The City (with bonus short story The Neighbor) - Dean Koontz

The City (with bonus short story The Neighbor)

By Dean Koontz

  • Release Date: 2014-07-01
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
4 Score: 4 (From 368 Ratings)


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Includes Dean Koontz’s short story “The Neighbor”!

This ebook edition contains a special preview of Dean Koontz’s The Silent Corner.

Dean Koontz is at the peak of his acclaimed powers with this major new novel.

A young boy, a musical prodigy, discovering life’s wonders—and mortal dangers.
His best friend, also a gifted musician, who will share his journey into destiny.
His remarkable family, tested by the extremes of evil and bound by the depths of love . . . on a collision course with a band of killers about to unleash anarchy.
And two unlikely allies, an everyday hero tempered by the past and a woman of mystery who holds the key to the future.

These are the people of The City, a place where enchantment and malice entwine, courage and honor are found in the most unexpected quarters, and the way forward lies buried deep inside the heart. Brilliantly illumined by magic dark and light, their unforgettable story is a riveting, soul-stirring saga that speaks to everyone, a major milestone in the celebrated career of #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz and a dazzling realization of the evergreen dreams we all share.

Praise for The City

“Beautifully crafted and poignant . . . The City is many things: serious, lighthearted, nostalgic, courageous, scary, and mysterious. . . . [It] will have readers staying up late at night.”—New York Journal of Books

“[Koontz] can flat-out write. . . . The message of hope and depiction of how the choices you make can change your life ring true and will remain with you once the book has been closed.”Bookreporter

Acclaim for Dean Koontz
“Perhaps more than any other author, Koontz writes fiction perfectly suited to the mood of America: novels that acknowledge the reality and tenacity of evil but also the power of good . . . that entertain vastly as they uplift.”Publishers Weekly

“A rarity among bestselling writers, Koontz continues to pursue new ways of telling stories, never content with repeating himself.”—Chicago Sun-Times
“Tumbling, hallucinogenic prose. ‘Serious’ writers . . . might do well to examine his technique.”—The New York Times Book Review
“[Koontz] has always had near-Dickensian powers of description, and an ability to yank us from one page to the next that few novelists can match.”—Los Angeles Times
“Koontz is a superb plotter and wordsmith. He chronicles the hopes and fears of our time in broad strokes and fine detail, using popular fiction to explore the human condition.”—USA Today
“Characters and the search for meaning, exquisitely crafted, are the soul of [Koontz’s] work. . . . One of the master storytellers of this or any age.”—The Tampa Tribune
“A literary juggler.”The Times (London)


  • Another Koontz Masterpiece

    By Koontz Fan 101
    Once again I have fallen in love with a Koontz protagonist. If you are familiar with his work and are wondering whether this story lives up to the D.K. standards of FANTASTIC and AWESOME, the answer is without a doubt a resounding ABSOLUTELY! Mr. Koontz gives his protagonists endearing qualities that capture the heart and mind of the reader; innate kindness, the ability to gain understanding, wisdom and strength through devastating tragedies, as well as the ability to sense the supernatural and act accordingly. The protagonist in The City is no exception. As with John Calvino, Odd (or is it Todd?) Thomas, Jane Hawk, and many others, I find myself once again wanting to meet this character... to know more about him... to keep in touch with him... often wondering what he’s doing now. Thank you, Mr. Koontz, for this story. Thank you for the takeaways... a warmed heart, an awareness of things unseen, knowledge of what things were like during a time period when I wasn’t paying attention, a renewed hope that there are truly good people in this world, and so much more. Your truly, Shelley Collins
  • The City

    By Sunnyarens
  • The city

    By Meangjp
    Sorry to say not one of his better ones.
  • The City

    By TraceeGreen
    This book made me cry because of kindness, don't need to say anything else.
  • Disappointing

    By Ebethnjake
    Don't waste your money. The story is very slow and never really goes anywhere. Nothing like his other books.
  • BORING!!!

    By Stang88ok
    This is by far his slowest & least interesting book. I own every book he has written & I wish I could get my $ back for this one. Buy it when it ends up in the clearance bin.
  • The City

    By ceemax579
    I missed the original good,evil,dog, child stories so wonderfully spun. This was reminiscent of those adventures. A great book to read.
  • Gets better as you read

    By Mr. Sheppy
    I'm a longtime fan of Koontz's, and have loved nearly all his books. For the first handful of chapters, I thought this was going to become the second one I'd not enjoyed. But as I read further, the nature of the story, the characters, and the world built on the pages grew on me and drew me in. By halfway through, I was enthralled. By 2/3 of the way through, I could no longer put it down and read far into the night, despite badly needing to be in bed early. The point: this is a fine story with charming characters and a mysticism that's old-school Koontz.
  • The First Book

    By bzerked
    I have not been able to finish…’nuff said
  • Steer Clear

    By MD in PHX
    I am a huge Dean Koontz fan. I've read many of his books and have like or (mostly) loved each one. However, this book was a true outlier in his pantheon of amazing tales. It was literally a slog, possessing none of his trademark transcendent prose. Move on and pray that his next book is more of his regular excellence.