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The outsider

by King, Stephen, 1947-

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Summary
An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation. At a time when the King brand has never been stronger, he has delivered one of his most unsettling and compulsively readable stories.

An eleven-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King's propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face? When the answer comes, it will shock you as only Stephen King can.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Two quick years after concluding his Bill Hodges trilogy of mystery novels with End of Watch (2016), King returns to the genre (and even brings back a character) with a book that showcases his best and worst instincts. The first half, a police procedural, is absolutely riveting. Oklahoma detective Ralph Anderson relishes arresting local little-league coach Terry Maitland for the brutal murder of an 11-year-old boy. Multiple witnesses saw him, his DNA is all over the scene it's open and shut. But is it? King makes you feel Ralph's drowning panic as evidence, just as irrefutable, places Terry in another town. The impossibility of the mystery is intoxicating, and readers will get dizzy from their shifting sympathies. And then . . . well, King loyalists will see this coming. Seemingly written into a corner, the story goes supernatural, with a Salem's Lot-style gang of reluctant heroes taking up arms against a foe who has something to do with a Mexican monster legend and women-wrestler films. Still, the amazingly strong start should be enough to fuel most readers through the end.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Along with Revival (2014), Mr. Mercedes (2014), and Full Dark, No Stars (2010), this is another shockingly dark book perfect for longtime fans, of whom there are, well, zillions.--Kraus, Daniel Copyright 2018 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Reader Patton's steady, realistic narration adds a strong element of credibility to King's supernatural police procedural, in which a small-town detective is faced with an apparently impossible crime. The worst day in the life of Flint City, Okla., detective Ralph Anderson is when he arrests popular Little League baseball coach Terry Maitland for the murder of a young boy. The coach's fingerprints and DNA are all over the crime scene, but he has an ironclad alibi: he was at a convention in another city and has witnesses and even video footage to prove it. Subsequent events suggest the presence of an otherworldly serial killer whom Anderson and his associates set out to find and destroy. Joining them is Holly Gibney, a fascinating character from the author's Bill Hodges crime trilogy. Brilliantly deductive, neurotic, and obsessively determined, she quickly takes over the novel, and Patton provides her with an edgy, breathless, and impatient voice that, at times, is an almost crooning stream-of-consciousness. Patton's approach for Anderson and his other associates is more conventional: they speak in fittingly tough, hardboiled tones. As for the voice of the monstrous outsider, it is surprisingly conversational and educated, with just a hint of chilling playfulness. This audiobook demonstrates King's ability to make even the most fantastic story believable and poignant, and Patton's unswerving talent for making fiction feel real. A Scribner hardcover. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction.
Children -- Crimes against -- Fiction.
Electronic books.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :Scribner2018.
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
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Format: Adobe EPUB eBook
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ISBN 9781501181016
1501181017
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