Reviews for The City

by Dean Koontz

Library Journal
(c) Copyright Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

In the turbulent late 1960s, young Jonah Kirk wants nothing more than to be a great piano man like his grandfather, but music is only part of his destiny. As Jonah's world of significant people begins to expand, he learns some difficult lessons that help him mature into the man he will become-lessons involving life and death, good and evil, trust and betrayal. Are there supernatural forces at work? Maybe. Jonah sometimes thinks so. Items have juju, and aren't they prophetic dreams he's been given? Ominous foreshadowing pulls us from event to event. Jonah is nine through most of the story, but he narrates from the perspective of a middle-aged man, as though looking back with the wisdom of age. Although we don't know what is going to happen until the end, throughout the story we know that it is something terrible. The narrator tells us this much, but he teases us along. Verdict Koontz's ("Odd Thomas" series) stand-alone is like dynamite, with a long slow fuse that smolders quietly until exploding brilliantly. His many fans will want this.-Elizabeth Masterson, Mecklenburg Cty. Jail Lib., Charlotte, NC (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book list
From Booklist, Copyright © American Library Association. Used with permission.

Self-described piano man Jonah Kirk, 57, recalls his most momentous years, 1965-67, in Koontz's somehow sunny new novel. That time began with his father's second desertion and the discovery of a plays-like-new Steinway at the community center, just in time for Jonah, gifted with an eidetic memory for melody, to learn music in earnest. It ended with nearly being killed twice by a cell of psychopaths masquerading as revolutionaries that includes his delinquent father as by far the least dangerous member. All along, a lovely woman who calls him Ducks and accepts his name for her, Pearl, comes to him, just a few times in all, to encourage him and alert him to forthcoming boons, like the Steinway, and perils. Meanwhile, he makes the best friends of his life, including the man who spearheads the fight against the cell, the boy who will become his lifelong musical colleague, and the first girl he ever adores. Bad as well as good things happen, and the thriller plot becomes secondary to warm character development as the book's prime attraction. High-Demand Backstory: The publicity push behind Koontz's new novel will be matched in public-relations success by the name recognition he so widely enjoys.--Olson, Ray Copyright 2010 Booklist