Dragon Tears


I finished Dragon Tears by Dean Koontz recently.  I don’t read a lot of books in the horror genre, but Dean Koontz is a good writer.  Admittedly I haven’t read many of his books, but I have liked those I have read.  Dragon Tears does include elements of fantasty, Sci-Fi and suspense; this probably couldn’t be considered strictly a horror story.  Dragon Tears is one of Koontz’ older books.

The characters, homicide cops who work out of the Special Projects Center in Laguna Niguel, California, are well developed and believable.  Harry Lyon is calm, logical and by the book, and Connie Gulliver is more an angry loose cannon type, so the contrast between their personalities is good.  It turns out both characters have underlying issues they are dealing with; they just respond in different ways.  The setting, in Orange County, California, is interesting.  I live relatively close to this area, however, I haven’t been out that way for a while.

The bad guy, Bryan Drackman, AKA Ticktock, is creepy, and has an extremely elevated opinion of himself   The way Ticktock uses telekinesis to torment and terrorize his victims, and how he obtained this power is an interesting (but bizarre) concept.  This is where the author uses the Sci-Fi elements effectively.

I also love the dog, Woofer, and the way he helps Harry and Connie deal with the bad guy. Overall imaginative and enjoyable.



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