From the Corner of His Eye

From the Corner of His Eye

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Dean Koontz has been called "America's most popular suspense novelist,"* but that only begins to describe the rich variety and endless invention that characterize his work. Critics hail his impeccable craft and the artistry that has inspired the devotion of millions of fans around the world. He is unique among contemporary writers, venturing far beyond traditional boundaries to explore our deepest fears and most transcendent aspirations. Now, in From the Corner of His Eye, Koontz brings together his most powerful themes to draw readers into a spellbinding world made by a master at the top of his form -- a story rich in triumph and tragedy, joy and terror, love, hate, and profound meaning, played out by perhaps the most unforgettable cast of characters he has yet created. Bartholomew Lampion is born in Bright Beach, California, on a day of tragedy and terror, when the lives of everyone in his family are changed forever. Remarkable events accompany his birth, and everyone agrees that his unusual eyes are the most beautiful they have ever seen. On this same day, a thousand miles away, a ruthless man learns that he has a mortal enemy named Bartholomew. He doesn't know who Bartholomew is, but he embarks on a search that will become the purpose of his life. If ever he finds the right Bartholomew, he will deal mercilessly with him. And in San Francisco, a girl is born, the result of a violent rape. Her survival is miraculous, and her destiny is mysteriously linked to the fates of Barty and the man who stalks him. At the age of three, Barty Lampion is blinded when surgeons reluctantly remove his eyes to save him from a fast-spreading cancer. As the growing boy copes with his blindness and proves to be a prodigy, his mother, an exceptional woman, counsels him that all things happen for a reason, that there is meaning even in his suffering, and that he will affect the lives of people yet unknown to him in ways startling and profound. At thirteen, Bartholomew regains his sight. How he regains it, why he regains it, and what happens as his amazing life unfolds results in a breathtaking journey of courage, heart-stopping suspense, and high adventure. His mother once told him that every person's life has an effect on every other person's, in often unknowable ways, and Barty's eventful life indeed entwines with others in ways that will astonish and move everyone who reads his story. People magazine has said that Dean Koontz has the "power to scare the daylights out of us." In this, perhaps the most thrilling, suspenseful, and emotionally powerful work of his critically acclaimed career, Koontz does that and far more. He has created a compulsive page-turner that will have you at the edge of your seat, a narrative tour de force that will change the way you yourself look at the world.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2000
ISBN: 9780553801347
0553801341
Branch Call Number: F KOONTZ
FICTION Koontz 2000
Characteristics: 622 p. ; 25 cm

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MaryMaryJ
Aug 07, 2014

A really good read - with Koontz's ability to 'balance' good and evil. His characters are so diametrically at odds that he provides relief from the incredibly dark side of evil. Really enjoyed this book

ddd1234 Aug 29, 2013

not bad but not the best,,,,,,

indigo_lion_24 May 23, 2012

Another really good book by the very talented Dean Koontz.

I will voice a perceived drawback: the "Good Christian" stuff was at times mildly annoying and unrealistic and at other times very irritating, laced with sappy sentimentality and preachy peaches and cream.

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jsand67
May 13, 2012

I loved this book. Interesting, twists, turns, humour. Dean Koontz at his best.

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neonchameleon
Nov 24, 2010

So I had mixed feelings on this one. On the one the hand It's a really interesting plot that contains alot of interesting concepts relating to physics and religion, something koontz rather likes to play with. And there were some really cool plot twists. On the other hand I found the villian a little hard to believe and the protagonists were a little too pure and sweet for my liking.

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