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|The Dark Tower character|
|First appearance||The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three|
|Last appearance||The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower|
|Created by||Stephen King|
|Nickname(s)||Odetta Holmes, Detta Walker|
|Occupation||Member of Rolands's Ka-tet|
Susannah Odetta Holmes Dean (also referred to as Odetta Holmes and Detta Walker) is a fictional character from Stephen King's The Dark Tower series. She is introduced in The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three and continues as a main character for the remainder of the story.
In New York
At the age of five, Odetta falls into a coma when a sociopath named Jack Mort dropped a brick onto her head from the top of a building. Out of this traumatizing incident, Odetta's damaged mind creates a completely separate personality named Detta Walker.
The disparity between Odetta's two personalities approaches the level of polar opposites. Odetta is a refined, morally righteous intellectual who participates in civil rights protests, while Detta is a violent, base individual ruled by sexual desire and fueled by hatred towards the white people Odetta passively resists. The two personalities are completely unaware of each other's existence.
In an ironic twist of fate, Jack Mort (presumably, though never explicitly stated, unaware of the coincidence) attempts to kill Odetta again 20 years later by pushing her in front of the A-train at Christopher Street station. At the last second a man pulls her out of the way, though her legs are severed by the train, restricting her to a wheelchair for the rest of her life.
It is at this point that the Detta Walker personality begins to assert more control over their shared mind. For the three years following the loss of her legs, Odetta experiences blackouts which her intellect fills in with fictional events. Detta, too, suffers the same effects when not in control and realizes periods of time are missing, though she chooses to ignore this. This behavior persists until Roland Deschain "draws" Odetta/Detta into Mid-World from New York City in 1964.
When Roland Deschain enters the door to 1964 and drags her into Mid-World, Detta Walker is in control and responds in a hostile manner, calling him a "honky mahfah". Eventually, Odetta Holmes's personality wakes up and tries to dismiss the whole incident as a dream, but eventually realizes the reality of the situation and becomes depressed and hysterical. She eventually finds friendship and love in Eddie Dean, another person drawn from her world; however, the relationship is restricted by Detta's personality.
Detta takes over and escapes when Roland travels through the third door and enters the mind of Jack Mort in 1977. Eddie is left alone in the darkness with Detta, who intends to murder him and Roland. She eventually holds Eddie up with Roland's gun and ties him up in ropes. She leaves him on the beach to be eaten by deadly lobster-like creatures, dubbed "lobstrosities" by Roland.
Roland (now inhabiting Jack's body) realizes a way to save Odetta's life, and brings Jack down to a subway station. He jumps down in front of an oncoming train, the same one that hit Odetta/Detta years earlier, and calls for both of them to look into the doorway out of Jack's eyes just before it hits and kills him. When Detta and Odetta look through the doorway, they see each other for the first time and both have combined memories of Jack dropping the brick on their head and then being pushed in front of the train. This has the effect of blending the personalities together, creating Susannah Dean (Susannah because it was the middle name of both Detta and Odetta, and Dean because she is married to Eddie by ka).
Throughout the rest of the series, Susannah remains Eddie's lifelong love and one of Roland's faithful companions. Being a merging of the "good" Odetta and the "bad" Detta, Susannah seems closer to Odetta, and this "part" of her former personalities never reappears in the novel; on the other hand, Detta is often called to the rescue when Susannah needs to be a little tougher to deal with evil powers such as the demon of the speaking ring in The Waste Lands or Mia in Song of Susannah.
In New York again
At the end of the last novel, The Dark Tower, Patrick Danville draws Susannah a door to "happiness" and she travels through it. She ends up in a version of New York, meeting what appears to be Eddie Dean and Jake Chambers (now as brothers and with the last name of "Toren"). Eddie confides in her that he and Jake had each dreamed of her, and that he believes he is falling in love with her.
She is the only member of Roland's ka-tet not to have died at some point throughout the series.