It’s been 11 years since James Stark was sent to Hell by his magician “friends”. And he would still be there, but the ringleader of the group that sold him out went and murdered his girlfriend, the only person who really meant anything to him. Stark is an awful man, and the years in the pit have not made him any better. His plans to kill those responsible for his season in Hell become complicated, with everyone wanting something from him or just wanting him dead. This is a dark book, but so much fun – compelling reading, and I don’t even really know why. It’s one of those books that sweep me away and before I realize it, I am halfway or more done with the book.
38. What the Night Knows by Dean Koontz, 442 pages, Horror, 2010.
John Calvino, homicide detective, has a perfect family – lovely and successful artist wife, a son about to turn 14, and two daughters. But there is a case, not his case, which triggers memories of the awful series of murders that he ended when he was 14 years old, by killing the murderer after finding this man had just killed his parents and sisters when he came home one night. It’s almost the 20-year anniversary of that horrible night, and the Calvino family is targeted to finish the murders. It starts as a serial killer story, and ends a supernatural thriller, one of the best books by Koontz I’ve read in a long time (outside of the Odd Thomas series, which will always be #1 in my heart).