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Amazon signs book deal with Dean Koontz, with free collection coming in November

Tonya Garcia

Amazon.com Inc. said Monday that it has signed a five-book deal with best-selling author Dean Koontz, with the first book, "Devoted," coming next spring. Before that, a collection of six short thrillers called "Nameless" will be available for free to Prime members and Kindle Unlimited users on November 12. "Devoted" will introduce Megan Bookman, an artist and widow, her gifted golden retriever Kipp, and her autistic son Woody, who is after revenge for his father's murder. Amazon has previously published one of Koontz's short stories, "Ricochet Joe," on its Amazon Original Stories platform. It went on to be an Amazon Charts best-seller. Amazon stock is up 31% for the year to date while the S&P 500 index is up 19% for the period.