all of Dean Koontzs books, and I enjoy his writing style, although his biggest flaw in most of his books are that the characters normally are very similar, especially the heros they could almost be the same character. For this very reason I think Dean Koontz is either an author you love or hate.
From the corner of his eye is without doubt an exception to his very formulaic style of writing, it has to be the first book that has actually had me crying and laughing with the characters and caring whole heartedly what happened to them. At one stage I was so shocked by what happened I had to reread a few pages to make sure I hadn't misread, this wasn't down to poor writing but indeed the complete opposite the fact that the twist was so suprising and so unexpected.
If you're a new reader to Dean Koontz you really couldn't expect a better book as a good introduction to his work, if your an old reader of his books and grown a little disilluioned with some stories that have been very similar this is a must read, as it will relight your passion for his books, I know it definately did for me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Dec 2000
Format: Hardcover
Again Koontz has written a brilliant book, I was completely surprised by this book, reading the summary does it no justice and you won't be able to gain any major insight into the story by reading just the summary. Read it through and you will be surprised, it's packed with emotion that I have not encountered since Lightning. Koontz readers will encounter a character from one of his other books, which I don't think he has done before, but the character gives the story an extra dimension and is the perfect way to bring the new characters in . Although fantastic it does start off rather slow, and finishes very fast but it doesn't hinder the exceptional story. Be prepared to be surprised !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Graceann Macleod on 6 Feb 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Dean Koontz is clearly undergoing, or revealing, his own faith in some of his writing. I'm not complaining, because this is adding a layer that I love - one where doubt, surprise, suspense and revelation all take their turn.

At the first page, we are introduced to characters who are immediately embraceable, but Koontz can be cruel to his readers. No sooner did I fall in love with some folks than I lost them to the villain or to the vagaries of life in a Koontz plot. As annoying as I might find this with a lesser writer, with Mr. Koontz, I accepted the challenge and understood the need. The book is plotted in such a way that, just when I thought I couldn't stand another page of the awful behavior of the bad guy, the story moved to the good folks who populate the novel in much greater numbers. Agnes, Maria, Barty, Angel, Celestina, Wally - these are interesting, fun people, and I loved knowing them.

Sometimes when I'm reading a long novel, I think "come on now, let's get on with it." At the end of 730 pages, I was disappointed that FROM THE CORNER OF HIS EYE was over so soon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Darren Bourne on 7 Dec 2000
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Dean in his 39th novel has given us a book that once read will never be forgotten. He has created his most memorable characters yet and some of the most heart rending moments I have ever read. Fans of Dean may think they know him but be warned don't get too attached to any of the characters not all of them will be there at the end of the ride. Even after finishing the book it is difficult to summarise so I'm not even going to try whatever I say will not give it enough justice. I have been a big fan of Dean's for many years bit I have never enjoyed any of his books as much as this one. I know a lot fans have been waiting for the 3rd installment of the moonlight bay trilogy (which incidentally is still a cuople of books away) but as long as he writes books like this then I can wait as long as it takes. Congratulations Mr Koontz on your finest work yet you have an incredible talent and long may you share it with us all. Order you copy now and get one for a friend too.
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