The Crooked Staircase

The Crooked Staircase

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"Jane Hawk--who dazzled readers in The Silent Corner and The Whispering Room--faces the fight of her life, against the threat of a lifetime in this electrifying new thriller by #1 New York Times bestselling suspense master Dean Koontz. "I could be dead tomorrow. Or something worse than dead." Jane Hawk knows she may be living on borrowed time. But as long as she's breathing, she'll never cease her one-woman war against the terrifying conspiracy that threatens the freedom--and free will--of millions. Battling the strange epidemic of murder-suicides that claimed Jane's husband, and is escalating across the country, has made the rogue FBI agent a wanted fugitive, relentlessly hunted not only by the government but by the secret cabal behind the plot. Deploying every resource their malign nexus of power and technology commands, Jane's enemies are determined to see her dead. or make her wish she was. Jane's ruthless pursuers can't stop her from drawing a bead on her prey: a cunning man with connections in high places, a twisted soul of unspeakable depths with an army of professional killers on call. Propelled by her righteous fury and implacable insistence on justice, Jane will make her way from southern California to the snow-swept slopes of Lake Tahoe to confront head-on the lethal forces arrayed against her. But nothing can prepare her for the chilling truth that awaits when she descends the crooked staircase to the dark and dreadful place where her long nightmare was born. PRAISE FOR DEAN KOONTZ'S JANE HAWK NOVELS "Gripping. The paranoia and mystery increase as the story unfolds. Koontz has created such a wonderful character in Jane Hawk that. readers will clamor for more. Koontz rocks it again."--Associated Press "Vintage Dean Koontz: paranoia-fueled suspense. sleek and highly realized action, developed characters, and more twists and turns than any two ordinary novels combined. as relevant to current events as it is audacious. amongst Dean Koontz's finest contemporary work."--Mystery Scene "Perhaps Koontz's leanest, meanest thriller, [The Silent Corner] introduces a smart, appealing heroine who can outthink as well as outshoot the baddest of bad dudes."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"-- Provided by publisher.
"In this riveting high-stakes novel, Jane Hawk tracks the powerful DOJ operative at the center of the murderous conspiracy that killed her husband, a decorated Marine, and now threatens others closest to her. Dark, ingenious, utterly relentless, the Jane Hawk thrillers are Dean Koontz at his celebrated best, a brilliant, deeply affecting synthesis of his singular gifts for heart-stopping suspense, unparalleled characterization and atmosphere, and twisting, chillingly topical storylines--all driven by an unforgettable, take-no-prisoners heroine"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, [2018]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780525483441
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (491 pages)


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May 26, 2020

Koontz also wrote this one! There is nothing to say! He and Brad Thor are the masters!! I hope they never stop writing!!!

Nov 23, 2018

I have been reading Koontz books since the beginning of his career. This and the previous two books in this series are not the best Dean Koontz has done. I have trouble relating to the characters. Nothing like the Odd Thomas series and his other books. I will continue to plod through the series but not with great enthusiasm.

Hillsboro_ElizabethH Oct 28, 2018

Book number 3 in the Jane Hawk series is another page-turner! Her adventures are incredible, and her ruthless pursuit to bring the bad guys down is amazing.

Oct 02, 2018

Like Stephen King, Dean Koontz is one of America's best horror writers. Although this 462-page book has a strong female protagonist in Jane Hawk, Koontz stumbles here; I found the long-winded torture scenes unnecessary to the plot. The government elites, as expected, are working to enslave the populace (this has become a trite theme). It does end on an upbeat note: “...that : 'truth' [cruelty and horror] was the delusion of those for whom life was nothing more than a contest for power, who either could not see or refused to see the beauty and the wonder of the world, who wanted to find no meaning beyond themselves, who lived to control, to tell others what to do and think and believe, and who relished crushing those who would not submit. If it was inevitable that evolving technologies would provide them with the absolute power they craved, they must still be resisted.”

Jun 27, 2018

I picked this book up not realizing it was dependent on two novels preceding it (not the book's fault), but although it took a while to puzzle out the ongoing story, I still enjoyed the read. Jane Hawk is a bad ass ex-FBI agent on a mission to take down an evil cartel who mean to subjugate the world to their will by means of injecting a substance that transforms a human with free will into an obedient slave.
The action is hot and heavy throughout the book, with Jane chasing the bad actors and the bad actors on her trail.
Without giving anything away, the book ends on a cliffhanger regarding the safety of someone Jane cares about, so if you make io the end, you have pretty much committed yourself to reading the next book In the series.

Jun 01, 2018

Disappointing. If you haven't read the first 2 novels you have no idea what is going on. Too much action, there's no time to catch a breath or develop a character.

May 05, 2018

The Crooked Staircase, the third book in the Jane Hawk series is a powerful read.
Jane continues her fight against the Techno-Arcadians; the cabal mostly consisting of politicians, agents of secret/ law enforcement agencies, rich business people and techno inventors. They are evidently the worst word in the English language: elitists. Although Koontz is careful to point out that not every Ivy Leaguer, government employee, politician, wealthy business person, innovator, creative person or member of the mainstream press are malevolent elitists, his message is easy to read and seems to cater to the current political climate.
However, this particular group of evil elitists, the Techno-Arcadians, is looking to take over the world and form some sort of utopia; a really nasty type of utopia that seems to only benefit them. One way they are doing this is by destroying people with nanotechnology. These are people picked by a computer algorithm as possible future opponents; basically defined as people who can think and reason for themselves. Read the previous books; you owe it to yourself.
These villains are among the worst I’ve come across in many years of reading; and this from an author who excels in presenting some pretty scary villains. The two Techno-Arcadian hunters on the ground to find Jane or her little boy, Travis, are especially depraved.
Jane is still the loner on the run. A few months ago she was a loving wife, a mother and a respected FBI agent. The murder of her husband Nick by the Techno-Arcadians enraged Jane and put her into beserker mode. Her son Travis is in hiding and she has a star role on the list of Most Wanted for crimes running from murder to treason. However she has plans for some powerful payback. Man plans, God laughs, something Jane has forgotten. Something the villains may have forgotten too.
The story is written in alternating, short chapters with differing POVs. Not fun, but effective to read the mindset of the severely deranged.
It aggravates me that I enjoy Koontz’s books so much. His writing as usual is lyrical, and can be pure bone chilling. His descriptions can give James Lee Burke a run for his money; whether it is an area of Orange County or an escape across California wildernesses. My aggravation comes from his definition of elitists.
Fair warning, this book is dark, unrelentingly dark. Jane is forced to confront how far she will go to protect her son and in her quest to bring down the Techno -Arcadians. She will kill in self-defense, but will she cross other lines that seem worse? Koontz has come up with outcomes that actually are worse than death.
The Crooked Staricase crosses genres, easily jumping from thriller to science fiction to techno thriller. I wanted to sit there with pen and paper taking notes on all the information given on the ways I can be tracked, hacked, or eavesdropped on, making The Crooked Staircase chilling in ways other than just as a distopic story.
As to the title, I’ll let y’all discover that one on your own. I do advise constructing a couch pillow fort.
Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.


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Oct 02, 2018

Violence: Long-winded torture scenes. Murders.

Oct 02, 2018

Sexual Content: Rape, trafficking.


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