By Dean Koontz
Hailed as 'America's most well liked suspense novelist' (Rolling Stone) Dean Koontz has entered a wealthy new part of his writing profession that's yielding his so much inventive, significant, and renowned paintings yet.At the peak of his powers as a literary craftsman, he has received the acclaim of critics in addition to the allegiance of hundreds of thousands of fanatics internationally, remodeling the best fears and hopes of our time into masterworks of amazing originality and emotional resonance.Now, with the lovely intensity and virtuosity of his storytelling, he brings to readers one among his so much gripping and richly imagined novels to date'an intoxicating tale of event and suspense, secret and revelation, instructed with humor, middle, and excessive paintings. One Door clear of HeavenIn a dusty trailer park at the some distance fringe of the California dream, Michelina Bellsong contemplates the alternatives she has made. At twenty-eight, she desires to switch the path of her stricken existence yet can't locate her way'until a brand new kinfolk settles into the apartment trailer round the corner and she or he meets the younger woman who will lead her on a extraordinary quest that may switch Micky herself and every little thing she knows'or thinks she knows'forever. regardless of the brace she needs to put on on her deformed left leg, and her withered left hand, nine-year-old Leilani Klonk radiates a buoyant and indomitable spirit that conjures up Micky. underneath Leilani's effervescence, despite the fact that, Micky involves experience a quiet desperation that the lady dares no longer express.Leilani's mom is little greater than a toddler herself. And the girl's stepfather, Preston Maddoc, is proficient yet threatening. He has moved the family members from position to put as he fanatically investigates alien craft sightings, striving to make touch, claiming to have had a imaginative and prescient that by means of Leilani's 10th birthday extraterrestrial beings will both heal her or take her away to a greater lifestyles on their world.Slowly, ever extra troubling info emerge in Leilani's conversations with Micky. such a lot chilling is Micky's discovery that Leilani had an older brother, additionally disabled, who vanished after Maddoc took him into the woods one evening and is now 'gone to the stars.'Leilani's 10th birthday is forthcoming. Micky is confident the woman could be lifeless by means of that day. whereas the child-protection forms offers Micky the runaround, the Maddoc kin slips away into the evening. Micky units out throughout the United States to trace and locate them, by myself and afraid yet for the 1st time residing for whatever greater than herself.She reveals herself pitted opposed to an adversary, Preston Maddoc, as fearsome as he's crafty. the eagerness and disrespect for risk with which Micky pursues her quest carry to her aspect a burned-out detective who joins her on a trip of marvelous peril and startling discoveries, a trip via poor darkness to unforeseen gentle. One Door clear of Heaven is an incandescent mixture of suspense and humor, worry and sweetness, a narrative of redemption and undying knowledge that may have readers cheering. full of tragedy and pleasure, with terror and wish, it solidifies Dean Koontz's popularity as one of many most effective storytellers of our time. this is often Dean Koontz at his very best'and it doesn't get any higher than that.From the Hardcover edition.
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7 Carol Roberg arrived at the hospital at five in the afternoon, an hour before the beginning of her shift. The mere thought of being late to work terrified her, and, by coming so early, she could get a bargain-priced meal in the employee's cafeteria before going on duty. That was very important to Carol—a good meal at a low price. Even when she wasn't hungry, which was seldom, even in America where no one seemed ever to be hungry, she was always subtly worried about when she would eat again.
Mintz did not like the twenties. It took a certain indefinable something which he did not have. And he never worked it without a partner, someone to distract the chump while the play was being made. As for working with a partner, he didn't like that either. It cut the score right down the middle. It put an apple on your head, and handed the other guy a shotgun. Because grifters, it seemed, suffered an irresistible urge to beat their colleagues. There was little glory in whipping a fool—hell, fools were made to be whipped.
Very pleased with herself. Roy arose wearily, his legs wobbling as he made the round trip to the bathroom. He dropped back down on the bed in a heap, a little worried about himself for the first time. What could be the cause of this, anyway, this strange overpowering fatigue? Not Moira, surely; he was used to her. Not the fact that he had eaten very little during the past three days. He often had spells when he didn't feel hungry, and this had been one of them. Whatever he ate bounced back, in a brownishcolored liquid.