I never fail to be amazed at the mind-bending twists and turns that each of Dean Koontz‘s books brings. Just when I thought his writing couldn’t get any weirder or stranger, along comes Dragon Tears. The title comes from an interesting Chinese quote mentioned several times in the book: “Sometimes life can be as bitter as dragon tears. But whether dragon tears are bitter or sweet depends entirely on how each man perceives the taste.”
Bryan Drackman is going to rule the world. He is perfect and all-powerful – literally. Able to manipulate time and matter, the twenty-year-old is the ultimate man. His only flaws are that he never really grew up and he has a passion for junk food. Unfortunately, police detectives and partners, Harry Lyon and Connie Gulliver, cross his path and anger him, setting in motion a deadly game that they cannot win.
Becoming different shape-shifting creatures, Bryan torments the homeless because no one will miss them when he destroys them and they are unlikely to report him either. Who would believe them anyway?
Sammy Shamroe sees the “ratman.” Janet Marco and her five-year-old son, Danny, see a threatening Laguna Beach cop. Woofer the stray dog sees “the bad man.” Connie and Harry see a disgusting giant vagrant. Only Jennifer, the blind, crazy woman in the nursing home, knows the truth.
Eventually all the tormented gather and plan Bryan’s demise. Woofer becomes an unlikely hero.
Lots of action and unbelievable suspense mark this novel. It’s a great read.