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Blaze - Richard Bachman


Published: 20th December 2012
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Hodder are boosting Stephen King's backlist with new covers, new author brand lettering and a marketing campaign which directs readers to the right King title for them.

He's got a plan. But he hasn't got a clue.

Clayton Blaisdell's capers are strictly small-time until he meets George Rackley. With Blaze's brawn and George's brains, they pull off a hundred successful cons. Then George plans the one big score every small timer dreams of: kidnapping the infant heir to a family fortune.

The trouble is that by the time the deal goes down, the brains of the operation has died. Or has he?

Now Blaze is running into the white hell of the Maine woods with a baby as hostage. The crime of the century just turned into a race against time...

About the Author

Stephen King has been described by the Guardian as 'one of the greatest storytellers of our time', by the Mirror as a 'genius' and by The Sunday Times as 'one of the most fertile storytellers of the modern novel.' In 2003, he was given the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives with his wife, the novelist Tabitha King, for most of the year in Maine, USA.

BLAZE feels like an essential missing piece in King's oeuvre...compelling - Independent on Sunday

King's brilliance is in making his readers root for the kidnapper rather than the authorities - Daily Telegraph

Tightly written and compelling - Daily Express

Richard Bachman

Richard Bachman (1977 - 1985) was an author of horror fiction, and the husband of Claudia y Inez Bachman. He is the pseundonym fashioned by Stephen King to circumvent the conventional wisdom of the 1970's and 1980's that claimed that genre authors could release no more than one book per year.

He was quite nearly named Gus Pillsbury after King's mother's father, but was ultimately named after Donald Westlake's pseudonym "Richard Stark" and the band Bachman-Turner Overdrive.

Having published five novels, Bachman "died" in 1985 of "cancer of the pseudonym" after he was discovered, and his death served as the inspiraton for King's 1989 novel The Dark Half. Two further "trunk novels," written by Bachman, were "discovered" by Claudia and subsequently published; the first of them, The Regulators, was released in conjunction with Desperation, as the two books presented different versions of the same story and cast of characters.

The second "trunk novel" was, in fact, a reworked manuscript that had been turned down by Doubleday in order to publish `Salem's Lot.

Visit Richard Bachman's Booktopia Author Page

ISBN: 9781444723519
ISBN-10: 1444723510
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 20th December 2012
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 13.0  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.24
Edition Number: 1