By Dean Koontz
Hailed as 'America's preferred suspense novelist' (Rolling Stone) Dean Koontz has entered a wealthy new section of his writing occupation that's yielding his such a lot innovative, 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 hundreds of thousands of fanatics internationally, remodeling the best fears and hopes of our time into masterworks of striking 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, advised with humor, center, and excessive artwork. One Door clear of HeavenIn 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 swap the course of her stricken lifestyles yet can't locate her way'until a brand new relatives settles into the condo trailer round the corner and she or he meets the younger woman who will lead her on a striking quest that might swap Micky herself and every 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, in spite of the fact that, Micky involves feel 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 ship sightings, striving to make touch, claiming to have had a imaginative and prescient that via 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. 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 lady can be useless via that day. whereas the child-protection forms supplies Micky the runaround, the Maddoc relatives 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 unearths herself pitted opposed to an adversary, Preston Maddoc, as fearsome as he's crafty. the eagerness and disrespect for possibility with which Micky pursues her quest convey to her part a burned-out detective who joins her on a trip of superb 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 might have readers cheering. jam-packed with tragedy and pleasure, with terror and wish, it solidifies Dean Koontz's attractiveness as one of many most excellent storytellers of our time. this is often Dean Koontz at his very best'and it doesn't get any larger than that.From the Hardcover edition.
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