The City by Dean Koontz | Book Review

The City by Dean Koontz | Sidewalk Shoes


I grew up reading Dean Koontz and loved all of his earlier work.  Then he appeared to become a little to formulaic. Every story seemed to have a kid and a dog (most likely a golden retriever) in it.  So, I kind of lost touch his his work.  When I saw The City: A Novel, I thought that I would give him a try again I’m so glad that I did.

The story is told by a 57 year old man, Jonah Kirk.  He is telling about events that occurred when he was a young boy.  The atmosphere is set with events of the time – race riots and the Vietnam war.

His mother, Sylvia Kirk, a lounge singer/waitress is divorcing his father, Tilton.  Jonah is afraid that Tilton is up to no good.  After meeting a strange woman in his apartment complex, Jonah befriends Mr. Yoshioka who also lives in his complex.  It is a strange coupling, a young black boy and and an older Japanese man.  However it is interesting to see how the two grow together and influence watch other as they try to get to the bottom of what is going on.

Most of the chapters end with hooks like…, if we knew what was going to happen Monday we would have changed our plans, or something like, that was not the only disturbing incident that weekend.  Those are not exact quotes, but you get the idea.  These worked especially well and kept me reading just-one-more-chapter long past my bedtime.

Thoroughly enjoyed this book!

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  1. says

    I think I got burned out on Koontz and his cliff- hanger-chapter-endings. Odd Thomas remains my all-time favorite, but maybe I’ll give this one a try.