I am a librarian who usually reads older "literary fiction". I read this book on the recommendation of a friend and discovered in one swoop one of the finest authors I have ever read! Such wonderful writing and so entertaining too. I am hooked. I will read the rest of his back catalogue immediately! Certainly, this book; with its rich characterisations and deft plotting has to be a whole lot more literary than what supposedly is. Read it, buy it, love it! Thank you Mr Koontz.