Nothing in 20-year-old Odd Thomas' life has been ordinary or usual, including his name. Odd is an exceptional fry cook at the Grille in Pico Mundo, California. He's in love with his soul mate, Stormy Llewellyn, and has a close friendship with Police Chief Wyatt Porter. This friendship is important because of Odd's very unique gift. He sees dead people who don't physically speak but who can point Odd to their killers.

One August morning, after helping Chief Porter capture the killer of a teenage girl, Odd heads to work. There, a stranger comes into the restaurant. What catches Odd's eye is that this stranger is surrounded by bodach, or evil spirits. Knowing that these spirits feed on terror and death, Odd suspects something truly awful is about to happen in Pico Mundo. Can Odd discover what in time?

Koontz outdoes himself with this extraordinarily exciting, touching and poignant novel. Odd Thomas is a fascinating and sympathetic character whose life and adventures are engrossing. Unforgettable! (Jan., 401 pp., $26.95)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith