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In Odd We Trust    by Dean Koontz & Queenie Chan order for
In Odd We Trust
by Dean Koontz
Order:  USA  Can
Del Rey, 2008 (2008)
Hardcover, Softcover
* *   Reviewed by Ricki Marking-Camuto

In Odd We Trust is a manga-style graphic novel featuring the protagonist of Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas series. Although In Odd We Trust features Odd Thomas, it is a brand new adventure for him, co-written by Dean Koontz and illustrator Queenie Chan.

Odd Thomas is a fry cook known for his pancakes. There is something else he is known for, too he can see the dead. This ability has helped him assist Police Chief Porter in solving many crimes. The most recent one involves a boy for whom Sherry - best friend of Odd's girlfriend Stormy - babysits. It appears that the murder is a result of threatening letters that Sherry has been receiving, but that the police have done nothing about. Now that the stalking has escalated into child-killing, the police are on it, even though half of the force is preoccupied with security for a big parade. However, Sherry is still not receiving much protection, so Odd and Stormy jump in to help her out, risking their lives in the process.

In Odd We Trust is a very fun story with likeable characters. Chan's art has a nice manga-ish style to it that complements the story very well. Chan has a talent for creating slightly dark stories with artwork that effortlessly sets the mood. While her character designs are well-executed, I do wish that the characters were more emotive in their facial expressions. For this reason, Angelica, the bratty little girl for whom Sherry sits, is my favorite character because her emotions clearly show in her face and body language.

Even if you are not familiar with Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas series, In Odd We Trust is an easy book to pick up and immediately get into, making it a fun summer read.

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