Seize the Night by Dean Koontz

Seize the Night (1999)

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Publisher: Bantam    
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  In Moonlight Bay, California, children are disappearing. From their homes. From the streets. The police cannot be trusted to solve the mystery because, in Moonlight Bay, the police are more likely to conceal the crime than catch the perpetrator.

Christopher Snow, whose rare genetic disorder - xeroderma pigmentosum - leaves him dangerously vulnerable to light, believes the missing children are still alive, and it is up to him to find them. And quickly. He knows the disappearances have something to do with the clandestine scientific experiments at the nearby abandoned military base, Fort Wyvern. Helped by his friends, and his exceptional dog, Orson, Chris challenges those who would conceal the most heinous crimes in order to keep the secrets of Fort Wyvern. But Chris's greatest advantage is that, forced to live a life in the shadows, he knows the night better than anyone, better even than his adversaries.

A must-read novel that will stay in the reader's mind long after the book is finished, Seize the Night is both a stand-alone thriller and the sequel to the acclaimed international bestseller, Fear Nothing.
First Paragraph:        
  Elsewhere, night falls, but in Moonlight Bay it steals upon us with barely a whisper, like a gentle dark-sapphire surf licking a beach. At dawn, when the night retreats across the pacific toward distant Asia, it is reluctant to go, leaving deep black pools in alleyways, under parked cars, in culverts, and beneath the leafy canopies of ancient oaks.

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