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Finders Keepers [Read] ➵ Finders Keepers ➼ Stephen King – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk Wake up, genius The genius is John Rothstein, an iconic author who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn t published a book for decades Morris Bellamy is livid, not just because Rothste Wake up, genius The genius is John Rothstein, an iconic author who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn t published a book for decades Morris Bellamy is livid, not just because Rothstein has stopped providing books, but because the nonconformist Jimmy Gold has sold out for a career in advertising Morris kills Rothstein and empties his safe of cash, yes, but the real treasure is a trove of notebooks containing at least one Gold novelMorris hides the money and the notebooks, and then he is locked away for another crime Decades later, a boy named Pete Saubers finds the treasure, and now it is Pete and his family that Bill Hodges, Holly Gibney, and Jerome Robinson must rescue from the ever deranged and vengeful Morris when he s released from prison after thirty five years.


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  1. Edward Lorn Edward Lorn says:

    Before we begin, I feel I need to state a few things Over the course of the next few months you will see reviews from people who thought this book was just okay You will see reviews from people who are only reading it so that they will be able to hate review it and they want a clean conscience, so they will finish it even though the experience will be on par with stomach swelling and labor pains when not pregnant Then you will read fan reviews wherein this is touted as the mostest bestest t Before we begin, I feel I need to state a few things Over the course of the next few months you will see reviews from people who thought this book was just okay You will see reviews from people who are only reading it so that they will be able to hate review it and they want a clean conscience, so they will finish it even though the experience will be on par with stomach swelling and labor pains when not pregnant Then you will read fan reviews wherein this is touted as the mostest bestest thing since Adam and Eve finally realized what that swelling between Adam s legs was good for Every one of those reviews will be correct From the one star to the five but wish they could give it a million stars reviews Because they will be those people s subjective opinions Let s all try and respect each other, because the last time, when I reviewed Mr Mercedes, motherfuckers went crazy trying to tell me how wrong I was to give it five stars I gave it five stars because I fucking loved that book Read my review for why Do I care if you thought it was tedious or cliched or predictable Probably not It s your party and you can cry if you want to I had fun Fucking sue me If you want to have a respectable discussion about this book s flaws, by all means, let s do that, but don t come into my house and bitch about the carpet Motherfucker, it s my carpet You don t have to walk on it Now comes the subjective opinion Are we cool Good Let s do this.Underneath the thriller plot, Finders Keepers is a nod to book lovers King delves into his own history to create John Rothstein, right down to the moleskin ledgers King wrote in after his accident in 1999 Dreamcatcher was written entirely by longhand in such ledgers because it hurt King too badly to sit at his desk and type There are other parallels between King and Rothstein, such as, King has said in interviews that he can see himself retiring from the public eye and no longer publishing books and stories, but goes on to say that he will never stop writing I m afraid that King is also giving us a hint with his own trilogy Be prepared, folks Just like the make believe John Rothstein dropped out of the public eye after the Jimmy Gold trilogy, we might see King simply take a bow and step off stage Been fun, Constant Reader, now kindly take a long fuck off a short pier I wouldn t put it past Uncle Stevie He s been playing this game for over four decades The only hope I hold out is that King and Straub have promised a third Jack Sawyer novel, so we still have that to look forward to after the conclusion of this series Just theories, folks I m a nerd, it s what I do.Now, about the book Finders Keepers is a mixed bag of awesome and awful You will encounter everything you love and everything you hate about Stephen King If you re looking for horror, there are several scenes that will jiggle and arouse your tender bits These scenes are at times subtle and creepy, and at other times bloody and brutal If you want character development, Pete and Morris will wet your whistle, but the rest of the gang is as static as cryogenically frozen concrete statues Bill, Holly, and Jerome play their roles, and that s it Holly is still my fave of the bunch, but only because I m a bit OCD Have you seen my book collection Most thrillers mix character building, the setting up of plot, and action in equal amounts King didn t get this memo The book starts with character development on par with some of King s best work, then devolves into tedious plot setup with little to no action You can feel King trying to make the shit in the middle interesting, but there s not much going on He has to get certain characters into the path of other characters and, honestly, it s just fucking boring to read about The same set up occurs in Mr Mercedes, down to the car ride to the showdown.But, despite the heavy, languid middle, the book does pick up speed again, and ends quite satisfactorily for my tastes Plenty of Oh shit and Holy fuck moments for me.If you re an audiobook fan, you should know that WIll Patton is as terrific as always I hopped back and forth between ebook and audio, but I think I prefered the audio to the text Something about Patton, man He just does it for me Love how he reads Holly One final note Does anyone else not give a single fuck about Hodges Like, I actually started disliking the book when he was reintroduced, and I can t think of one of his chapters that I actually liked I thought Pete was awesome and Morris was disturbing and Holly was epic, but Hodges Man, I don t give a squirt of piss for him and I hope he dies in the final book Let that pacemaker give out Whatever The worst part is, friends and neighbors, I have no idea why I feel this way I simply do not like the guy In summation I give the book five stars for the first 35%, three stars for the middle 30%, and four stars for the race to the finish Overall, four stars I didn t enjoy it as much as Mr Mercedes, and I do not believe the ending ratcheted up the stakes far enough.Final Judgment Better than a hatchet to the ass and worse than a trunk fulla booty


  2. Shelby *trains flying monkeys* Shelby *trains flying monkeys* says:

    Shit don t mean shit.That s a famous quote by the author John Rothstein, who penned the Jimmy Gold books Rothstein pretty much didn t give two craps about his fans whining about only three Gold books being released Rothstein didn t give many craps at all about much of anything Until he is awakened by Morris Bellamy and his gang of accomplices Morris was introduced to Jimmy Gold s character by a well meaning teacher who told him You and Jimmy Gold will get along He s a sarcastic, self hat Shit don t mean shit.That s a famous quote by the author John Rothstein, who penned the Jimmy Gold books Rothstein pretty much didn t give two craps about his fans whining about only three Gold books being released Rothstein didn t give many craps at all about much of anything Until he is awakened by Morris Bellamy and his gang of accomplices Morris was introduced to Jimmy Gold s character by a well meaning teacher who told him You and Jimmy Gold will get along He s a sarcastic, self hating little shit A lot like you Thus begins Morris s fanboying He cons his buddies into helping him rob and kill the author because he knows that Jimmy Gold s story has to exist And it does Morris ends up going to prison for a different crime but ended up hiding the notebooks and money where he thinks no one can find it.But one of the victims from Brady Hartsfield s Mercedes rampage has bought the house that Morris grew up in and his kid Pete finds the money and the notebooks.Pete engages his teen self into a big old clusterfuck He wants to help his family waythan I found believable for a young kid His sister Tina wants to go to a private school and I almost found her pushing her older brother to help out the family so that would happen Usually, King s characters are some of the very best parts of any of his books But these Just no I didn t really care about any of them They just all felt like duds, and not milk duds I like those The first part of the book is told in flashbacks from the 1970 s and present time and it s Stephen King so that part is done well Then it is later in the story when Hodges and his crew is finally introduced into the story I thought I would fan girl then..but it just didn t happen There were some teases of what is hopefully to come in the third book and that part had me interested This book just didn t have that spark I wanted It s not horror for the ones of you that don t read King because of that but I just didn t think it was his best work P.S Thanks again to my book fairy friend for my copy of this book


  3. Kemper Kemper says:

    The good news is that it isn t as bad as Mr Mercedes, and that there s actually a halfway decent plot lurking in here The bad news is that this makes itclear than ever that Stephen King does horror a helluva lot better than he does crime thrillers.The story starts out with an acclaimed author named John Rothstein who pulled a J.D Salinger and hasn t published anything in decades Morris Bellamy is a huge fan of Rothstein s most famous creation, a disaffected rebel without a cause named The good news is that it isn t as bad as Mr Mercedes, and that there s actually a halfway decent plot lurking in here The bad news is that this makes itclear than ever that Stephen King does horror a helluva lot better than he does crime thrillers.The story starts out with an acclaimed author named John Rothstein who pulled a J.D Salinger and hasn t published anything in decades Morris Bellamy is a huge fan of Rothstein s most famous creation, a disaffected rebel without a cause named Jimmy Gold, but he thinks that Rothstein ruined the character in the final book of a trilogy by having him become just another suburbanite working in advertising Since this is occurring in the 70s, Morris can t go on Goodreads to complain about it so instead he breaks into Rothstein s house and murders him He also takes over 160 notebooks filled with all the writing that Rothstein has done since quitting public life as well as over 20,000 Before Morris can read the notebooks, which include new material about his favorite character, he gets waylaid on another charge and sent to prison For 35 years Morris dreams of getting out and reading the notebooks that he had hidden before being arrested.In 2009 a teenage boy named Peter Saubers and his family move into Morris old house The Saubers have fallen on hard times after his father lost his real estate job in the market crash of 08 and then had the bad luck to get run over and badly injured while standing in line at a job fair Pete stumbles across the notebooks and the cash, and he uses the money to help his family through their financial crisis He also reads the notebooks which turn him into a nut for literature and another fan of Jimmy Gold Several years pass, and Morris is released from prison which puts him on a collision course with Pete That s when retired police detective Bill Hodges gets involved along with his trusty assistants, Holly and Jerome.One thing that Stephen King knows how to do very well Other than spoiling major character deaths on Game of Thrones via Twitter Thanks again, Uncle Stevie is writing about books He s often examined them from both sides in his work as the act of writing creating and from the standpoint of being a fan of reading King knows there something magical in both aspects, but in his world there s also black magic.King has created what s probably his own worst nightmare with Morris Bellamy, the fan who feels an ownership of a character and becomes violently angry when he feels like the author is mistreating him There are shades of Annie Wilkes in this although the key difference is that Annie understood that her favorite character was a creation and wanted to control what happened to her while Morris sees Jimmy Gold as a real person that Rothstein has been a poor guardian of This contrasts with Pete, the reader who is content to fall under the spell of an author and admire well written things, and who feels guilty that he s had to hide this literary treasure from the world in order to help his family.The book is at it s best when it s about these two as polar opposites because it isn t just about the conflict and tension of who possesses the notebooks, it s King writing about the love of reading I did question the coincidence of Morris and Pete both growing up in the same house years apart and both being the kind of guys who will absolutely fall in love with a literary character like Jimmy Gold, but that s a minor quibble The real issues come when King tries to take this story and make it part of his on going trilogy featuring Bill Hodges I found Mr Mercedes to be a mess, and Hodges was a big part of that as a hodge podge Pun intended of poorly conceived motivations and plot twists that made the character seem irresponsible and reckless Something that King even acknowledges in this one when Hodges reflects on his backstory and admits that he nearly got a bunch of people killed by going Lone Ranger He doesn t do anything that egregious here, but the problem is that he is completely unnecessary.Hodges doesn t even appear in the story until almost halfway through the book, and when he does the main plot comes to a screeching halt as King has to explain exactly who he and his friends are as well as the backstory of Mr Mercedes Then his only real contribution comes at the very end and could have easily been done by a new character The main reason that Hodges is in this book at all seems to be to set up the third book, and there s even an element at the end that feels like the bonus post credits scene in a Marvel movie In fact, the appearance of Hodges underlines that King, for all his vast storytelling talents, just really doesn t have a handle on the kind of plotting and pacing required for a tense crime thriller I ve joked before that King has two speeds dead slow and all hell breaks loose He very often can make that work, but it s telling that a lot of his books take place over extended periods of time from weeks to months to years King is at his best doing a slow burn, and there s no question that he knows how to do suspense and a sense of dread in his usual kind of stories, However, he just has no natural feel for making that work in crime fiction.For example, this plot is structured around two characters, Morris and Pete, and the readers know their whole story and can see where the trains are going to collide However, once he brings Hodges and his friends into the story, he tries to turn it into a mystery with them trying to solve the riddle of what Pete has been doing As the action ramps up at the end, a big chunk of the story is Hodges trying to figure out what we already read so there s absolutely no tension to it A good thriller often has the hero trying to figure out something the reader knows, but there should be some kind of climatic pay off Like some bit of info held back, the revelation of which should provide a satisfying A HA kind of breakthrough that is critical to driving the plot forward The pivotal clue in Thomas Harris Red Dragon is a great example of making this work But here we ve just got Hodges putting together what we already know and trailing uselessly in the wake of the real action.King also sometimes has trouble with plotting when he can t say that some supernatural force is helping push things along There s a great illustration of that here when Morris is trying to clean up a particularly nasty mess he s made at one point, and he has every reason to remove a certain item He even thinks that he should take it with him, but then he leaves it only because of a powerful hunch Sure enough, he later has an opportunity to use that object to his advantage through events he could not have predicted, but the mere fact that it s in the room shows that King decided to disregard the logic of the crime genre which dictate that you should always get rid of the evidence just to use it as a plot point later Then to add insult to injury that object almost immediately become irrelevant after this twist which highlights how it wasn t really necessary to begin with So King introduced an element that he knew didn t make a lot of sense, didn t bother to come up with a convincing reason that it could have been logically kept in play, and then immediately dropped the whole thing so it was pointless anyhow.King himself has even gone on record in a recent interview about how he s had a hard time with these books and doesn t understand how mystery writers do it regularly While I like that he gave something new a try, I also think that he s just not suited to doing this genre, and that he s usually at his best when he has some kind of fantastic element to lean on view spoiler The end of this one certainly make it appear that King himself has realized this and is throwing in the towel on this whole crime thriller thing to bring Brady Hartsfield back as a telekinetic villain If that s the case, if the first and third books are going to be centered on Hodges vs Brady then this second book is going to seem evenlike an interlude that really had nothing to do with the main story of the trilogy Which would again beg the question of what Bill Hodges is doing in this book at all hide spoiler Also posted on Kemper s Book Blog


  4. Elyse Walters Elyse Walters says:

    FANTASTIC A STRONG FIVE STARS It took me 2 years to return to this series I was lukewarm about Mr Mercedes..not bad but not FANTASTIC. But.I kept wanting to return to this series after hearing little bits and pieces of positive STRONGER THAN POSITIVE comments about book 2 and book 3 I thought this was a TERRIFIC Stephen King mystery..not a die hard thriller not paranormal a little gore but mostly WONDERFUL CREATIVE STORYTELLING. totally interestin FANTASTIC A STRONG FIVE STARS It took me 2 years to return to this series I was lukewarm about Mr Mercedes..not bad but not FANTASTIC. But.I kept wanting to return to this series after hearing little bits and pieces of positive STRONGER THAN POSITIVE comments about book 2 and book 3 I thought this was a TERRIFIC Stephen King mystery..not a die hard thriller not paranormal a little gore but mostly WONDERFUL CREATIVE STORYTELLING. totally interesting ABOUT WRITING.etc Thrilling ride.loved meeting all the new characters and the struggles in their lives.but it was the dialogue itself between characters I loved the most I LIKED IT Cliffhanger too


  5. Karin Slaughter Karin Slaughter says:

    It s Stephen King Read it.


  6. John Connolly John Connolly says:

    This review originally appeared in the Irish Independent, June 7, 2015 On the surface, the mystery and horror genres have never entirely been on speaking terms with each other Mystery s roots lie in rationalism, or the belief that reality is essentially logical, and truth intellectual consider Sherlock Holmes using his powers of deduction to solve crimes, or Agatha Christie s Hercule Poirot exercising his little grey cells to identify a murderer Horror along with supernatural fiction, it This review originally appeared in the Irish Independent, June 7, 2015 On the surface, the mystery and horror genres have never entirely been on speaking terms with each other Mystery s roots lie in rationalism, or the belief that reality is essentially logical, and truth intellectual consider Sherlock Holmes using his powers of deduction to solve crimes, or Agatha Christie s Hercule Poirot exercising his little grey cells to identify a murderer Horror along with supernatural fiction, its close cousin suggests that reality is much odder, and people do not always behave in rational ways Or, as Stephen King puts it in his latest novel, Finders Keepers Deep below that rational part is an underground ocean where strange creatures swim But for much of its history, the mystery genre has looked down its nose at what it perceives to be the poor, mad relatives obsessed with ghosts and ghouls, even though Edgar Allan Poe, the creator of the first series detective in English, wrote both horror and mystery stories one of the earliest novels of detection, Wilkie Collins s The Moonstone, is steeped in fears of the paranormal and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, was a passionate believer in spiritualism.The truth is that the two genres have muchin common than either might like to admit, for both mystery and supernatural fiction are curious about the impact of random forces on ordered lives In mystery fiction, these forces take the form of a criminal frequently a murderer while in supernatural fiction it s a non human entity, but the effect is still the same suddenly the victim s assumptions about order and the nature of existence are altered forever.Mystery and horror are closer still Horror is at its most powerful when it deals with the body s capacity for suffering, whether physical, psychological or emotional In that sense, Thomas Harris s The Silence of the Lambs is as much a horror novel as it is a thriller, just as King s Misery, to which Finders Keepers might function as an interesting companion volume, is as much a thriller as it is a horror novel.King has long had a relationship with the mystery genre He has written perceptive introductions to the work of the great noir writer Jim Thompson, produced two novels for the Hard Case Crime series, and even went so far as to make Lee Child s Jack Reacher a character in his 2009 novel Under the Dome, while frequently including thriller and crime elements in his supernatural fiction Therefore, it wasn t a huge surprise when he made that interest explicit, and published his first non supernatural thriller, Mr Mercedes, in 2014, to which Finders Keepers is a sequel.The elegantly structured Mr Mercedes had some wonderful characters and any number of brilliant moments, including the opening vehicular slaughter at a job fair and a gruesome death by poisoned hamburger meat, but its nods to genre conventions the retired policeman contemplating suicide, the killer with a mother fixation diced with clich , and the middle section moved a little too slowly, as though King were determined to show how willing he was to play by the rules.But perhaps what Mr Mercedes lacked most was sufficient strangeness there was the sense of a uniquely odd imagination being held in check by the perceived demands of the mystery genre So it was that readers who had steered clear of King s supernatural fiction would have been pleasantly surprised by just how respectful Mr Mercedes was of the mystery tradition, while those who had followed his work for decades may have been slightly disappointed for precisely the same reason.Reading the book was a little like going to the world s best sushi restaurant and having the chef serve you a very fine curry The fact of the curry s existence might surprise and delight you, and eating it would be a pleasure, but a small part of you would still be wondering why it wasn t sushi.Mr Mercedes, it seemed, was not to be an interrogation or re imagining of the genre, but a gifted writer s tribute to it It proved that King could write a straight crime thriller that was as good as almost any out there, but the question remained was that what we wanted of Stephen King Finders Keepers offers a partial answer It s aidiosyncratic novel than its predecessor, and returns to a theme clearly close to King s heart, one previously explored in Misery and Lisey s Story, among other works a toxic relationship between an author and a fan.John Rothstein, a reclusive novelist reminiscent of the late JD Salinger, is murdered by an obsessive reader named Morris Bellamy, in part because Bellamy is unhappy with the way that Rothstein ended his famous Runner trilogy of novels many years earlier.But Bellamy discovers that Rothstein had continued to write, if not publish, and sees a way to make a fortune off the previously unknown works Unfortunately, Bellamy ends up in jail before he can put Rothstein s manuscripts to use, which is where everything starts to get interesting.In its fascination with books, writers and readers, Finders Keepers isrecognisably a Stephen King novel than Mr Mercedes It s also a slower burn, in part because its timescale coversthan three decades, and is so classically ordered that the ending is never really in any doubt, although that s part of its pleasure the reader is not so much tied up with what unfolds, but how it unfolds.Finally, the touch of the weird so absent from Mr Mercedes is present in Finders Keepers Either King rapidly grew tired of adhering too closely to the genre s rationalist roots or, as islikely, he was playing a long game from the start with this proposed trilogy of books The Suicide Prince, the final instalment, will appear next year For now, Finders Keepers is a first rate crime thriller, but it s also to King s credit that,than 40 years into his career, he continues to experiment, and his talent, curiosity, and generous, humane spirit show no signs of flagging


  7. Johann (jobis89) Johann (jobis89) says:

    For readers, one of life s most electrifying discoveries is that they are readers not just capable of doing it, but in love with it Hopelessly Head over heels Petty criminal Morris Bellamy robs and murders acclaimed author John Rohnstein after feeling unsatisfied with the ending of his famous trilogy of books Morris ends up going to jail on a rape charge, but years later Peter Saubers finds the trunk that Morris buried containing the stolen money and Rohnstein s unpublished works A few y For readers, one of life s most electrifying discoveries is that they are readers not just capable of doing it, but in love with it Hopelessly Head over heels Petty criminal Morris Bellamy robs and murders acclaimed author John Rohnstein after feeling unsatisfied with the ending of his famous trilogy of books Morris ends up going to jail on a rape charge, but years later Peter Saubers finds the trunk that Morris buried containing the stolen money and Rohnstein s unpublished works A few years after Peter s discovery, Morris is released from prison and wants back what he feels is his.You love books, I love books We all love books But King takes this book obsession to another level with two of his characters one of which is the simply iconic and unforgettable Annie Wilkes, and the other is the despicable Morris Bellamy Please never go this far, guys Holding your favourite author hostage murdering him so you can steal his unpublished works is justtoo much Let s just stick to fangirling over our favourites on all forms of social media.Finders Keepers is an enjoyable detour away from the main story found within Mr Mercedes The pace itself completely changes Mr Mercedes is a fast paced page turner where your heart is in your mouth on multiple occasions Finders Keepers feelsKING to me That slow burn where King builds the foundations of a great story and then turns up the heat I m here for it Very quickly I am fully absorbed in the story of the Saubers family They ve fallen on hard times after the father Tom was injured in the incident at the job fair, and the very likeable Pete thinks of a way to relieve the tension building between his parents after finding a trunk full of money and notebooks For a while you re left wondering how exactly this will fully tie into the mish mash trio of Hodges, Holly and Jerome, but King weaves it all so perfectly For approximately the first half of the book, King flips back and forth between present day and the past, and as always, he does so seamlessly.King explores literature and the love of reading in Finders Keepers, and that was one of my favourite things about this book King so perfectly depicts how it feels to fall in love with reading, and it is very easy for him to do so because he is an avid reader himself He gets us His passion for reading is just as obvious as his love for writing It s interesting to see how two passionate readers, the two main characters Pete and Morris, differ in their obsession One is significantlyunhealthy than the other.Holly is growing on me theI get to know her, and my love for Bill Hodges continues to grow I can take or leave Jerome I just find it uncomfortable when King lets Jerome fall into speaking in his demeaning, and frankly unfunny, dialect I think it s unnecessary.Otherwise, I really enjoyed Finders Keepers I love when King explores the relationship between an author and the reader Really excited to see how the entire trilogy wraps up in End of Watch I give this one 4 stars


  8. *TANYA* *TANYA* says:

    Yeah Fantastic book Ugh, and that cliffhanger Yup, I m obsessed Shit don t mean shit Lol.


  9. Calista Calista says:

    One of my new favorite Stephen King books to date I loved this book about writers I feel like King always tells an excellent story when a writer in the the book Shining, Misery, etc I think Stephen King is getting better with age This is mostly a suspense book I believe There are some horror elements, but it s not most of the book This book also ties into the Mr Mercedes Killing from the previous book and it s a nice tie in Being the middle book in the trilogy, Bill Hodges also goes to One of my new favorite Stephen King books to date I loved this book about writers I feel like King always tells an excellent story when a writer in the the book Shining, Misery, etc I think Stephen King is getting better with age This is mostly a suspense book I believe There are some horror elements, but it s not most of the book This book also ties into the Mr Mercedes Killing from the previous book and it s a nice tie in Being the middle book in the trilogy, Bill Hodges also goes to the hospital to check in on Brady who is in some sort of coma with brain damage and he has woken up Weird things happen around him This is foreshadowing for the final book is my guess and setting up the final confrontation We meet two people, Morris, who sets the story off by murdering a famous author name John Rothstein He goes to jail for a different murder, but he takes the notebooks from John s safe Our other character is Peter He finds the notebooks Both characters are parallel to each other and also opposites They each relate to Jimmy Gold from the best selling book series by Rothstein They each react differently to the story I love seeing these two people push the story forward.I think Stephen is one of the best authors at characterization He is a master so good at what he does and what motivates a character Also, I love the set up of a famous series and how fans react to that fictional character I m sure King hasthan his fair share of what s that like Personally, I would love to see Stephen write a sequel to Firestarter I love this book and I want to see what her life looks like now, today It s one of my favorites and Dr Sleep was so good that I want to know about this one He puts Peter through the ropes as a character I am so surprised at the ending I really am The choices made at the end felt real and appropriate and I m simply surprised that it turned out that way.One of the notable oddities of this book was that Bill Hodges doesn t show up in the story until almost halfway through the story Seeing that it s his trilogy, I found that interesting The truth is that I was so engrossed in our new characters and what was happening that I almost didn t miss them Bill and Holly were most welcome back into the story They make a great team and it was good to have them back There wasn t a whole lot of detecting for them, but enough to make them needed in the story.I think I am going to go ahead and get the last volume in the trilogy and read it this year instead of waiting a year I am loving this Also, I hear Outsider is a triology for Holly Gibney and I am excited to get into that book Maybe I will make the rest of this year a Stephen King year and catch up with some of these series I want to own this trilogy


  10. Trudi Trudi says:

    Sigh This almost got two stars Almost I mean, I liked it There are things to like, but it s so far underachieving for King, so sub par of his talent and storytelling capabilities that it made me cringe in parts and left me embarrassed for the guy The last third of the book with Hodges and Holly and Jerome running around trying to solve a mystery like an after school special mixed with an episode of Scooby Doo was just paaainful Nothing about any of that was worthy of King for me I know Mr Sigh This almost got two stars Almost I mean, I liked it There are things to like, but it s so far underachieving for King, so sub par of his talent and storytelling capabilities that it made me cringe in parts and left me embarrassed for the guy The last third of the book with Hodges and Holly and Jerome running around trying to solve a mystery like an after school special mixed with an episode of Scooby Doo was just paaainful Nothing about any of that was worthy of King for me I know Mr Mercedes had its many problems and weaknesses I present to you Exhibit A and Exhibit B But I really liked it A LOT Mainly because the villain Brady Hartfield is some nasty piece of psychotic work One of the better,convincing villains King has written about in a long time Brady isn t just a one dimensional evil dude with sick tendencies and impulses King managed to flesh him out some and gave him an appropriately damaging childhood replete with a disturbed and abusive mother There was some context there Some texture and layering Unfortunately I do not feel the same about the villain presented to us in this book Morris Bellamy Bellamy is a petulant, spoiled asshat entitled and vicious I HATED him He did not interest me in the least and the only satisfaction I was able to take from his legacy of brutal violent impulses was view spoiler to see him die a burning fiery death hide spoiler.For me, the most terrifying villain King has ever written is Annie Wilkes On cold, dark winter nights I can still have feverish nightmares about her Annie is the consummate fangirl gone wrong She is a study in complexity and contradiction, a woman suffering from real mental illness and a menacing determinism and world view that bears no bargaining with You re either one of the good guys a do bee or one of the bad guys a dirty bird And god help you if you turn out to be a cockadoodie brat Morris Bellamy is just a selfish, shallow, ignorant prick who loves to blame the world for all his problems He blames his mother for the first time he ends up in juvenile detention He blames author John Rothstein for selling out and destroying his favorite literary creation thus setting in motion a terrible series of events And most pathetic of all, he blames his friend future rare book proprietor of making him so mad that he goes out and view spoiler gets blind drunk and brutally rapes a woman, a crime which lands Bellamy in prison with a life sentence rather than the home invasion and execution of the recluse author of his precious Johnny Gold hide spoiler Whenever King writes about writing and the synergy that happens between reader and author I m there He captures some of that magic in these pages but I feel like it all gets poisoned with the less than inspiring creation that is Bellamy Since King is determined to get to the end of this foray into crime fiction, I am hopeful that the final book in the trilogy if there has to be one will return its focus to Brady Hartfield who may have developed some unusual skills cue ominous music


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