A story about a young man working at a local diner as a short order cook. He has a supernatural gift of seeing the dead and these ghosts help him solve murders. Odd Thomas also sees black, wispy apparitions that appear around people, signaling pending death. A strange man appears in town and Thomas is alarmed and watchful. As the story unfolds, Odd Thomas is certain a mass killing is about to happen and he tries to warn those he thinks are in danger.
As somber as this tale is, it is told with much humor and I really enjoyed reading it.