The Face by Dean Koontz

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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Dean Koontz's The City.

Acknowledged as “America’s most popular suspense novelist”(Rolling Stone ) and as one of today’s most celebrated and successful writers, Dean Koontz has earned the devotion of millions of readers around the world and the praise of critics everywhere for tales of character, mystery, and adventure that strike to the core of what it means to be human. Now he delivers the page-turner of the season, an unforgettable journey to the heart of darkness and to the pinnacle of grace, at once chilling and wickedly funny, a brilliantly observed chronicle of good and evil in our time, of illusion and everlasting truth.

He’s Hollywood’s most dazzling star, whose flawless countenance inspires the worship of millions and fires the hatred of one twisted soul. His perfectly ordered existence is under siege as a series of terrifying, enigmatic “messages” breaches the exquisitely calibrated security systems of his legendary Bel Air estate.

The boxes arrive mysteriously, one by one, at Channing Manheim’s fortified compound. The threat implicit in their bizarre, disturbing contents seems to escalate with each new delivery. Manheim’s security chief, ex-cop Ethan Truman, is used to looking beneath the surface of things. But until he entered the orbit of a Hollywood icon, he had no idea just how slippery reality could be. Now this good man is all that stands in the way of an
insidious killer—and forces that eclipse the most fevered fantasies of a city where dreams and nightmares are the stuff of daily life. As a seemingly endless and ominous rain falls over southern California, Ethan will test the limits of perception and endurance in a world where the truth is as thin as celluloid and answers can be found only in the illusory intersection of shadow and light.

Enter a world of marvelous invention, enchantment, and implacable intent, populated by murderous actors and the walking dead, hit men and heroes, long-buried dreams and never-dying hope.

Here a magnificent mansion is presided over by a Scottish force of nature known as Mrs. McBee, before whom all men tremble. A mad French chef concocts feasts for the mighty and the malicious. Ming du Lac, spiritual adviser to the stars, has a direct line to the dead. An aptly named cop called Hazard will become Ethan’s ally, an anarchist will sow discord and despair, and a young boy named Fric, imprisoned by celebrity and loneliness, will hear a voice telling him of the approach of something unimaginably evil. Traversing this extraordinary landscape, Ethan will face the secrets of his own tragic past and the unmistakable premonition of his impending violent death as he races against time to solve the macabre riddles of a modern-day beast.

A riveting tour de force of suspense, mystery, and miraculous revelation, The Face is that rare novel that entertains, provokes, and uplifts at the same time. It will make you laugh. It will give you chills. It will fill you with hope.

About Dean Koontz

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Dean Koontz was born in Everett, Pennsylvania, and grew up in nearby Bedford. He won an Atlantic Monthly fiction competition when he was twenty and has been writing ever since. Mr. Koontz's books are published in 38 languages. Worldwide sales total more than 175 million copies, a figure that currently increases at a rate of more than 350 million copies a year. Dean and his wife, Gerda, live in southern California.
Published June 29, 2007 by Bantam. 674 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Horror, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction

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Book Reporter

Surrender from the start --- that's the best way to enjoy this book.

Jan 21 2011 | Read Full Review of The Face

Entertainment Weekly

''Across the fabled city rolled a low protracted rumble.'' That's comic gold on its own -- but Koontz keeps pushing: ''[Hearing the thunder,] Ethan...had envisioned a terrorist attack somewhere, women and babies murdered by the fascistic Islamic radicals who fed on wickedness and crawled the mode...

May 30 2003 | Read Full Review of The Face

Reviewing the Evidence

If there is one thing that you can always be sure to find in a Koontz novel is a colorful character and Dylan Bakers adopts him almost like a second skin.

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Reviewing the Evidence

I don¹t know if Koontz wanted the sense of fun to be so pronounced, but Mr. Baker infuses such a high sense of elation and humor into the goings on that the truly evil and stomach turning offenses committed by Corky Laputa come to be seen as mere romps in the park on a sunny day.

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Gather Books

This story had that same situation, but I found The Face good enough that the confusion throughout the story didn't irritate me too much.

Sep 27 2006 | Read Full Review of The Face

The Best Reviews

Ethan is a fine protagonist who is going to learn the hard way a basic law of novel physics that between heaven and the nether world there are endless possibilities that make a Hollywood scary movie seem less of a nightmare than the "reality" painted by this awesome author.

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