Dean Koontz

Dean Koontz compares Real Life & Fiction by Brent M. Jones


In Dean Koontz's book, The Crooked Staircase, the little boy Travis is hiding out in a fortified bunker below the ground with a "End of Times" recluse, Cornell Jasperson who had no need for the world above spending his days reading.

Cornell has just finished reading the complete works of philosopher Immanual Kant and has on his table a Nero Wolfe mystery, a fictional character created in 1934 by American mystery writer Rex Stout.

He mentions his interest in reading all one hundred andd twenty plus books of Henry James, having found "The Turn of the Screw", very screwy. 

Cornell says he understands about lying low as he mentions the Wolfe stories.  Gavin leans forward in his chair and says, "This is real life now, Cornell. Real bad people, a real threat, not a story by Dickens."

Cornell replies, "There is no meaningful difference, cousin. I think Plato might agree. Except he's dead. When I return to reading fiction, which I hope to do in just a minute or two, it is my real life. 

Did Koontz use this dialog to shape an eccentric character or to put action novels on more of a par with the classics? 

Books Reviewed on this Site Click Title to Link

The Forbidden Door

The Good Guy

The Crooked Staircase 

The Silent Corner

The Taking

The Husband

Odd Hours