Nancy Keane's Booktalks -- Quick and Simple
Koontz, Dean.
New York : Bantam Books, 2003
ISBN 0553802496
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Odd Thomas sees dead people. The person might be Elvis, who occasionally visits him. Or, he might be Tom Jedd, a local stonemason who dies in a car crash and now wanders about Tire World, scratching himself and waving to Odd with his severed arm. But, as Odd says, when he sees one, he tries to do something that will help the spirit move on.

Odd knows he has a gift.

But, this twenty-year-old short order cook from Pico Mundo California also sees ghost-like shades he calls bodachs. He sees them right about the same time as something violent is about to occur. The more bodachs, the worse the impending doom.

And, Odd is seeing more bodachs than he has ever seen before.They seem to have arrived in this hot, sleepy little town along with the pasty-faced stranger Odd calls Fungus Man. Searching for why, Odd will enlist the help from many friends, including the police chief and his beloved girlfriend Stormy.

He reveals utter evil, yet his actions will demonstrate the pure qualities of loyalty and true love.

Did I mention that what Odd finds is not for the faint of heart? Do not read this book if you are squeamish or have an aversion to violence.

Do read this book if you enjoy a bone-rattling mystery, filled with quirky characters, a healthy dose of humor, and tightly-strung suspense.  (Booktalk by Kathy Caldwell, Bainbridge Island High School  Used with permission  Georgia Peach Book Awards, 2006-2007)

SUBJECTS:     Cooks -- Fiction.
                        Mediums -- Fiction.
                        Deserts -- Fiction.
                        Young men -- Fiction.
                        Murderers -- Fiction.
                        Psychological fiction.
                        Horror fiction.
                        Love stories.
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