Author: Dean Koontz
The Beginning: A moment before the encounter, a strange expectancy overcame Grady Adams, a sense that he and Merlin were not alone.
The Friday 56: Few crimes occurred in this remote land, and those were mostly crimes of passion, seldom theft or vandalism. Consequently, Grady occasionally forgot to lock the workshop door.
He might have forgotten this time, but he hadn't left the door open, as it now stood. With the faintest click of claws, Merlin preceded his master across the threshold.
Comment: I'm not sure where this novel is headed, but it's got my interest!