Marc Bernardin
November 23, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Darkest Evening of the Year

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Dean Koontz
publisher
Bantam
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Fiction

We gave it a B

Just barely into Dean Koontz’s thriller, I understood why he’s a book-selling giant. In barely perceptible strokes, he introduces unflappable dog rescuer Amy Redwing; her architect boyfriend; serial arsonist Moongirl; and Nickie, a preternaturally aware golden retriever. And he ties them together in ways both surprising and incredibly obvious at the same time. Whether or not you find the story rewarding depends on how much you love (and I mean lurve) man’s best friend. If you can tolerate sermonizing about innate pooch nobility, you’ll be reading The Darkest Evening of the Year till dawn. If not, it’s a solid B.

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