A masterful, intensely suspenseful novel about a reader whose obsession with a reclusive writer goes far too far - a book about the power of storytelling, starring the same trio of unlikely and winning heroes King introduced in Mr Mercedes.
'Wake up, genius.' So begins King's instantly riveting story about a vengeful reader. The genius is John Rothstein, a Salinger-like icon 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 Sauberg 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.
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You expect the unexpected with Stephen King and while there is an element of this in the book, it is not quite up with his best efforts. The characters are interesting without being riveting, the story is entertaining and makes you think what you would do in the same situation but the ending fell a little flat for me. It is a good read but not great.
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Well written as expected of Stephen King.
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Reading part one of this new release from Mr King is a rather interesting experience. It is essentially about character introduction, and sets the story apart from itself rather cleverly with the use of a time line, which stretches (very un-obdurately) from 1978 through to 2009 and onto 2014 as the opening salvo reaches it climax. FKPO (Finders Keepers Part One) tells the reader of the existence of an acclaimed and under recognised writer, an Octogenarian, no less - who is the victim of a home invasion and is soon to suffer an untimely and violent death. The killer, Mr Morris Bellamy - and essentially the book's central character - is a crazed fan of his works and one who holds the ultimate grudge against the man who robbed the world of his gift. His penalty? Death to the writer. The trio of baddies (led by Bellamy) escape with money, and some unpublished manuscripts, but three soon become one thanks to some well established lunacy and more traditional gore from Mr King on pages 36 and 37.
Please read this part of the book with an empty stomach.
The contrast in FKPO is provided by a young, struggling family, (the Saubers') who spend a lot of early story time partaking in the delightful King-ism known as 'arky-barkies' - or simply, 'arguments' for the rest of us. Once more economic downturn has hit the United States and this family is a perfect example. The husband loses his job, the wife is left to support him and raise two bright young children (who both hope for college) on her own, but a twist of fate, or the story's pivotal linch pin, if you will - saves the family from divorce, heart break and failure and brings short to mid-term reprieve for them all.
Life in this book is full of ironies.
Bellamy is a bad egg, we know that by know, and he spends most of his adult life in prison. The finale to part one of the book is genius. A perfect example of closure, leaving the reader with a gnawing pit of anticipation (bordering on terror) in their stomach, unable, and not wanting, to put the book down. Heck, it's just started to get interesting!
But part one is more than just wonderful story telling. It reads like Mr King's personal ode to the power and wonder of good literature. And any reader of this fine tome who fantasises about living the dream of becoming a writer one day, will find themselves in a state of ecstasy several times as we learn the depth of feeling (and talent) both Bellamy and young Pete Saubers have for their own literary hero. The Master speaks. We must listen.
FKPO was so good and the characters were so well developed, that it's a fair bet the reader would have forgotten what - and who - the book is really about. Part two opens with the reintroduction of Ret Det Bill Hodges. And I'll be darned if it doesn't feel like the reunion with an old friend. The unofficial PI is about to catch a very affluent con man, who paid for a leer jet with a cheque that bounced up to the moon and back, but the reader can feel in their bones where the story is about to go. And despite the feelings of trepidation (and hysterical fear) that you might have for the Laubers, you know in your heart of hearts that with Hodges on the scene nothing really bad is going to happen to them. Or is it?
I have said enough of the book's plot, I think. This book gifts us with Stephen King at the top of his game. The structure of the book becomes obvious by design, and its a testament to the mind of the man who wrote it that his writing has developed to such an extent at this stage of his career. Volume One of this series was a huge international success, and it recently won the 2015 Edgar Award for Best Novel. This book is better. As a fan who has been reading (and loving) the works of Mr King for close to thirty five years, I feel that he has plenty of gas left in his tank for yet more success. And don't be surprised if the next award he wins is the Nobel Prize.
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
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 2nd June 2015
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.2 x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.51
Edition Number: 1