The Crooked Staircase - Dean Koontz

The Crooked Staircase

By Dean Koontz

  • Release Date: 2018-05-08
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 70 Ratings


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • 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 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 The Crooked Staircase

“An absorbing thriller full of fresh touches . . . Writing his unusual heroine, Koontz keeps the pages alive with attitude as well as action. . . . For Hawk, who is as fearless as she is beautiful, no obstacle is too great, especially with the well-being of her hidden-away five-year-old son on her mind.”Kirkus Reviews

“Spellbinding . . . Beautifully plotted and written with notable care and flare . . . The Hawk series . . . is among [Koontz’s] best work.”—Booklist (starred review)

“Unrelenting . . . [Jane] rivets readers’ attention. . . . Michael Crichton fans and thriller aficionados who appreciate a fierce female protagonist . . . should be urged to meet Jane Hawk.”Library Journal


  • The Crooked Staircase

    By Tarverp
    This book did not have a satisfactory ending. I was left disappointed and kept looking for another chapter to wrap things up. Will not be reading more of this author.
  • The crooked stair

    By Dixie Doodle 🐶
    Hello, I am a big fan of your books. I have read all three and I am very much anticipating your new book and the Jane Hawk series. This is a book that I could not put down until I get to the end .Mr. Koontz you are an incredible writer and I’m so glad for your work. Thank you. Now I’d like to say something about the series your books are so rich with all of the senses. When I read I am lucky enough to visualize your writing and be in the book as an observer. Jane Hawk series is thrilling beyond words. I was moved to tears and so much more. Thank you for your work please keep writing. Your devoted fan Vickie Tackett
  • Beautiful prose....slow and predictable plot

    By read and relax
    This one disappointed ...after all these years reading Koontz. The plot line took a long time to develop, and was completely predictable by the middle of the book. What motivated me to continue to read it was Koontz’s writing style, but I found that that was far from satisfying when I finally finished
  • Crooked Jane

    By liliputian dwarf reading
    I hated to see it end. It was great. Everything that could have gone wrong did. I wonder if there’s going to be any coming back from this threat to humanity.
  • Books need an ending

    By Dean has found a new character to write about and it’s a dandy but don’t be one of those desperate writers who never end a book. Maybe just maybe you can conjure up a new character to write about AND GIVE US AN ENDING TO THIS ONE! Trust me I won’t buy the next one until I read a review about an ENDING. I’m not a sucker that will keep buying an unending story.
  • Intense

    By pegg12
    The Crooked Staircase is a dark, riveting and intense thriller, crafted with numerous twists and surprises. I was delighted to find that even though, I hadn’t read the first two books in the series, the plot was easy to follow. Jane Hawk and her five-year-old son, Travis, were in grave danger of being caught, by corrupt government agents. These agents were known as Techno Arcadians. They were capturing and injecting the people on their list, with a mind-altering drug, which not only took away free-will but permanently changed their brain. The Arcadian’s goal was to accomplish World Utopia, through mind-control. Former FBI agent, Jane Hawk, lost her husband, because of these evil-doers, and she was ready to have her revenge. As much as it pained Jane to leave her son with Gavin and Jessie, it was better than giving the Arcadians a chance to kidnap him. But, what if these corrupt men were to find Gavin and Jessie, and therefore, Travis, before Jane could bring them down? Like many readers, I’m not a fan of cliff-hangers. I like to know before starting a book if the story ends in one. Be warned. This book does. All and all, though, I found The Crooked Staircase to be an entertaining, dark, creepy, and fast-paced read. Thank you, Ballantine Publishing and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.