77 Shadow Street (with bonus novella The Moonlit Mind): A Novel

By Dean Koontz

Welcome to the Pendleton. equipped as a tycoon’s dream domestic within the Eighteen Eighties and switched over to luxurious condominiums no longer particularly a century later, the Gilded Age palace on the summit of Shadow Hill is a sanctuary for its lucky citizens. Scant lines stay of the episodes of insanity, suicide, mass murder—and whispers of items a long way worse—that have scarred its grandeur nearly from the beginning.
yet now inexplicable shadows caper throughout partitions, safety cameras relay very unlikely photos, phantom voices mutter in unusual tongues, not-quite-human figures lurk within the basement, elevators plunge into unknown depths. With each one passing hour a terrifying simple task grows: no matter what drove the Pendleton’s previous occupants to their unspeakable fates is at paintings back. And as nightmare visions develop into actual, as a dangerous tide starts to engulf them, the folks at seventy seven Shadow highway will locate the most important to humanity’s destiny . . . in the event that they can live on to exploit it.
Includes the bonus novella The Moonlit Mind—first time in print

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His mom should have felt it, too, simply because she whispered, “Winny, no. Wait. ” Vernon Klick Vernon used to be so cause on gazing the 3rd ground for previous saggy-assed Logan Spangler to stagger out of Senator Foghorn Leghorn’s condo that the knock at the door startled him up from his chair. ahead of he may say “Come in,” the door opened, and Bailey Hawks entered as though he owned the room and used to be right here to assemble the lease. Vernon disliked Hawks up to somebody within the Pendleton and greater than a few of them. Logan Spangler, in his top bootlicking mode, stated Hawks used to be a hero, it sounds as if simply because he used to be a marine and went to warfare and used to be given a chestful of silly medals, which have been most likely awards for such things as killing 10000 blameless civilians and straddling one thousand third-world whores and torching orphanages. actual heroes have been males like Vernon, who dared to bare the personal lives and ill secrets and techniques of holier-than-thou greed demons just like the parasites who lived during this construction. in the course of his seek of Hawks’s residence, Vernon had no longer been capable of finding any shockingly ill secrets and techniques of the sort that might support placed his booklet on the most sensible of best-seller lists and make his subscription web site, whilst he created it, where on the web. yet simply because he did not locate scandalous fabric approximately Hawks didn’t suggest that such secrets and techniques didn't exist. It intended that the orphan killer was once terribly smart at concealing facts of his vicious crimes and disgusting perversities. besides, Vernon did locate plenty of circumstantial proof that Hawks was once faraway from the hero outdated Logan Spangler concept he was once. For something, Hawks subscribed to 9 monetary courses, which published a demented obsession with earning money. He had a wine cooler filled with high-dollar Cabernets, a number of dear tailored fits, each one of which fee six instances up to a superbly serviceable off-the-rack garment, plus a suite of infrequent Bakelite radios from the paintings Deco interval. a good guy should not have spent all that cash so selfishly or on such frivolous goods. even if Vernon knew much approximately safes and the way to crack them, Hawks’s free-standing version proved to be impenetrable, which needs to suggest it contained scandalous fabric. And even though Vernon knew much approximately laptop hacking, he couldn’t get at Hawks’s shopper documents simply because they have been so good safe; he even started to imagine they have been saved on a separate computing device that was once locked within the secure each one evening, without doubt simply because Hawks and his consumers have been engaged in inventory fraud, commodities manipulation, and worse. As Hawks got here into the protection room, he stated, “Mr. Klick, I simply now observed an individual within the north stairwell who I don’t imagine lives the following. ” Sitting down once again, peeved that he used to be referred to as mister rather than officer, Vernon stated, “Someone who? ” “I don’t be aware of who she was once. yet i ponder in the event you may perhaps payment your video checklist to work out if she left the steps at the first flooring or the basement. She handed me taking place whilst i used to be on the second-floor touchdown.

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