Koryta certainly improved as a writer once he finished the LP series.
Lincoln Perry is a thoroughly unlikable character.
I did enjoy the plot. But not much else.
…a rising star on the Cleveland police force, Perry ended his career when he left one of the city’s prominent attorneys, Alex Jefferson, bleeding in the parking lot of his country club—retribution for his affair with Perry’s fiancée.
Now Jefferson is dead, the victim of a brutal murder, and his widow has called upon Perry for a favor he knows he shouldn’t accept but can’t turn down …
Bolitar is depicted as being a good agent for his clients, taking care of their needs and wants while being careful to not exploit them like bigger agencies. He also helps out clients in times of personal need, which often puts him in the role of “accidental detective.” …
Deal Breaker starts with Christian Steele, an NFL rookie quarterback, Myron’s prized client, getting a phone call from a former girlfriend, whom everyone, including the police, believes is dead.
Myron is plunged into a baffling mystery of sex and blackmail.
Harlan Coben went to High School with Chris Christie. To Amherst College with writer Dan Brown.
Odd is silently approached by the ghost of a young girl brutally raped and murdered, and through his unique ability to understand the dead, is psychically led to her killer, a former schoolmate named Harlo Landerson.
Koontz discloses how Odd was named and begins, layer by layer, to show how Odd’s dysfunctional upbringing has shaped his life, and as those details are uncovered, his supernatural abilities begin to make more sense.
The ghost of Elvis hangs around Odd’s apartment, for example.
“I see dead people. But then, by God, I do something about it.” – Odd Thomas pg. 32
Though the book is simplistic and silly in some ways, I really enjoyed it.
Some of the characters are interesting.
Little Ozzie, for example, a philosopher and obese gourmet cook.
Chief Wyatt Porter is good. I do like the love interest, Stormy Llewellyn.