Thursday, October 18, 2012

Forgotten Book: V is for (The) Vision by Dean R. Koontz

He went out closing the door behind him, leaving her alone with Max.




Mary Bergen is a psychic who helps the police track down and capture serial-killers, at times right at the moment they are about to murder somebody. However, lately there has been a change in Mary's life. For long, it was her brother Alan who was her trusted lieutenant and companion but now Mary has married Max Bergen, a man with a habit of getting into fist-fights. With Max managing Mary's affairs, Alan feels left-out, also he harbours a suspicion that Max has married Mary merely for her money. As the tension between the two men simmers, Mary starts getting nightmarish visions which leave her in a physically weakened state. Could these visions have any relation with the sexual abuse that Mary suffered in her childhood and has suppressed ever since?

The problem with The Vision is that very early on, I realized what was going on and the identity of the killer. The false clues and red-herrings presented thereafter simply put my teeth on edge. But then I have never been fond of Koontz.

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First Line: GLOVES OF BLOOD'.

Title: The Vision

Author: Dean R. Koontz

Publication Details: London: Star Book, 1977

Pages: 270

Other Books read of the same author: Strangers

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The book can be purchased on the Net. It had been lying on my shelves since 1991.

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Submitted for the following challenges: A-Z (Titles), AZRC, Mount TBR, Mystery and Suspense, TBR Pile, Unread Book.

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Entry for letter V in the Crime Fiction Alphabet meme.

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Entry for Friday's Forgotten Books.

18 comments:

  1. Here's one author I have been meaning to read for a long time. A friend of mine lent me two books, one by Koontz whose title I don't recollect, and the other by Martin Cruz Smith, GORKY PARK, which I eventually picked up, read and liked. Koontz will have his day as yet.

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    1. Well, you are not missing much Prashant. :)

      I have heard of Gorky Park but have not read it. Is it a mystery? Is there any relation to the Russian writer?

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    2. Hell no, Neer! No relation to Maxim Gorky at all. GORKY PARK by Martin Cruz smith is a crime story about Moscow police detective Arkady Renko who solves a couple of murders (I think) in Gorky Park. Renko is a dark, brooding, non-conformist homicide sleuth who believes in fair play and not always on the side of the socialist regime he functions under. Renko appears in a few other books that are equally gripping. Cruz Smith, a terrific writer.

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    3. I rather like the sound of this anti-establishment figure. I'll see whether I can get a copy of the book. Thanks for the info.

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    4. Martin Cruz Smith has written some half-a-dozen Renko books of which I'd recommend, apart from GORKY PARK, POLAR STAR and HAVANA BAY. I'm sure you're going to like Renko who, in spite of his anti-establishment views, works within its confines.

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    5. Thanks Prashant for the suggestions. I am making to the libraries next week, and I'll see whether they have these books on their shelves.

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  2. I hven't read a novel by Koontz in at least a decade - I quite liked his stuff at one point (NIGHT CHILLS I remember particularly enjoying) but I'm not big on supernatural stories. Having said that I really enjoyed MEDIUM on TV so initially this sounded quite good - sorry to hear it didn;t live up to its promise.

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    1. Somehow I have lost interest in horror. The authors think that by adding macabre details they will be able to create horror. They couldn't be more wrong. The grisly details simply leave one disgusted.

      I also liked Koontz initially. Strangers was ok but then I read another one of his that I disliked immensely. I am just happy that this book is now off- the- shelf.:)

      Thanks for visiting.

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  3. I have never been interested in Koontz. I think he is too scary for me and I don't usually go for supernatural mixed into mysteries. So your review agrees with what I have been thinking... I don't have time to give him a try when there are so many other good authors (from my perspective) to read.

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    1. Hi Tracy

      Welcome back. I think horror should be subtle, the way it is in Rosemary's Baby, and The Monkey's Paw. You are so very right about there being a lack of time and so many authors to try. I too have given up on certain authors as there is simply no time.

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  4. I read THE VISION when it first appeared. Koontz is a pro and delivers emotional impacts in every one of his books I've read.

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    1. Hi George

      Thanks for visiting. I am sorry but I don't really agree with your evaluation of Koontz, but then where would we be if we all agreed all the time on all the issues?:)

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  5. Never read any Koontz. I've only seen movie adaptations of his books like that one with Ben Affleck as a sheriff and the evil presence killing the townspeople. Is that Phantoms? If you want to read a great thriller about psychics and serial killers that will completely mystify you, try NIGHT SCREAMS by Bill Pronzini and Barry N Malzberg. Excellent! A great mystery, very funny at times, and scares that really thrill you. Never boring or a let down at all.

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    1. Never read Koontz! This is news indeed!! I have no idea about his film adaptations having never seen one. I am not really into psycopath serial killers but I'll try NIGHT SCREAMS since you recommend it so highly. Thanks.

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    2. Neer, POLAR STAR is my favorite of Martin Cruz Smith's books, I highly recommend it.

      As for Koontz, it's always hit or miss with him. He's written on of my very favorite books of all time ODD THOMAS (VERY highly recommended by yours truly) and also some stinkers. But I must say that with about three or four of his books he has given me real reading pleasure.

      Off the top of my head I remember loving THE TAKING and LIFE EXPECTANCY. I read THE TAKING after finishing ODD THOMAS and I said to myself, there's more to Koontz than meets the eye.

      But you have to be selective.

      The only other Odd Thomas book I recommend is BROTHER ODD.

      Thanks for reminding me that I haven't read any Koontz in a while now. Time to take another look. :)

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    3. The first book of Koontz that I read was sTRANGERS. That was an okay read. But then there was another book of his that I read which was a total no-go. This one is also a total flop for me. But since ODD THOMAS is one of your all-time favourites, I think I'll search for a copy of it.:)

      I'll also look out for POLAR STAR. Thanks for all the recommendations.

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  6. Well that's a bummer. I don't usually have this problem, since I'm not well-read in mysteries. I can imagine it kind of ruins the experience. Here's hoping you find something better next time!

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    1. Thanks Melissa. The false trails and fake leads were a little OTT. Sometimes this ruse works and sometimes it doesn't. Now I just want to sink my teeth into another mystery.

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