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“If you like Mary Higgins Clark, you’ll love Wendy Corsi Staub.”
—Lisa Jackson, bestselling author of Devious

One of the most exciting of the new breed of thriller and suspense writers, Wendy Corsi Staub asks, “Are you ever truly safe...even in your own home?” With Nightwatcher, the acclaimed, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Hell to Pay delivers a ripped-from-the-headlines masterwork of suspense, the first book in an electrifying new series. Intense, powerful, and refreshingly original, Nightwatcher returns to the site of America’s worst national nightmare—New York City on September 11, 2001—as a serial killer, plying his bloody trade in  the chaos following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, operates unnoticed by everyone…except for one frightened woman who has seen his face. Author Lee Child has called her work, “solid gold suspense,” and any reader who’s ever stayed up late, devouring the novels of Lisa Jackson and Lisa Gardner with every light on in the house, should prepare to lose even more sleep over Wendy Corsi Staub’s Nightwatcher.

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Aug 28, 2012
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Sacramento, California 1989. Leon Sherwood arrives home from high school at the end of his junior year and discovers his parents are dead. After the funeral, a court order makes him live with his aunt, Lilly Furman, who is a spinster and considers Leon an annoyance in her life. He began his senior year at a new high school and he dreamed of going to Purdue and majoring in Engineering.

Leon meets Darlene Leftish and they become lovers. When it became time to go to the senior prom, Darlene chose to go with someone else. In a fit of rage, Leon kills her. His aunt was sure he was guilty of the murder and told the police as much. Leon kills his aunt and leaves town in her car. Over the next six years, he murders twenty-one women. His handsome looks and charisma lure women to him.

While Leon crisscrosses the country, he commits more murders. The FBI and state law enforcement agencies are hunting for him.

Charlie Evans and Rita Davis went through the FBI Academy together. Charlie helped her get in shape for the physical test. Charlie was assigned to Atlanta and Rita went to Los Angeles. Soon after, Charlie marries his fianc. When his wife gets pregnant, they are ecstatic. But the baby was stillborn and his wife died of heartbreak and cancer. Charlie resigned from the FBI, became a lawyer, and moved to Sacramento. Charlie often flew to Los Angeles on business. On one of those trips, he meets up with Rita. Rita invites Charlie to a meeting with West Coast agents that are looking for a pattern to determine where Leon will strike next. Charlie reads the map and looks at the pins that identify Leons murders. He concludes that there is no answer as to where he will strike next, but he does say that Leon will return to Sacramento.

It takes time for Charlie to overcome the loss of his wife and child, but over the following years, he and Rita become lovers.

Jane Hawk’s one-woman war comes to an explosive climax as the rogue FBI agent gambles everything against a terrifying conspiracy, for vengeance, for justice, and for humanity’s freedom—from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Silent Corner.
“Jane Hawk is arguably the best character Koontz has created. . . . Simply put, wow.”—Associated Press
A visionary young filmmaker hunted for sport across a vast Colorado ranch by the celebrated billionaire at the heart of a monstrous cabal . . .
A brilliant computer hacker slipping through top-secret databases a whisper ahead of security trackers, gathering the facts to fight the all-powerful perpetrators of mass murder . . .
A pair of brutal operators, methodically shadowing their targets with every cutting-edge tool in the arsenal of today’s surveillance state . . .
A sequence of quiet heroes—everyday citizens—stepping up, stepping forward, intent on countering the advancing darkness . . .
A Vegas mob boss teamed with a homicidal sociopath, circling a beloved boy and his protectors, aiming to secure him as leverage against his fugitive mother . . .
And that fugitive mother herself, ex-agent Jane Hawk, closing in on the malevolent architects of ruin she has stalked as they stalk her, prepared to sacrifice herself to finally bring them down.
These are the people and circumstances of The Night Window, the thrilling new novel in Dean Koontz’s acclaimed Jane Hawk series. Replete—and then some—with the ingenious twists, the spellbinding action, the resonant themes, the sheer heart that have characterized Jane’s journey from the start, The Night Window follows its extraordinary heroine to her long-sought objective, in a stunning, unforgettable finale. 
Don’t miss any of Dean Koontz’s gripping Jane Hawk thrillers:
“The spectacular finale to Jane’s story . . . will hit series fans with all the impact of a carefully calibrated hammer blow.”—Booklist (starred review)
“The best installment in the series since the first . . . [Koontz] revs it up with entertaining encounters and offbeat humor.”—Kirkus Reviews
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