Finders Keepers (Bill Hodges Trilogy #2)
A masterful, intensely suspenseful novel about a reader whose obsession with a reclusive writer goes much too far--the #1 New York Times bestseller about the power of storytelling, starring the same trio of unlikely and winning heroes Stephen King introduced in Mr. Mercedes.
"Wake up, genius." So begins King's instantly riveting story about a vengeful reader. 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 more Gold novel.
Morris 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-more deranged and vengeful Morris when he's released from prison after thirty-five years.
Not since Misery has King played with the notion of a reader whose obsession with a writer gets dangerous. Finders Keepers is spectacular, heart-pounding suspense, but it is also King writing about how literature shapes a life--for good, for bad, forever.
King has the popular novelist's gifts in spades - a flawless sense of pace, an ear for dialogue, an eye for the telling detail, a no-mess-no-fuss approach to characterisation -- Keith Miller Spectator An almost constant build of momentum, growing in pace and tension until it finally explodes... manages to thrill with every page Guardian A classic cat-and-mouse tale, this is King at his rip-roaring best Mail on Sunday Fantastic...In part a love letter to literature, this is vintage King - jaw droppingly brutal but full of heart and humanity. Roll on the last in the trilogy Sunday Mirror A remarkable display of storytelling. -- John Dugdale Sunday Times It's expertly plotted, a series of pieces falling into place with almost audible satisfaction as the author burns towards his suitably horrific climax. -- Alison Flood Observer This novel is slick, seamlessly crafted, shockingly gory and packed with suspense The Times MR MERCEDES was a terrific thriller, and now there's a sequel. I squeak with glee. -- Natalie Haynes Independent FINDERS KEEPERS is a first-rate crime thriller, but it's also to King's credit that, more than 40 years into his career, he continues to experiment, and his talent, curiosity, and generous, humane spirit show no signs of flagging. -- John Connolly Irish Independent Unlike John Rothstein it seems Stephen King is determined to publish everything he can write. If books such as the effortlessly exciting FINDERS KEEPERS are the result, we should all be grateful. Glasgow Herald Praise for MR MERCEDES: 'I challenge you not to read this book in one breathless sitting Guardian Stephen King might just be America's greatest living novelist ... THE BEST THRILLER OF THE YEAR ... Recommended to crime buffs and King fans alike. Sunday Express A very remarkable and singular writer. He can catch dialogue, throw away an observation or mint a simile, sometimes, brilliantly ... Storytelling is everything - and by golly does he know how to carry the reader. Observer Expect page-turning suspense, jaw-dropping twists and all the addictive brilliance of a classic Stephen King. FHM Deserves to be ranked alongside King's masterpieces Daily Mail A thrilling cat-and-mouse game Irish Mail on Sunday
Stephen King is the bestselling author of more than fifty books. His novels include Carrie, The Shining and Revival. His novel Under the Dome is now a major TV series. His novel 11.22.63 won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers Association. Many of his books have been turned into celebrated films including Misery, The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile. Over the years, King has had various cameo roles in film adaptations of his books as well as playing rhythm guitar in the Rock Bottom Remainders, a rock and roll band made up of some of America's bestselling and best-loved writers He was the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives with his wife, novelist Tabitha King, in Maine, USA.