The City by Dean Koontz

Posted January 9, 2015 by The Book & Alcohol Girls in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

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Genres: Mystery & Detective, Thrillers
The City Book Cover The City
Dean Koontz
Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
Random House

The city changed my life and showed me that the world is deeply mysterious. I need to tell you about her and some terrible things and wonderful things and amazing things that happened . . . and how I am still haunted by them. Including one night when I died and woke and lived again.

Here is the riveting, soul-stirring story of Jonah Kirk, son of an exceptional singer, grandson of a formidable “piano man,” a musical prodigy beginning to explore his own gifts when he crosses a group of extremely dangerous people, with shattering consequences. Set in a more innocent time not so long ago, The City encompasses a lifetime but unfolds over three extraordinary, heart-racing years of tribulation and triumph, in which Jonah first grasps the electrifying power of music and art, of enduring friendship, of everyday heroes.

The unforgettable saga of a young man coming of age within a remarkable family, and a shimmering portrait of the world that shaped him, The Cityis a novel that speaks to everyone, a dazzling realization of the evergreen dreams we all share. Brilliantly illumined by magic dark and light, it’s a place where enchantment and malice entwine, courage and honor are found in the most unexpected quarters, and the way forward lies buried deep inside the heart.


Black kid in the city?  Check.  Deadbeat Dad?  Check.  Hard working Mother trying to make ends meet?  Check.  1960’s with the world in turmoil?  Check.  With the deck stacked against him, Jonah will face hardship, despair, fear and anger, but he may just come out of it all with the meaning of life and love.

Nine Year Old Boy Life

Work that JuJu Ms. Pearl

Piano man

The City is a novel by Dean Koontz.  It is a fictional, autobiographical, talked out story by one Jonah Ellington Basie Hines Eldridge Wilson Hampton Armstrong Kirk.  Yes, you read that right, he has 9 names.  It is set in the 1960’s where a nine year old Jonah is learning the ways of the world.  Strong moral values taught by his mother and grandparents are his guide as strange events start to unfold.  Deeper and Deeper into mystery and intrigue Jonah struggles to piece together a plot that may end up being the end of those he loves, and maybe even himself.

 To Pee Without Help

Anything is Possible


In typical Dean Koontz fashion the words on the page are beautifully descriptive and inspire you to day dream through the book as you image the pictures that are painted for you.  My problem with the book is that it is so drawn out.  The book is not long in pages for a Koontz book but it feels long, I mean really long.  Lots of words, lots of description, not a lot happening.  As I was reading the book, there were times (more than once) when I wondered to myself “When is something going to happen?” In 350 pages there were maybe 3 or 4 times I was like “Now we are getting somewhere”, then it was gone.  Near the end of the book you reach a climax that leaves you with the feeling that something else is going to happen, then nothing.  The story winds down and it is over.  Maybe because it is a Dean Koontz book I was expecting more thrills, I don’t know.

 The City Dean Koontz

Descriptive as Usual

Interesting Read

After all the bad things I just said, I did NOT dislike this book.  It did seem long, but the story of a young black kid’s life in the 60’s was interesting.  The characters were wonderful as usual for Koontz.  His knack for making a fictional character seem real is fantastic. The moral of the story was great, that was my favorite part.  The book was just too drawn out with too few thrills for my taste.  I would recommend this book with a disclaimer that it is not your normal death is a heartbeat away Dean Koontz book.


3 ½ stars and with the jazz and haikus you’ll need a whiskey sour for this one.

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