Bantam, Dec 2004, 27.00, 401 pp.
In Snow Hospital in Snow County, Colorado, dying Josef Tock makes ten predictions about his unborn grandson who is also in the hospital about to leave the womb. Of the forecasts, the most ominous is that Jimmy will face five terrible days in his future. Jimmy is born at the same moment his father dies. His father Rudy soon learns how accurate the predictions are as Josef stated the height and weight of his grandson. On that same day at the same location, a circus clown goes on a killing rampage.
Two decades later, Jimmy is in the library when seemingly the same clown from twenty years ago and two accomplices shoot the librarian and capture Jimmy and Lorrie Lynn Hicks. Explosives are placed in tunnels that link the library underground to the courthouse. Jimmy knows he will survive this ordeal because he believes a terrible two days awaits him in the future. However, he ponders what could happen to those he cares about like Lorrie Lynn when a terrible day occurs and what will happen to him when terrible day five happens?
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner