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The Darkest Evening of the Year

The Darkest Evening of the Year is a novel by the author Dean Koontz, released on November 27, 2007. The title is a possible allusion to Robert Frost's "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening".

The Darkest Evening of the Year
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AuthorDean Koontz
CountryUnited States
GenrePsychological thriller
PublisherBantam Books
Publication date
November 27, 2007
Media typePrint (hardback)
Pages352 pp (1st edition, hardback)
ISBN0-553-80482-0 (1st edition, hardback)
813/.54 22
LC ClassPS3561.O55 D287 2007


Amy Redwing's risk-taking on behalf of desperate dogs is legendary. With money she inherited from a source she will never discuss, she founded and runs a group that rescues abandoned or abused golden retrievers. She has a treasury of astonishing rescue stories—a friend tells her she'll be broke by the time she's 40 if she carries on funding the work. Is it this reckless devotion to her work that prevents her making a commitment to the love of her life, Brian McCarthy? It seems so when a particularly thrilling and bizarre rescue brings Nickie into her care. Nickie is instantly recognized as pack leader by Amy's own two dogs, and her bond with Amy is like no other dog's. But at this moment of joy an unknown and dangerous person arrives on the scene.

Evidence mounts up that Amy is being pursued by those who wish her, Brian and her dogs harm. A handful of murderers are after Brian and Amy, stealing, spying and murdering anyone who gets in their way.

Brian and Amy try and work past their respective dark pasts in order to save each other, their dogs and other innocents caught in the mess.