Dead and Alive

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Dead and Alive



    “Like expert plate-spinners, the authors set up a dizzying array of narrative viewpoints andcycle through them effortlessly…. The odd juxtaposition of a police procedural with a neo-gothic mad scientist plot gives this novel a wickedly unusual and intriguing feel…. Acompelling read, with an elegant cliffhanger ending.”

Publishers Weekly

    “Koontz realizes his original concept for a cable TV effort from which he withdrew. It wasTV’s loss, for, filmed utterly faithfully, Prodigal Son could be the best horror thriller and,

    hands down, would be the best Frankenstein movie, ever. This is a book that helps restorehorror’s good name.”

    Booklist (starred review)

    “This rich and complex tale is not only an ambitious project, but one of the most enjoyablemonster stories in years…. This is classic Koontz at his best.”


    “This first book in a multipart saga features fascinating characters and an intriguingpremise.”

    Library Journal

    “Koontz … examine[s] society’s present milieu under the lens of traditional western moresand in so doing has presented the public with works that are perfectly entertaining and, moreimportantly, prescient…. In [Prodigal Son] the dimensions of the universe are in collision. Weare brought to the door of chaos, anarchy, and destruction. In chilling, vivid detail, theauthor will keep the reader on the edge of his chair, as they begin the journey toward theultimate blasphemy.”

    California Literary Review


    “Relax, Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein, volume one of which, Prodigal Son, was a pulse-pounder

    all the way, is going to be a trilogy. But don’t expect to relax all that much. This bookcooks, no second-volume doldrums anywhere in it…. Smart dialogue and cutting-edge scientificnotions are the oh-so-sweet icing on this delectable thriller’s irresistible, devourablecake.”

    Booklist (starred review)


    “Perhaps more than any other author, Koontz writes fiction perfectly suited to the mood ofAmerica: novels that acknowledge the reality and tenacity of evil but also the power of good;that celebrate the common man and woman; that at their best entertain vastly as they uplift.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

    “A modern Swift … a master satirist.”

    Entertainment Weekly

    “Koontz is a superb plotter and wordsmith. He chronicles the hopes and fears of our time inbroad strokes and fine detail, using popular fiction to explore the human condition [and]demonstrating that the real horror of life is found not in monsters, but within the humanpsyche.”

    USA Today

    “Koontz has a knack for making the bizarre and uncanny seem as commonplace as a sunrise.BOTTOM LINE: the Dean of Suspense.”


    “If Stephen King is the Rolling Stones of novels, Koontz is the Beatles.”


    “[Koontz is] far more than a genre writer. Characters and the search for meaning, exquisitelycrafted, are the soul of his work. This is why his novels will be read long after the ghosts

    and monsters of most genre writers have been consigned to the attic. One of the masterstorytellers of this or any age.”

    The Tampa Tribune

    “Dean Koontz is not just a master of our darkest dreams, but also a literary juggler.”

    The Times (London)

    “Dean Koontz writes page-turners, middle-of-the-night-sneak-up-behind-you suspense thrillers.He touches our hearts and tingles our spines.”

    The Washington Post Book World

    “Dean Koontz almost occupies a genre of his own. He is a master at building suspense andholding the reader spellbound.”

    Richmond Times-Dispatch

    “Demanding much of itself, Koontz’s style bleaches out clichés while showing a genius fordetails. He leaves his competitors buried in the dust.”

    Kirkus Reviews

    “Koontz has always had near-Dickensian powers of description, and an ability to yank us fromone page to the next that few novelists can match.”

    Los Angeles Times

    “Koontz has been on a roll. And he’s been wielding his dry sense of humor like a well-placedscalpel.”

    The Denver Post

    “The master of the psychological drama.”

    —LARRY KING, USA Today

    “Koontz is one of the great suspense authors…. There’s no bestselling author of popularfiction whose sentences offer more musicality. His characters are memorable and his unique mixof suspense and humor absorbing. Great kudos to Koontz for creating, within the strictures ofpopular fiction, notable novel[s] of ideas and of moral imperatives.”

    Publishers Weekly

    “Tumbling, hallucinogenic prose. Serious writers might do well to study his technique.”

    The New York Times Book Review

    “Koontz lights up a dark galaxy.”

    Kirkus Reviews

    “Inspires both chills and serious thought.”


    “Dean Koontz virtually invented the cross-genre novel…. He is one of the premier novelists ofhis generation.”


    “Koontz [is] working at his pinnacle, providing terrific entertainment that deals seriouslywith some of the deepest themes of human existence: the nature of evil, the grip of fate andthe power of love.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

    “If there’s an element of menacing chaos in Koontz’s body of work, there’s also anothercommon thread: Good people, fighting back, can make a difference…. Koontz continues todemonstrate his considerable storytelling skills. He knows how to set hooks throughout his

novels and has a knack for foreshadowing without giving away the plot store.”

    —Associated Press

    “Koontz … gives us wonderful writing, a simple and honest good vs. evil theme and greatcharacters.”

    The Sunday Oklahoman

    “Koontz, at a time when his contemporaries choose to retread, remake and remodel past glories,is doing some of the most mature, intriguing, and innovative work of his career … echoes …past masters: memorable homages to H. P. Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury, Sherwood Anderson, TheodoreSturgeon, and others … beckons to be embraced and deserves to be studied. Koontz,astoundingly, continues to challenge his readers and himself.”


    “Koontz’s astonishing novel[s] show him making moral fable[s] out of dark fantasymaterials…. Object lesson[s] in the unfashionable virtues of fortitude, prudence, and a faithfar firmer than with-it moderns generally tolerate … loaded with dialogue the likes of whichhaven’t been rampant since the 1930s heyday of screwball comedy … richly sympathetic[characters] … emotionally powerful and thought-provoking.”

    Booklist (starred review)

    “Gifted storytelling.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

    “Koontz sets in motion a compelling combination of character and circumstance, tempered withhis special brand of dark humor.”

    Library Journal

    “While [Koontz is] scaring you to pieces, [he] manages a bit of relief with energizing humorand dialogue that astounds…. You also will find some of the finest, most original metaphorsand similes ever written by a modern-day author.”

    Tulsa World

    “Dean Koontz creates compelling, almost biblical, stories about good facing evil in the battlefor our souls.”

    Orange Coast

    “Koontz seems to know us, our deepest foibles and fears.”

    USA Today

    “Koontz is a master of melding the supernatural with the commonplace. [His] writing crackleswith dry, tongue-in- cheek wit.”

    The Boston Globe

    “Koontz really knows how to keep a story going at a blistering pace…. Reading him is anuplifting experience.”

    —Fort Wayne News Sentinel

    “One author … redefining mainstream fiction … is Dean Koontz. [He] continues to explore thelarger issues of life—friendship, faith, courage and salvation … an astounding mix ofsuspense, humor, wonder and fear.”

    South End

    “His style is a model of clarity, his prose so smooth that it goes down like apple juice …with the delayed punch of hard cider.”

    Plain Dealer—Cleveland

    “Koontz has one of the most incredible gifts for the art of language—a master of images anddescriptions. His characters are timeless and beautifully constructed. He proves you can be onthe bestseller lists and don’t have to be dead or named Hemingway to have the depth andfeeling of the classics.”

    Michigan State News

    “Koontz is a literary phenomenon.”

    Kirkus Reviews

    “Dean Koontz’s books dwell in the heavy macabre, but … point to that glow of hope that mayrise with the sun.”

    San Jose Mercury News

    “Koontz’s skill at edge-of-the-seat writing has improved with each book. He can scare yoursocks off.”

    Boston Herald

    “Powerful emotion tinged with spiritual wonder.”

    Publishers Weekly

    “Koontz tries to create serious literature. He largely succeeds.”

    USA Today

    “Classic Koontz features a distinctive narrative that verges on the wise-crackinglyfacetious…. He is also a dab hand at tying in a wacky love story … an acquired taste, but oneacquired by millions.”

    The Times (London)

    “Dean Koontz … is at the top of his field. [He] delivers all we have come to expect from him,including suspense, action, violence and general weirdness … wonderfully understated … beingraised above [his] contemporaries by excellent, deceptively detailed characterization.”

    January Magazine

    “While dazzling the reader with magnificent turns of phrase that will evoke simultaneousadmiration and envy, [Koontz] alternates the mood between tenderness and suspense.”


    “Koontz skillfully blends elements … of romance, horror, fantasy, mystery, suspense,thriller, and detective fiction…. All of Koontz’s novels are about how to live and his peopleare the main event. You can believe them. You can believe in them. The clash of good and evilwill keep readers turning pages to the end. Koontz maintains the chilling atmosphere and senseof foreboding, while including a great deal of humor. He can be wickedly satirical and funny….He has a good deal of faith—like Dickens and Chekhov—in individuals.”

    The Tampa Tribune

    “Dean Koontz is as much philosopher as mystery weaver … as much mystic as realist, as muchromantic as pragmatist … mov[ing] back and forth between mystery, love story, thesupernatural, morality tale, and suspense.”

    Asbury Park Sunday Press

    “Koontz is king of highwire suspense.”

    Denton Record-Chronicle

    “We [are] mesmerized by Koontz’s gift of words and colorful prose.”

The Oakland Press

    “Koontz is famous for the way he falls in love with his characters. They’re so richly andcompellingly drawn, you can practically hear them breathing from the page. You’ll never wantto leave the worlds Koontz draws you into. Open your mind and your heart.”

    Lexington Herald-Leader

    “Koontz builds mansions of place and time … examining the depth of the human spirit, ourcapacity for good and evil … and the consequences of even the simplest deed.”

    —Harrisburg Patriot-News

    “Exceptional writing and storytelling. Year after year, Koontz provides fresh ideas.”

    San Antonio Express-News

    “For some time now, Koontz has been quite ambitious with the themes of his thrillers … Joy isdefinitely in the journey.”

    The Flint Journal


    —New Orleans Times-Picayune

    “Vintage novel writing.”

    The Calgary Sun

    “Dean Koontz is not an author to be taken for granted. Each of his books stands alone; they donot fit a pattern…. Well-developed characters [are] a trademark of Koontz’s…. Highly diverse… marvelous people.”

    Fort Myers Beach Observer

    “Creative and far-reaching … riveting … Koontz is on top of his field.”

    Deseret Morning News

    “Dean Koontz achieve[s] a literary miracle…. A tapestry of intrigue and suspense … stunningphysical description, unique turns of phrase.”

    The Boston Globe

    “Koontz has the power to scare your socks off and the ability to fill your eyes withcompassionate tears.”

    Orange Coast

    “[Koontz] breaks new ground in the scope of [his] themes and sheer story-telling prowess….Koontz drives you crazy with suspense as he weaves a web of psychological and mysticaltension.”

    Tulsa World

    “Dean Koontz is a prose stylist whose lyricism heightens malevolence and tension. He createscharacters of unusual richness and depth. A level of perception and sensitivity that is notmerely convincing—it’s astonishing.”

    The Seattle Times

    “A master storyteller. Sometimes humorous, sometimes shocking, but always riveting. Hischaracters sparkle with life.”

    The San Diego Union-Tribune

    “Koontz raises intriguing questions about life, death, evil, and faith that are worthy of C.S. Lewis.”

The Flint Journal

    “Koontz’s prose is at times lyrical without ever being naïve or romantic. This is a grotesqueworld, much like that of Flannery O’Connor or Walker Percy. Scary, worthwhile reading.”

    —New Orleans Times-Picayune

    “Koontz’s prose is as smooth as a knife through butter, and his storytelling ability neverwavers.”

    The Calgary Sun

    “Koontz is a master at constructing vivid, eerily realistic worlds that hold readersspellbound.”


    “His prose mesmerizes…. Gut-wrenching clarity. It’s in the description of emotionalstates—from love to despair—that Koontz has consistently hit bull’s-eyes, evoking reactionsof ‘Yes, I know exactly how that feels!’”

    Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

    “Koontz fuses narrative brio with benedictions.”

    The New York Times

    “Koontz writes first-rate suspense, scary and stylish.”

    Los Angeles Times

    “Genre-bending … Koontz’s use of original metaphors and similes … give his stor[ies] adepth rarely found in such tales…. The modern master of suspense.”

    Tulsa World

    “For years Koontz has aimed at more than thrills; he is a novelist of metaphysics and moralreflection. Koontz remains one of the most fascinating of contemporary popular novelists.”

    Publishers Weekly

    “Koontz knows where we keep our bejesus and what it takes to scare it out of us…. [He] spinshis yarns effortlessly.”

    —New York Daily News

    “As scary as anything Poe ever crafted. Koontz has that rare ability to mix despair and hopein almost equal measure.”

    Mesa Tribune

    “Dean Koontz has always been a master of plot, dialogue, and description. As gifted a writeras Koontz is he’s a better storyteller. The blood of the shaman and chronicler courses throughhis veins, as he conjures up stories of decent people placed in terrible circumstances. Histheme centers on the Grand Romance with its temptations, love, and the struggle against evil.If Koontz tells us anything it is that we are accountable for the choices we make, and one wayor another, the bill’s coming due. Fast-paced and dark … Koontz knows we live in a worldwhere evil delights in justifying itself, where materialism has become an end in itself, wherethe gray, half-light of moral ambiguity supersedes moral verities, and where mankind has turnedits collective face away from God. What will become of such a society? Koontz requires us toexamine the condition of our kind and there is much to answer for…. Classic literature [that]deserves a place on the bookshelf beside Orwell’s 1984, Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, and

    Berry’s Jayber Crow.”

    California Literary Review

    “Show[ing] influences from H. G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds, John Wyndham’s The Day of the

    , Dante’s Inferno, and the stories of H. P. Lovecraft, not to mention The WastelandTriffids

    and other T. S. Eliot works … Koontz effectively merges science-fiction and horror conventionswith Judeo-Christian traditions.”

    Rocky Mountain News

    “Koontz may like to scare readers, but he also likes to charm them. He succeeds at bothefforts.”

    San Jose Mercury News

    “Dean Koontz incorporates mysteries into his plots, but his protagonists are more mysteriousthan the crimes they solve. He knows how to hook the reader … how to play with ourexpectations.”

    The Globe and Mail

    “His prose is rich and evocative. His characters are among the warmest—and mostdespicable—in modern fiction.”

    Ottawa Citizen

    “Koontz is writing right where popular culture swells into something larger, just as it didfor Homer, Shakespeare, and Dickens. He’s got the gift.”

    The Australian

    “After three dozen novels and more than 200 million copies sold, Dean Koontz can still reachout and pull the reader into terror.”

    San Antonio Express-News

    “Koontz’s plots and characters are always compelling, absorbing, and beautifully drawn with adeep respect for the redemptive power of love.”

    Orange Coast

    “Dean Koontz … has the power to scare the daylights out of us.”


    “Koontz’s superlative ability to balance sensationalism with psychological, emotional, andphysical realism keeps readers riveted to the page.”

    Mystery Scene

    “A master of the [suspense] genre.”

    Richmond Times-Dispatch

    “Koontz is a master at creating believable characters and realistic dialogue…. He has fewpeers when it comes to snappy one-liners and irreverent humor.”

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    “Koontz knows how to turn the screws, and dealing with internal terrors, really takes thereader for a ride.”

    The Globe and Mail

    “Koontz long ago mastered the art of grabbing a reader’s attention and hanging onto it intothe wee hours.”

    —Baton Rouge Advocate

    “Koontz has a touching faith in the human spirit. [His] sure fire plotting and a roster ofcharacters built out of painful tragedies make the pages move.”


    “The poet laureate of paranoid pop fiction … You’d be hard-pressed to find a writer sotailor-made for the strange, paranoid, black-and-white century we’ve just entered.”

The Denver Post

    “Koontz drops readers into the middle of the action, then doubles back to provide thebackground for his characters, deftly making us care about them…. [He] keeps the action movingat a frenetic pace.”

    Chicago Sun Times

    Novels by DEAN KOONTZ

    Relentless • Your Heart Belongs to Me • Odd Hours The Darkest Evening of the Year • The GoodGuy • Brother Odd The Husband • Forever Odd • Velocity • Life Expectancy The Taking • OddThomas • The Face • By the Light of the Moon One Door Away From Heaven • From the Corner of HisEye False Memory • Seize the Night • Fear Nothing • Mr. Murder Dragon Tears • Hideaway • ColdFire • The Bad Place Midnight • Lightning • Watchers • Strangers • Twilight Eyes Darkfall •

    Phantoms • Whispers • The Mask • The Vision The Face of Fear • Night Chills • Shattered The

    Voice of the Night • The Servants of Twilight The House of Thunder • The Key to Midnight The

    Eyes of Darkness • Shadowfires • Winter Moon The Door to December • Dark Rivers of the Heart •

    Icebound Strange Highways • Intensity • Sole Survivor • Ticktock The Funhouse • Demon Seed


     Book One: Prodigal Son

    Book Two: City of NightBook Three: Dead and Alive

This trilogy is dedicated to the late

    Mr. Lewis, who long ago realized that

    science was being politicized, that its

    primary goal was changing from knowledge

    to power, that it was also becomingscientism, and that in the ism

     is theend of humanity.

    I am very doubtful whether history shows us one example of a man who, having stepped outside

    .traditional morality and attained power, has used that power benevolently

    The Abolition of Man—C. S. LEWIS,


    HALF PAST A WINDLESS MIDNIGHT, rain cantered out of the Gulf, across the shore and the levees:parades of phantom horses striking hoof rhythms from roofs of tarpaper, tin, tile, shingles,slate, counting cadence along the avenues.

    Usually a late-night town where restaurants and jazz clubs cooked almost until the breakfasthour, New Orleans was on this occasion unlike itself. Little traffic moved on the streets. Manyrestaurants closed early. For lack of customers, some of the clubs went dark and quiet.

    A hurricane was transiting the Gulf, well south of the Louisiana coast. The National WeatherService currently predicted landfall near Brownsville, Texas, but the storm track might change.Through hard experience, New Orleans had learned to respect the power of nature.

    Deucalion stepped out of the Luxe Theater without using a door, and stepped into a differentdistrict of the city, out of light and into the deep shadows under the boughs of moss-robed oaktrees.

    In the glow of streetlamps, the skeins of rain glimmered like tarnished silver. But under theoaks, the precipitation seemed ink-black, as if it were not rain but were instead a product ofthe darkness, the very sweat of the night.

    Although an intricate tattoo distracted curious people from recognizing the extent of thedamage to the ruined half of his face, Deucalion preferred to venture into public placesbetween dusk and dawn. The sunless hours provided an additional layer of disguise.

    His formidable size and physical power could not be concealed. Having endured more than twohundred years, his body was unbent bone and undiminished muscle. Time seemed to have no powerto weather him.

    As he followed the sidewalk, he passed through places where the glow of streetlamps penetratedthe leafy canopy. The mercurial light chased from memory the torch-carrying mob that hadharried Deucalion through a cold and rainless night on a continent far from this one, in an agebefore electricity.

    Across the street, occupying half a block, the Hands of Mercy stood on an oak-shaded property.Once a Catholic hospital, it closed long ago.

    A tall wrought-iron fence encircled the hospital grounds. The spear-point staves suggested thatwhere mercy had once been offered, none could now be found.

    A sign on the iron driveway gate warned PRIVATE WAREHOUSE / NO ADMITTANCE. The bricked-upwindows emitted no light.

    Overlooking the main entrance stood a statue of the Holy Mother. The light once focused on herhad been removed, and the robed figure looming in darkness might have been Death, or anyone.

    Only hours earlier, Deucalion had learned that this building harbored the laboratory of hismaker, Victor Helios, whose birth name was legend: Frankenstein. Here members of the New Racewere designed, created, and programmed.

    The security system would monitor every door. The locks would be difficult to defeat.

    Thanks to gifts carried on the lightning bolt that brought him to life in an earlier and moreprimitive lab, Deucalion did not need doors. Locks were no impediment to him. Intuitively, hegrasped the quantum nature of the world, including the truth that on the deepest structurallevel, every place in the world was the same place.

    As he contemplated venturing into his maker’s current lair, Deucalion had no fear. If anyemotion might undo him, it would be rage. But over these many decades, he had learned tocontrol the anger that had once driven him so easily to violence.

    He stepped out of the rain and into the main laboratory in the Hands of Mercy, wet when he tookthe step, dry when he completed it.

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