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Odd Thomas

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“The dead don’t talk. I don’t know why.” But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn. Maybe he has a gift, maybe it’s a curse, Odd has never been sure, but he tries to do his best by the silent souls who seek him out. Sometimes they want justice, and Odd’s otherworldly tips to Pico Mundo’s sympathetic police chief, Wyatt Porter, can solve a crime. Occasionally they can prevent one. But this time it’s different. A mysterious man comes to town with a voracious appetite, a filing cabinet stuffed with information on the world’s worst killers, and a pack of hyena-like shades following him wherever he goes. Who the man is and what he wants, not even Odd’s deceased informants can tell him. His most ominous clue is a page ripped from a day-by-day calendar for August 15.

Today is August 14.

In less than twenty-four hours, Pico Mundo will awaken to a day of catastrophe. As evil coils under the searing desert sun, Odd travels through the shifting prisms of his world, struggling to avert a looming cataclysm with the aid of his soul mate and an unlikely community of allies that includes the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. His account of two shattering days when past and present, fate and destiny converge is the stuff of our worst nightmares—and a testament by which to live: sanely if not safely, with courage, humor, and a full heart that even in the darkness must persevere.

Reviews

"Once in a very great while, an author does everything right — as Koontz has in this marvelous novel. This is Koontz working at his pinnacle, providing terrific entertainment that deals seriously with some of the deepest themes of human existence: the nature of evil, the grip of fate and the power of love." — Publishers Weekly

"A curious mixture of whimsy, gentle humor and horror... [and] a hero who feels perfectly comfortable with the ghost of Elvis Presley and identifies, in equal parts, with Hamlet, Quasimodo and E. T." — The New York Times

"Taut and suspenseful ... gifted storytelling." — Chicago Sun-Times

"Koontz is a master of melding the supernatural with the commonplace, and in ODD THOMAS he's created a world that defies logic yet seems real." — The Boston Globe

"Dean Koontz tells such a sweet horror tale in ODD THOMAS that, despite the threat of mass slaughter, it can be described as heartwarming. What ultimately brings the story home is Koontz's plot, which delivers some stunning moments. There is much to fear in ODD THOMAS, including coming to its end more quickly than you'd wish. " — Daily News (New York)

"The new ODD THOMAS is one of Dean Koontz's best novels, right up there with DARK RIVERS OF THE HEART, INTESITY and FEAR NOTHING." — Denver Post