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The Bad Place

The Bad Place

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Frank Pollard is afraid to fall asleep. Every morning he awakes, he discovers something strange—like blood on his hands—a bizarre mystery that tortures his soul. Two investigators have been hired to follow the haunted man. But only one person—a young man with Down’s Syndrome—can imagine where their journeys might end. That terrible place from which no one ever returns…


"THIS IS WHITE KNUCKLE, HAIR-CURLING-ON-THE-BACK-OF-THE-NECK READING—as close to actual physical terror as the printed word can deliver." —Los Angeles Times

"PSYCHOLOGICALLY COMPLEX masterly and satisfying denouement." — The New York Times

"THE INTRICATE PLOT RACES ALONG. Koontz also creates characters of unusual richness and depth...a level of perception and sensitivity that is not merely convincing; it's astonishing." — The Seattle Times

"AT TIMES LYRICAL WITHOUT EVER BEING NAÏVE OR ROMANTIC. This is a grotesque world, much like that of Flannery O'Connor or Walker Percy...Scary, worthwhile reading." — The New Orleans Times-Picayune

"A TAUT SUSPENSE NOVEL that transcends genres. TOTAL ENTERTAINMENT." — The Macon Telegraph & News

"THOROUGHLY ABSORBING AND WONDERFULLY ENTERTAINING, a real leave-the-light-on effort." — The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"KOONTZ PUTS HIS READERS THROUGH THE EMOTIONAL WRINGER. There are scenes...that stick in the mind long after the thriller has been laid aside." — Associated Press

"FASCINATING. Even his minor characters seem to live. A ROLLER-COASTER RIDE." — The Boston Globe


"A COMPELLING PLOT...excellent characters." — The Baltimore Sun

"KOONTZ SOARS...shriek-worthy suspense." — Publishers Weekly

"A ROLLER-COASTER RIDE." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"THE PACE ACCELERATES LIKE AN AVALANCHE. By the time the reader reaches the denouement, he's emotionally exhausted, shaken." — The Baton Rouge Advocate

"A CELEBRATION OF THE IMAGINATION—and every bit as creepy as you hope it will be." — Chattanooga News-Free Press

"JUST WHEN YOU THINK YOU'VE GOT EVERYTHING FIGURED OUT, KOONTZ TOSSES IN YET ANOTHER SURPRISE. He masterfully weaves [many] elements into a plot that is totally involving." — Hartford Courant

"COMPLETELY SATISFYING. His prose is rich and evocative. His characters are among the warmest—also the most despicable—in fiction." — Ottawa Citizen

"HIGHLY ENTERTAINING." — The Indianapolis Star

"By the time you reach the end, YOU'LL FEEL LIKE YOU'VE JUST STEPPED OFF A ROLLER-COASTER." — Fort Worth Star-Telegram

"A STYLISHLY TERRIFYING ADVENTURE...characters the reader can care for, and a mystery that is truly mysterious." — South Bend Tribune

"YOU CAN'T STOP READING. It takes you on a chilly roller-coaster ride of stomach-gripping suspense that throws you breathlessly against a brick wall at the end." — United Press International

"HARD TO PUT DOWN, ABSORBING...Each character comes alive." — The Memphis Commercial Appeal

"KOONTZ IS A MASTER." — Calgary Herald

"DEAN KOONTZ IS ON A ROLL. Each new novel...has brought more respect and more popularity. He creates sympathetic characters who are very human, and [the story races] from page to page." — Rockdale Citizen

"THIS MAY BE KOONTZ'S BEST BOOK YET. He deftly juggles several subplots while keeping the suspense turned on high. A rousing conclusion." — Tulsa World

"DRIVING, CHARACTER-RICH, PANORAMIC...a marvelously boisterous, scare-and-suspense-packed entertainment." — Kirkus Reviews

"FAST AND FURIOUS...surprise piled upon surprise...highly entertaining." — Orange County Register

"MEMORABLE CHARACTERS. Koontz has written another page-turner." — Gannett News Service

"COMPLEX AND FASCINATING CHARACTERS. The character of Thomas is a tour de force of stylistics that more than anything suggests Koontz's remarkable skill." — Mystery Scene

"GIVE ME MORE OF THIS MAN'S FICTION ANYTIME. The Bad Place [is] unrelenting in its purpose to thrill, challenge, and charm. It is one of the new breed of mystery thrillers...with such explosive panache that you don't need explosive sex or violence to keep a reader's interest." — Fear