77 Shadow Street: A Novel

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77 Shadow Street: A Novel

by Dean Koontz

Diversified Publishing | December 27, 2011 | Trade Paperback | Large Print

3.2 out of 5 rating. 5 Reviews
I am the One, the all and the only. I live in the Pendleton as surely as I live everywhere. I am the Pendleton''s history and its destiny. The building is my place of conception, my monument, my killing ground. . . .
 
The Pendleton stands on the summit of Shadow Hill at the highest point of an old heartland city, a Gilded Age palace built in the late 1800s as a tycoon's dream home. Almost from the beginning, its grandeur has been scarred by episodes of  madness, suicide, mass murder, and whispers of things far worse. But since its rechristening in the 1970s as a luxury apartment building, the Pendleton has been at peace. For its fortunate residents-among them a successful songwriter and her young son, a disgraced ex-senator, a widowed attorney, and a driven money manager-the Pendleton's magnificent quarters are a sanctuary, its dark past all but forgotten.
 
But now inexplicable shadows caper across walls, security cameras relay impossible images, phantom voices mutter in strange tongues, not-quite-human figures lurk in the basement, elevators plunge  into unknown depths. With each passing hour, a terrifying certainty grows: Whatever drove the Pendleton's past occupants to their unspeakable fates is at work again. Soon, all those within its boundaries will be engulfed by a dark tide from which few have escaped.
 
Dean Koontz transcends all expectations as he takes readers on a gripping journey to a place where nightmare visions become real-and where a group of singular individuals hold the key to humanity's destiny. Welcome to 77 Shadow Street.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 624 Pages, 5.91 × 9.06 × 0.79 in

Published: December 27, 2011

Publisher: Diversified Publishing

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0739378473

ISBN - 13: 9780739378472

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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77 Shadow Street: A Novel

77 Shadow Street: A Novel

by Dean Koontz

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 624 Pages, 5.91 × 9.06 × 0.79 in

Published: December 27, 2011

Publisher: Diversified Publishing

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0739378473

ISBN - 13: 9780739378472

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1 The North Elevator Bitter and drunk, Earl Blandon, a former United States senator, got home at 2:15 a.m. that Thursday with a new tattoo: a two-­word obscenity in blue block letters between the knuckles of the middle finger of his right hand. Earlier in the night, at a cocktail lounge, he’d thrust that stiff digit at another customer who didn’t speak En­glish and who was visiting from some third-­world backwater where the meaning of the offending gesture evidently wasn’t known in spite of countless Hollywood films in which numerous cinema idols had flashed it. In fact, the ignorant foreigner seemed to mistake the raised finger for some kind of friendly hello and reacted by nodding repeatedly and smiling. Earl was frustrated directly out of the cocktail lounge and into a nearby tattoo parlor, where he resisted the advice of the needle artist and, at the age of fifty-­eight, acquired his first body decoration. When Earl strode through the front entrance of the exclusive Pendleton, into the lobby, the night concierge, Norman Fixxer, greeted him by name. Norman sat on a stool behind the reception counter to the left, a book open in front of him, looking like a ventriloquist’s dummy: eyes wide and blue and glassy, pronounced marionette lines like scars in his face, head cocked at an odd angle. In a tailored black suit and a crisp white shirt and a black bow tie, with a fussily arranged white pocket handkerchief blossoming from the breast p
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I am the One, the all and the only. I live in the Pendleton as surely as I live everywhere. I am the Pendleton''s history and its destiny. The building is my place of conception, my monument, my killing ground. . . .
 
The Pendleton stands on the summit of Shadow Hill at the highest point of an old heartland city, a Gilded Age palace built in the late 1800s as a tycoon's dream home. Almost from the beginning, its grandeur has been scarred by episodes of  madness, suicide, mass murder, and whispers of things far worse. But since its rechristening in the 1970s as a luxury apartment building, the Pendleton has been at peace. For its fortunate residents-among them a successful songwriter and her young son, a disgraced ex-senator, a widowed attorney, and a driven money manager-the Pendleton's magnificent quarters are a sanctuary, its dark past all but forgotten.
 
But now inexplicable shadows caper across walls, security cameras relay impossible images, phantom voices mutter in strange tongues, not-quite-human figures lurk in the basement, elevators plunge  into unknown depths. With each passing hour, a terrifying certainty grows: Whatever drove the Pendleton's past occupants to their unspeakable fates is at work again. Soon, all those within its boundaries will be engulfed by a dark tide from which few have escaped.
 
Dean Koontz transcends all expectations as he takes readers on a gripping journey to a place where nightmare visions become real-and where a group of singular individuals hold the key to humanity's destiny. Welcome to 77 Shadow Street.

About the Author

Dean Koontz, the author of many #1 New York Times bestsellers, lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever, Anna, and the enduring spirit of their golden, Trixie.

Editorial Reviews

PRAISE FOR DEAN KOONTZ

"One of the master storytellers of this or any age."-The Tampa Tribune
 
"Koontz writes first-rate suspense, scary and stylish."-Los Angeles Times
 
 "A rarity among bestselling writers, Koontz continues to pursue new ways of telling stories, never content with repeating himself. He writes of hope and love in the midst of evil in profoundly inspiring and moving ways."-Chicago Sun-Times
 
"A master at spinning dark tales . . . Koontz knows how to dial up the terror."-Associated Press
 
"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 [and] demonstrating that the real horror of life is found not in monsters, but within the human psyche."-USA Today
 
"Koontz . . . is a master storyteller and a daring writer. . . . He gives readers bright hope in a dark world."-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
"Dean Koontz . . . has the power to scare the daylights out of us."-People
 
"Dean Koontz is not just a master of our darkest dreams, but also a literary juggler."-The Times (London)
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