Long, long, long, long before author Dean Koontz kicked off his spree of releasing original novellas tied to his latest novels, he wrote a slender action thriller under pseudonym. This is no real surprise. The sixties and seventies saw Koontz trying out a variety of fiction genres using a stable of pennames. Fun fact: The […]Read more "His Name Is Whatnow?: Dean Koontz’s Chase"
Ponder the age-old question that has haunted mankind since the invention of currency: How can I make a fortune without ever lifting a finger? Well, it gets an intriguing answer in Westlake’s novel Money For Nothing as well as a dark side. Josh Redmont starts out life as a struggling but basically decent guy. When […]Read more "Considering Westlake: Money For Nothing"
Dean Koontz’s Wilderness is an eBook exclusive story, not quite novella length, released to engender reader interest in his novel Innocence. Although Wilderness is short and eschews a traditional narrative structure—it does not give readers the conclusion they might be wishing for—the story also manages to contain some of the most evocative and lyrical prose […]Read more "The Hunted and the Hunter: Dean Koontz’s Wilderness"
After releasing a couple of novels about prison and the sorts of folks who find their way inside and then out again (Put a Lid On It and Breakout), Donald E. Westlake returned with a standalone novel with an unusual byline history. Here in the states, The Scared Stiff appeared under the name Judson Jack […]Read more "Considering Westlake: The Scared Stiff"
The dame could have walked into a dozen offices in town, why did she have to walk into mine? For the third installment of his Makani trilogy, Dean Koontz slyly references the stereotypical hardboiled detective fiction opening. There’s no office, no bottle of gin in a bottom drawer, no dame and no burned out detective. […]Read more "Downright Supernatural: Dean Koontz’s Troubled Times"
Coming on the heels of Put a Lid On It, Breakout shows a certain train of thought Donald E. Westlake was having extrapolated onto another scenario and with a wildly different character. The opening chapters of the author’s previous political comedy (reviewed last week) shows a down on his luck crook protagonist dealing with life […]Read more "Considering Westlake: Breakout"
After pitting his surfer enthusiast protagonist Makani Hisaka -O’Brien against a psychopath with special paranormal powers of his own, Dean Koontz decided to switch things up a little for his characters and for his readers. A little, but not a whole heck of a lot. However, the devil is in the details, so let’s take […]Read more "She’s a Monster: Dean Koontz’s Final Hour"