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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.

©2003 Dean Koontz; (P)2003 Random House, Inc., Random House Audio, A Division Of Random House, Inc.

Critic 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." (Publishers Weekly)
"A curious mixture of whimsy, gentle humor, and horror...It is the casual weirdness on display here, rife with bodachs and other signs of a Vonnegut-style fancifulness, that gives Odd Thomas its principal appeal." (The New York Times)
"This quirky and touching story of a 20-year-old short order cook with paranormal abilities is spun with stylistic grace by Dean Koontz, and read in an innocent, unaffected style by David Aaron Baker." (AudioFile)

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  • David
  • Hemet, CA, USA
  • 12-02-05

A Great Listen

Koontz is still great. The reader becomes Odd Thomas and was perfect for this book. I can't wait to hear the next Odd Thomas book with the same reader.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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A MUST READ - Better than

This funny, mysterious, tear jerking story will suprise you. Koontz is a grandmaster entertainer! Stephen King, WATCH OUT!!! It's a good thing he retired. ;o)~

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  • Alan
  • Roswell, GA, USA
  • 09-05-05


As some of the reviews have pointed out, this is not a typical Koontz book and that is a very good thing! This was my first Koontz and it is the only one I remotely enjoyed. Well worth the listen!

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  • Edmund
  • Lake Worth , FL, USA
  • 08-11-05

A pleasant surprise

I'm not a Koontz fan, but this one was worth the listen and even had me gripping my seat a few times. As I'm sure many others have, I took it based on the stellar reviews and was pleased to find myself agreeing with them throughout. If you need a break from your usual genre, this is a very good tipple.

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  • David
  • Mauldin, SC, USA
  • 08-09-05

Good but not great

Odd Thomas is a good book but its not a good Dean Koontz book. When I picked it out I was expecting something with a little more bite in it. Something that got my adrenaline going like Dragon Tears or Tick-Tock. Its still a good book, it was just an unexpected change of pace.

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Wonderful Narrative/Narrator

Immensely entertaining. Koontz has great style and prose, Baker's delivery is gentle but well modulated, with each character given the right amount of distinction. Expect both smiles and tears, and a few goose-bumps!

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  • Paul
  • Edison, NJ, USA
  • 07-11-05


Great story. I got a little bored at times because the reader was a bit non-excited, which I guess fit the main character. The reader could have had more engery during the exciting parts though. I guess that's my only complaint.

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  • Rick
  • Homestead, FL, United States
  • 06-19-05

weirdly exciting

Not having read or listened to this author I found it to start a little slow, but then he sank the hook. Once that happened I could not stop. I really enjoyed not only the story but how it was told. Two thumbs up for Odd Thomas

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  • John
  • Draper, UT, USA
  • 06-15-05


This story pulled me in from the first few minutes. I felt addicted as I listened to it every time I had some free time. The story was great, though there were times the descriptions seemed a bit long. The reader did a great job also, using many differing tones for each character. I started to know who was talking just from the readers voice. Excellent all around.

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When the narrator in this book becomes Odd Thomas, you instantly feel drawn to the young man who narrates the story. You are given over to the story even as the story starts to get inside you.

If you let yourself, this book will take you through a complex set of emotions that you don't really understand. Only after you've had time to reflect on the events and the characters do you really understand that Odd Thomas is more a love story than anything else. The themes of Koonz's books are getting better, and they are becoming so much more enjoyable.

I thoroughly recommend this book.