Seize the Night: A Novel (Christopher Snow)

By Dean Koontz

There are not any principles at midnight, no position to think secure, no get away from the shadows. yet to avoid wasting the day, you need to grab the night.
At no time does Moonlight Bay glance extra appealing than at evening. but it's accurately then that the secluded little city finds its threat. Now kids are disappearing. From their houses. From the streets. And there’s not anything their households can do approximately it. simply because in Moonlight Bay, the police paintings their toughest to hide crimes and silence sufferers. it doesn't matter what occurs within the evening, their activity is to make sure that not anything disturbs the peace and quiet of Moonlight Bay.
Christopher Snow isn’t fearful of the darkish. pressured to stay within the shadows due to an extraordinary genetic disease, he is aware the evening international greater than somebody. He believes the misplaced teenagers are nonetheless alive and that their disappearance is attached to the town’s so much conscientiously stored, such a lot ominous secret—a mystery in basic terms he can discover, a mystery that might strength him to confront an adversary at one with the main risky darkness of all: the darkness contained in the human heart.

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As I approached the Jeep, the moon sank in the back of the clouds within the west, so as regards to the horizon now that it used to be not going to reappear, yet even from a block away, i'll in actual fact see Bobby sitting at the back of the steerage wheel. we're the similar peak and weight. even supposing my hair is blond and his is darkish brown, even if my eyes are faded blue and his are so raven black they've got blue highlights, we will cross for brothers. we have now been each one other’s closest pal in view that we have been 11, and so possibly we've got grown alike in lots of methods. We stand, sit down, and circulate with a similar posture and on the related speed; i believe the reason for this is that we've spent a lot time browsing, in sync with the ocean. Sasha insists we now have “catlike grace,” which i feel flatters us an excessive amount of, yet even though catlike we might or will not be, neither people beverages milk from a saucer or prefers a clutter field to a rest room. I went to the passenger facet, grabbed the roll bar, and swung into the Jeep with out commencing the low door. I needed to paintings my ft round a small Styrofoam cooler at the ground in entrance of the seat. Bobby used to be donning khakis, a long-sleeve white cotton pullover, and a Hawaiian shirt—he owns no different style—over the skinny sweater. He was once ingesting a Heineken. even though I had by no means obvious Bobby inebriated, I stated, “Hope you’re no longer too mellow. ” with out taking a look clear of the road, he acknowledged, “Mellow isn’t like dumb or ugly,” which means the note too shouldn't ever be used to switch it. The evening used to be pleasantly cool yet no longer crisp, so I acknowledged, “Flow me a Heinie? ” “Go for it. ” I fished a bottle out of the ice within the cooler and twisted off the cap. I hadn’t discovered how thirsty i used to be. The beer washed the lingering bitterness out of my mouth. Bobby glanced on the rearview reflect for a second, then lower back his recognition to the road in entrance people. Braced among the seats, aimed at the rear of the Jeep, was once a pistol-grip, pump-action shotgun. “Beer and guns,” I stated, shaking my head. “We’re evidently no longer Amish. ” “You are available by means of the river like I acknowledged? ” “Yeah. ” “How’d you force in the course of the fence? ” “Cut the opening greater. ” “I anticipated you to stroll in. ” “Too challenging to hold the cooler. ” “I bet we would desire the speed,” I conceded, contemplating the scale of the world to be searched. He stated, “You odor greatest genuine, bro. ” “Worked at it. ” From the rearview replicate dangled a bright-yellow air freshener formed like a banana. Bobby slipped it off the replicate and hung it from my left ear. occasionally he's too humorous for his personal stable. I wouldn’t gift him with fun. “It’s a banana,” I acknowledged, “but it smells like a pine tree. ” “That previous American ingenuity. ” “Nothing love it. ” “We positioned males at the moon. ” “We invented chocolate-flavored breakfast cereal. ” “Don’t omit plastic vomit. ” “Funniest gag ever,” I stated. Bobby and that i solemnly clinked bottles in a patriotic toast and took lengthy swallows of beer. even if i used to be, on one point, frantic to discover Orson and Jimmy, at the floor I fell into the languid pace through which Bobby lives. he's so laid again that if he visited a person in a clinic, the nurses may possibly mistake him for a sufferer in a coma, shuck him out of his Hawaiian blouse, and slide him right into a backless mattress costume earlier than he may well right their misapprehension.

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