By Dean Koontz

REVIEWED BY BOB MEADOWS

THRILLER

Koontz’s fry-cook and amateur sleuth Odd Thomas returns for his third outing, and he still sees dead people. Some, like Elvis, just want to have fun, while others, whom Odd dubs “bodachs,” are prophets of doom. When Odd, who has taken shelter in a monastery that also houses special-needs children, detects the bad-news haints near the kids, he has to suss out and thwart the disaster. By the end of this poignant but quick-moving thriller, he’s marshaled forces including a Goodfella turned monk and, yes, the King of Rock and Roll to battle Death itself. Koontz deftly mixes humor with horror as he tackles the big questions: Can humans prove that God exists? And why is Elvis scared to go to Heaven?

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