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The Crooked Staircase (Jane Hawk Series #3)

by Dean Koontz

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The Crooked Staircase (Jane Hawk Series #3) by Dean Koontz

Jane Hawk—who dazzled readers in The Silent Corner and The Whispering Room—faces the fight of her life, against the threat of a lifetime, in this electrifying new thriller by #1 New York Times bestselling suspense master Dean Koontz.
 
“I could be dead tomorrow. Or something worse than dead.”
 
Jane Hawk knows she may be living on borrowed time. But as long as she’s breathing, she’ll never cease her one-woman war against the terrifying conspiracy that threatens the freedom—and free will—of millions. Battling the strange epidemic of murder-suicides that claimed Jane’s husband, and is escalating across the country, has made the rogue FBI agent a wanted fugitive, relentlessly hunted not only by the government but by the secret cabal behind the plot. Deploying every resource their malign nexus of power and technology commands, Jane’s enemies are determined to see her dead . . . or make her wish she was.

Jane’s ruthless pursuers can’t stop her from drawing a bead on her prey: a cunning man with connections in high places, a twisted soul of unspeakable depths with an army of professional killers on call. Propelled by her righteous fury and implacable insistence on justice, Jane will make her way from southern Southern California to the snow-swept slopes of Lake Tahoe to confront head-on the lethal forces arrayed against her. But nothing can prepare her for the chilling truth that awaits when she descends the crooked staircase to the dark and dreadful place where her long nightmare was born.

Advance praise for The Crooked Staircase

“An absorbing thriller full of fresh touches . . . Writing his unusual heroine, Koontz keeps the pages alive with attitude as well as action. . . . For Hawk, who is as fearless as she is beautiful, no obstacle is too great, especially with the well-being of her hidden-away five-year-old son on her mind.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Spellbinding . . . Beautifully plotted and written with notable care and flare . . . The Hawk series . . . is among [Koontz’s] best work.”—Booklist (starred review)

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ISBN-13:
9780525483441
9780525483441
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/08/2018
Series:
Jane Hawk Series , #3
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Format:
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Pages:
512
512
Sales rank:
22
File size:
6 MB
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About the Author

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, Elsa, and the enduring spirits of their goldens, Trixie and Anna.

Hometown:

Newport Beach, California

Date of Birth:

July 9, 1945

Place of Birth:

Everett, Pennsylvania

Education:

B.S. (major in English), Shippensburg University, 1966
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Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

An absorbing thriller full of fresh touches . . . Writing his unusual heroine, [Dean] Koontz keeps the pages alive with attitude as well as action. . . . For [Jane] Hawk, who is as fearless as she is beautiful, no obstacle is too great, especially with the well-being of her hidden-away five-year-old son on her mind.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Spellbinding . . . Beautifully plotted and written with notable care and flare . . . The Hawk series . . . is among [Dean Koontz’s] best work.”—Booklist (starred review)

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Oh my gosh, Jane Hawk is one badass, tough as nails heroine. Dean ...
Oh my gosh, Jane Hawk is one badass, tough as nails heroine. Dean Koontz is a masterful storyteller, and his latest work does not disappoint. This is the third installment in his Jane Hawk series and it absolutely shimmers with suspense. It has a terrifying premise that is horrifyingly believable. I don’t want to say too much, because I don’t want to give away the plot, but the only disappointment is the ending. We will all have to wait with bated breath until the next book in this series to find out more about this remarkable character. This is a can’t miss read!
- KarenfromDothan
May 8, 2018
This is the third book in the Jane Hawk thriller series. I have re ...
This is the third book in the Jane Hawk thriller series. I have really enjoyed this series, it is fast paced and written well. The suspense often keeps me up at night wondering what will happen next. The characters are well developed and the storyline is wonderful, if not a bit scary. As this is the third in the series, I think you need to read it in order to totally understand what is going on in the plot.
- KathyJinEllicottCity
May 8, 2018
“The Crooked Staircase” by Dean Koontz is the third in the Jane Ha ...
“The Crooked Staircase” by Dean Koontz is the third in the Jane Hawk series. It is not necessary to have read the previous two books to enjoy this one, but new readers will have some catching up to do with the “conspiracy” that compels Jane to action. All is not well, even in the world of Techno Arcadians, the very very bad guys who are intent on taking over the world. Jane Hawk has taken them on in this fight, and she is angry. “You’re right about that,” Jane agreed. “Some days I think I don’t have nearly enough of it.” She has undertaken this fight primarily to restore her husband’s reputation and to save the life of her child. Nevertheless, the headline of the Los Angeles Times screams JANE HAWK INDICTED FOR ESPIONAGE, TREASON, MURDER. Chapters are written in alternating points of view good guys, bad guys, the very bad guys, and those who change sides. This provides readers with an overview of the action, expands the full concept of events, and enhances the tension in all the storylines at once. Koontz introduces readers to Tanuja Shukla in a shout out to the power of writers and the influence of books. “Her novel will inspire the worst ideas among impressionable younger generations. The computer identifies it as potentially a dangerous iconic work.” She and her twin brother Sanjay rise to the top of the “Hamlet List.” Koontz paints word pictures that are vivid beyond those of any other. Words are a reason to read, and even the simplest of actions is described in vivid multisensory details. “The water was hot, and from her lathered hands rose the rich orange fragrance of the soap.” Even the weather reflects the tone. ”The dreary rain like a forewarning of despair to come, the claustrophobic closed-coffin darkness of the night, the half-seen python-muscled river in its serpentine flow to the right of them like some pagan god of fate whose forward slithery rush compelled them to follow, heedless of all consequences.” Jane continues to drive the plot, and she needs a heart hardened to those who preyed on others, who recognize no right to life except their own, for whom power was no less essential than air and water. She wonders if she can really do what she intended to do. In the end, with the coming of the morning sun, Jane and readers must face the wonder and the terror of it all. Will sunshine, optimism, and love conquer? Next …. I received a copy of “The Crooked Staircase” from Dean Koontz, Bantam Books, and NetGalley. I found it compelling, frightening, and at the same time hopeful that love and Jane will triumph, perhaps in the next book. I cannot wait.
- 3no7
May 8, 2018
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