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One Door Away from Heaven by Dean Koontz
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Nov 17, 2010

it was amazing
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Dean Koontz has a gift for lyrical description that sometimes tumbles into purple prose. It should also be noted that the most original character in this novel, 9-year-old Leilani Klonk, sounds more like a precocious 14-year-old. In the end, though, neither criticism matters, because what Koontz has written succeeds on its own terms as a story of unexpected psychological depth.

A misnamed dog looms large in this story (anyone familiar with this author's work could have seen that coming), but so do a tormented private investigator, a kind-hearted ex-convict, a motherly aunt, a traveling psychopath, a perpetually stoned hippie chick, and beautiful blonde twins with guns.

Other writers would have fumbled a novel ambitious enough to draw on a cast that diverse, but Koontz wrote "One Door Away From Heaven" knowing exactly what he wanted to say about what it means to be human. Fortunately for the rest of us, his surehandedness yields both thought and entertainment. As a life-affirming broadside against utilitarian ethics and a suspense novel with extra-terrestrial overtones, "One Door Away from Heaven" wins loud huzzahs from this reader.
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