The Key to Midnight
While the book was a good read it was not one of Koontz's better efforts. I would never have guessed this was a Koontz novel. It was not only strange territory, but the writing was what I can only call 'cookie-cutter'. Usually Koontz has his own unique way of writing and you c...more
For years, every time I pick up a Dean Koontz novel, I swear I'm not going to get obsessed with it. Every time, I end up reading it in a night or two.
"The Key to Midnight" was originally published in 1979 under the pseudonym, Leigh Nichols. In the Afterword, Koontz describes how he went back in 1995, with the intention of just giving it a little polish, when he ended up excising a great deal of it, then adding yet more. Then, he pretty much rewrote the wh...more
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Joanna left England twelve years ago and now owns and sings in a Japanese nightclub. She has nightmares about being strapped to a bed, injected with substances, and being violated by a man with a metal hand. Alex owns a private investigating firm in the U.S. He was hired twelve years ago to find a missing woman. He sees Joanna while on vacation in Japan and believes Joanna might be that woman.
"It's a simple tale, not a substantive one, that just wants to be liked and to give you a little fun. There's nothing wrong with a book like that; no writer must try to be Dostoyevsky every time he picks up a pen. Most people would agree that writing su...more
Em 'The Key to Midnight' há surpr...more
Mr. Koontz has this to say: “The Key to Midnight was the first novel…under the pen name Leigh Nichols, which I no longer use.” “[The Key to Midnight:] was meant to be my stab at an action-suspense-romance novel with a background of international intrigue…”
My vote says he succeeded.
Another reason I read Dean Koontz, beside...more
It's a nice, short book with several little twists and typical Koontz characters. I enjoyed th...more
A solid action/romance/spy novel with a surprising ending. It is a rewrite/update of one of the author's early attempts from 1979 which makes the plot less plausible. For instance, the fact that the Cold War ended is conveniently handled by Mr. Koontz by saying that the "Cold War never ends". Also, even if we believe that such brain-washing is possible, how do we account for Joanna being even a relatively cheerful person who's singing each night in a crowded jazz bar in Kyoto?...more
A haunting nightmare is the key to one woman's mysterious past in the spine-tingling novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz.
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 3...more
Koontz did surprise me towards the end with the twist on the father and the surprise with Alex. I thought it was worth the read, although a bit tedious. I wanted...more
And now its finished. Nice and quick denoument in the final two chapters. Definitely one of hiw earlier writings--as I saw some of the same elements I just read in Lightning.
Pretty lame excuse for...more
Joanna Rand is a singer and club owner in Kyoto. Things are okay for her, except that every night, she has an awful nightmare about a man with a metal hand. She also is susceptible to terrible panic attacks and depressions,...more
Joanna was right - she could be cold. That she tried to push Alex away, when he knew that he was doing what was best in trying to help her, confirmed that thought. And Alex, bless his little heart, was just stubborn and curious enough to keep pushing back, and was finally able to succeed where every other man in Joanna's life had failed - he was...more
I must say I enjoyed the novel very much!
I do, however, feel like I learned things about Japan & Japanese culture I never would have known otherwise. I hope those items are at least real so I dont' feel like it was a...more
This book was written by Dean Koontz, originally under the pen name of Leigh Nichols. He said he meant this book to be "my stab at an action-suspense-romance novel with a background of international intrigue". He has since revised it and published it under his own name. This information is contained in the afterword, which is actually more fun to read than the book itself.
The story here concerns brainwashing and reprogramming, which were pretty big and popular topics in the late 70's and early 8...more
While this was a departure from his usual formula and entertaining (as all his books are), it was enjoyable but not overwhelmingly so.