The Bad Place

  • by Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by Carol Cowan, Michael Hanson
  • 15 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Frank Pollard awakens in an alley, knowing nothing but his name - and that he is in great danger. Having taken refuge in a motel, he wakes again only to find his hands covered in blood. As far as he knows, he's no killer. But whose blood is this, and how did it get there?Over the next few days Frank develops a fear of sleep, because each time he wakes, he discovers strange objects in his hands and pockets - objects far more frightening than blood.Husband-and-wife detective team Bobby and Julie Dakota specialize in high-ticket corporate security investigations, but when a distraught and desperate Frank Pollard begs them to watch over him, they can't refuse. Out of compassion - and curiosity - they agree to get to the bottom of his mysterious, amnesiac fugues.It seems a simple job: just follow a client who wants to be watched and tell him where he winds up. But as the Dakotas begin to discover where their client goes when he sleeps, they are drawn slowly into ever-darkening realms where they encounter the ominous figure stalking Frank. Their lives are threatened, as is that of Julie's gentle, Down's-syndrome brother, Thomas.To Thomas, death is "the bad place" from which there is no return. But Julie and Bobby - and their tortured client - ultimately learn that equally bad places exist in the world of the living, places so steeped in evil that, in contrast ,death seems almost a relief.


What the Critics Say

"A master storyteller, sometimes humorous, sometimes shocking, but always riveting. His characters sparkle with life. And his fast-paced plots are wonderfully fiendish, taking unexpected twists and turns." (The San Diego Union-Tribune)


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very interesting, great characters, great story. don't always enjoy all of his books, but this one is a MUST. good pace. never boring.
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- Debra


This is perverted crap.

Can I be more clear? How about a psychotic cretin, excitedly eating the throat of a 15 year old girl, drinking her blood - then identically butchering her 17 year old brother. I leapt from the shower (the only reason that this much demented dung sprayed out) and stopped this thing as the monster found their mother asleep in her bed as well.

Worse, Koontz plays the scene through the satisfied pleasure the monster felt with each gulp of blood and flesh: Shared with us his first-person intimate pleasures in these acts.

Audible recommended this excrement to me. I even hesitate to post this review. Why? There is a reason that talk radio hosts do not invite KKK members for debate. Klansmen do not care that the host will humiliate and discredit their views. They only want the publicity to let other similarly dangerous cretins find, and join their racist crusades.

Koontz is like them in his apparent mission to assemble a profitable army of sadists. Reviews of his work allow him to prowl for like-minds and feed their imaginations. This is disgusting stuff. I wonder if Koontz writes this carnage for therapy or to incite? Regardless, I shall return "The Bad Place" and warn you to not go anywhere near it. The book's aptly named.
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- Ted "Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-10-2008
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio