Bestselling author Cullen Cubby Greenwich is mortified when Shearman Waxx, the nation’s premier literary critic, savages his work. Cubby manages to find the syphilitic swine at Roxie’s Bistro in Newport Beach, Calif., where the author’s six-year-old prodigy son nearly pees by accident on Waxx in the restaurant’s men’s room. In retaliation, Waxx threatens Cubby with doom and gets things started nicely by blowing up his house. With almost superhuman ease, the book critic keeps track of Cubby and his family as they flee for their lives.
Let me share a little background info about me and Dean. No, we didn’t know each other back in school, or ever really crossed paths – except of course within the pages of his books that i could not read fast enough…. and in my opinion he could not write fast enough.
Yes it is true…. back when I was 20, Dean Koontz was one of a very elite group of my favorite authors. I read and loved:
Lightening (Oh Yeah!)
The Key To Midnight
Door To December
The Funhouse (first book I ever read of his)
Eyes Of Darkness
One Door Away From Heaven
yes…. I think it is safe to say I have been a fan.
And now this is where it gets….
I was so excited to listen to this audio and I LOVED the idea of the main character being an author who gets a bad review…. (I know a bit ironic right now…..). A fun fact about Dean’s books is that he almost always includes some sort of “bookish” theme in his writing – either his character is a reader, or a writer or there are mentions of books shelves…
This time I just could not pick up what Dean was putting down. The storyline was so outrageously over the top – the strange killings in the book beyond gruesome and a bit wacky and well…
I finally gave up as I was so confused and surprised by the book that it didn’t even have the regular “Dean Koontz” feel to it that I have come to know and love through the years. It felt a little more like James Patterson when he goes a direction that I do not like.
Will I read Dean Koontz again? I am sure I will. I have found him to be not as dark as Stephen King, and not as light and funny as Harlan Coben. He is a great middle of the road.
I received this audio from my library