Ghoulish but formulaic tale

Forever Odd, by Dean Koontz, HarperCollins, €16.

7th January, 2006

Forever Odd, by Dean Koontz, HarperCollins, €16.

Odd Thomas (the eponymous protagonist and hero of last year's big hit by Dean Koontz) is a sometime fry cook who sees ghosts. At the moment, he's particularly haunted by Elvis Presley, which is unexpected, because Odd doesn't live in Graceland, but in a small town in California.

Odd also sees bodachs. To anyone who knows Irish, a bodach is a big-bellied boor, but in California they seem...

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