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Dean Koontz: At His Best!
on 15 July 2015
I consider Dean Koontz to be a true wordsmith. His powers of description are amazing, and he creates flawless imagery surrounding the worlds and characters he is writing about. He has written some wonderful novels. Unfortunately, he has also written some stinkers.
After struggling with The Darkest Evening of the Year, and then following up with Breathless, I had to seriously consider whether I would ever read Koontz again. His stock characters, plots, and an abundance of dogs (and I love dogs), began to sorely test my interest in his writing.
So, having said all of this, why did I decide to pick up 77 Shadow Street? Answer: I don't honestly know. But I am damn pleased I did.
There are still a few D.K. staples, but these are easily forgiven because of the work he has produced here. The Pendleton is a building with a spotty past (and that's being kind). It has been a building of nightmares and, for the current inhabitants, this is about to be true once again. With an abundance of interesting and quirky characters, and a complex plot that crosses boundaries, weaving between horror and sci-fi, this is Dean Koontz at his best. To sum up: There is no doubting D.K. has had his off days, but when he is on - he nails it! And he nailed it this time.