Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz is a suspenseful mystery novel and marked the debut of a series with the same title. The book introduced the peculiar character of twenty-something Odd Thomas. What makes him special is his ability to perceive the presence of spirits of the dead. However it is somehow problematical because the spirits cannot actually talk to him. This often leads Thomas into difficult situations.
Cover and Details of Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz (PDF)
- Title: Odd Thomas
- Author: Dean Koontz
- Publisher: Bantam
- Date Published: August 29, 2006
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553384287
- ISBN-13: 9780553384284
Summary of the Book
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. Sometimes the silent souls who seek out Odd want justice. Occasionally their otherworldly tips help him prevent a crime. But this time it’s different.
A stranger comes to Pico Mundo, accompanied by a horde of hyena-like shades who herald an imminent catastrophe. Aided by his soul mate, Stormy Llewellyn, and an unlikely community of allies that includes the King of Rock ’n’ Roll, Odd will race against time to thwart the gathering evil. His account of these shattering hours, in which past and present, fate and destiny, converge, is a testament by which to live—an unforgettable fable for our time destined to rank among Dean Koontz’s most enduring works.
Reviews of Odd Thomas
“As with Koontz’s best novels, this one features electrifying tension and suspense, plus a few walloping surprises. But Koontz fans know that the author has recently added humor to his arsenal of effects, and this thriller also stands out for its brilliant tightrope walk between the amusing and the macabre; one of the dead with whom Odd interacts frequently, for instance, is Elvis, still pining for his long-dead mother, Gladys. Above all, the story, like most great stories, runs on character-and here Koontz has created a hero whose honest, humble voice will resonate with many. In some recent books, Koontz has tended to overwrite, but not here: the narrative is as simple and clear as a newborn’s gaze. 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
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