By Dean Koontz
Hailed as “America’s most well liked suspense novelist” (Rolling Stone) Dean Koontz has entered a wealthy new section of his writing profession that's yielding his such a lot resourceful, significant, and well known 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 thousands of lovers across the world, reworking the best fears and hopes of our time into masterworks of miraculous originality and emotional resonance.
Now, with the beautiful 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 experience and suspense, secret and revelation, instructed with humor, middle, and excessive artwork.
One Door clear of Heaven
In a dusty trailer park at the a ways fringe of the California dream, Michelina Bellsong contemplates the alternatives she has made. At twenty-eight, she desires to switch the path of her afflicted lifestyles yet can’t locate her way—until a brand new relatives settles into the condominium trailer round the corner and he or she meets the younger lady who will lead her on a amazing quest that might swap Micky herself and every thing she knows—or thinks she knows—forever.
Despite 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 woman dares now not express.
Leilani’s mom is little greater than a toddler herself. And the girl’s stepfather, Preston Maddoc, is informed yet threatening. He has moved the family members from position to put as he fanatically investigates flying saucers sightings, striving to make touch, claiming to have had a imaginative and prescient that through Leilani’s 10th birthday extraterrestrial beings will both heal her or take her away to a greater existence on their world.
Slowly, ever extra troubling info emerge in Leilani’s conversations with Micky. so much 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 impending. Micky is confident the woman should be lifeless by way of that day. whereas the child-protection forms supplies Micky the runaround, the Maddoc kinfolk 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 dwelling for whatever higher than herself.
She unearths herself pitted opposed to an adversary, Preston Maddoc, as fearsome as he's crafty. the fervour and disrespect for probability with which Micky pursues her quest convey to her facet a burned-out detective who joins her on a trip of brilliant peril and startling discoveries, a trip via negative darkness to unforeseen gentle.
One Door clear of Heaven is an incandescent mixture of suspense and humor, worry and beauty, a narrative of redemption and undying knowledge that would have readers cheering. full of tragedy and pleasure, with terror and desire, it solidifies Dean Koontz’s acceptance as one of many most advantageous storytellers of our time. this can be Dean Koontz at his very best—and it doesn’t get any greater than that.
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Cain believed, were created by the Almighty to be separate, and that was what made miscegenation such a crime against nature. Cain had grown up not so much believing in slavery, as he did accepting its existence, as one would accept the sun’s rising in the east or women giving birth to babies or a dog chasing a rabbit. ” He didn’t believe, as the hypocritical abolitionists put it, in amalgamation, the mixing of the races, which he considered an abomination of that natural order God had intended.
In the evening while sitting chained to a tree, they might look out at him from behind the silent mask of black skin. He sometimes wondered what it was they were thinking—was it the fantasy of getting their hands on him while he slept, killing the buckra, the term they used among themselves for a white devil? He could remember Darius, his father’s slave who, when he was being ﬂogged, would cry out, as slaves often did during their punishment, “Do, massa. ” It was almost as if he welcomed the pain, accepted it, brought it deep into his dark and inscrutable soul, cradled it there like some precious thing, which, of course, it was.
Now and then they had a treat of venison or wild turkey roasted over a spit on the ﬁre, but mostly it was the monotonous diet of soldiers, corn pone and dried ﬁsh, salt pork and jerked beef. Save for the growing tension between Cain and Preacher, the journey north had been fairly uneventful. Each evening around the ﬁre, Strofe would get out his maps and he and Cain would look them over, deciding on the best route. For the most part they steered clear of the cities and only ventured into a town when it was absolutely necessary.
One Door Away from Heaven by Dean Koontz