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Random House Publishing Group, Fall 2018

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The Forbidden Door
A Jane Hawk Novel
By (author): Dean Koontz
9780525483700 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense Sep 11, 2018
$37.00 CAD
Active 6.37 x 9.56 x 1.62 in 480 pages Bantam Dell Bantam
When this relentless rogue FBI agent comes knocking, her adversaries will have to answer—with their lives—in the latest thrilling Jane Hawk novel by #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz.

“We’re rewriting the play, and the play is this country, the world, the future. We break Jane’s heart, we’ll also break her will.”

She was one of the FBI’s top agents until she became the nation’s most-wanted fugitive; a happily married woman before becoming a devastated widow. Now Jane Hawk may be all that stands between a free nation and its enslavement by a powerful secret society’s terrifying mind-control technology. She couldn’t save her husband, or the others whose lives have been destroyed, but equipped with superior tactical and survival skills—and the fury born of a broken heart and a hunger for justice—Jane has struck major blows against the insidious cabal.

But Jane’s enemies are about to hit back hard. If their best operatives can’t outrun her, they mean to bring her running to them, using her five-year-old son as bait. Jane knows there’s no underestimating their capabilities, but she must battle her way back across the country to the remote shelter where her boy is safely hidden…for now. As she moves resolutely forward, new threats begin to emerge: a growing number of brain-altered victims driven hopelessly, violently, insane. As the madness spreads like a virus, the war between Jane and her enemies will become a fight for all their lives—against the lethal terror unleashed from behind the forbidden door.

Story Locale: Southern California

Series Overview: FBI agent Jane Hawk, mother of a young son, grieving widow of a decorated Marine, uncovers a terrifying conspiracy behind the death of her husband and scores of other exemplary citizens, and becomes the #1 fugitive in the country as she goes off the grid to forge a trail to all those responsible…whatever it takes.

JANE HAWK IS A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING HEROINE! The Silent Corner debuted at #2 and remained on the NYT hardcover fiction list for five weeks; The Whispering Room, also a NY Times bestseller, followed 11/21/17, with The Crooked Staircase scheduled for release on 5/8/18. The premium paperback edition of The Silent Corner is in its fifth printing since its release 10/31/17, with 300,000 copies in print.

JANE HAWK’S JOURNEY CONTINUES in The Night Window in Spring 2018.

EACH A SATISFYING READ IN ITSELF but with an overarching storyline.

CROSS-SELL: The Forbidden Door will be previewed in The Crooked Staircase hardcover (5/8/18) and premium mass market paperback (10/2/18). Each book will cross-sell the series.

DEAN KOONTZ, the author of many #1 New York Times bestsellers, lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever, Elsa, and the enduring spirits of their goldens, Trixie and Anna.

Author Residence: Newport Coast, CA

Author Hometown: Hanover, PA

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Publicity: National media attention

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“Compelling and enthralling.”New York Journal of Books
“Mind-blowing…[a] gripping series…  a thrill ride. [Dean Koontz is] able to distract you for hours.”Bookreporter 
“Koontz is on another roll with a new series that boasts a juicy premise and a compelling star…. Pure gold.”Booklist 

“Koontz continues the incredible saga of the robust character of Jane Hawk, and it’s as terrific as the others in the series.”—Associated Press 


“Beautifully plotted and written with notable care and flair…spellbinding…The Hawk series…is among [Koontz’s] best work.”Booklist (starred review), on The Crooked Staircase

“Unrelenting…[Jane] rivets readers’ attention. Michael Crichton fans and thriller aficionados who appreciate a fierce female protagonist…should be urged to meet Jane Hawk.”Library Journal, on The Crooked Staircase

“Another terrifying Dean Koontz conspiracy thriller Jane Hawk is arguably the best character Koontz has created…. Simply put, wow.”—Associated Press, on The Whispering Room

“A deeply layered, satisfying thriller that is character-driven and nearly impossible to put down.”Bookreporter, on The Whispering Room

“Vintage Dean Koontz: paranoia-fueled suspense with…sleek and highly realized action, developed characters, and more twists and turns than any two ordinary novels combined…among Dean Koontz’s finest contemporary work.”Mystery Scene, on The Silent Corner

“Perhaps Koontz’s leanest, meanest thriller…introduces a smart, appealing heroine who can outthink as well as outshoot the baddest of bad dudes.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review), on The Silent Corner

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