As you know from previous books, Odd collects "strange" around him and when he is confronted by a rhinestone-wearing gun-toting cowboy trucker that seems to materialize out of thin air, Odd is curious. What is more interesting is that this trucker seems to flitter between reality and wherever / elsewhere. It is Odd's self-appointed duty to find him and prevent him from fulfilling his plans of murdering three young children that only Odd can see happening.
As in the previous books, Odd's traveling companion is always a unique twist. This outing, we are visited by the ghost of Alfred Hitchcock.
As with anything that Dean Koontz writes, you will have to bear with his tendency to be easily distracted and take the reader on an unnecessary path before bringing you right back to where you had started.
As Odd tracks his adversary, the reader is taken on a longer than necessary tour of California as good tracks evil. There is very dry humor, interesting characters, ghost dogs, even an eighty six year old woman in need of a chauffeur that had a dream about Odd many years ago.
With Koontz, you get what you get. You either love him or hate him. You either look forward to his next book or mourn the great books of his past. If you do attempt the Odd series, you have to start at the beginning since Koontz doe tend to draw on previous Odd Thomas books and you will be lost without knowing what the reference is about.
There is one moment in the book that lovers of old Koontz will get a chuckle out of. Odd comments on a book "Twilight Eyes" which he has read and if you have been following Koontz for a while, you will remember that he wrote this book back in the 80's. As a side note, because of that book, I am still creeped out by carnivals.