When an eleven-year-old boy is found murdered in a town park, reliable eyewitnesses undeniably point to the town's popular Little League coach, Terry Maitland, as the culprit. DNA evidence and fingerprints confirm the crime was committed by this well-loved family man.
Horrified by the brutal killing, Detective Ralph Anderson, whose own son was once coached by Maitland, orders the suspect to be arrested in a public spectacle. But Maitland has an alibi. And further research confirms he was indeed out of town that day.
As Anderson and the District Attorney trace the clues, the investigation expands from Ohio to Texas. And as horrifying answers begin to emerge, so King's propulsive story of almost unbearable suspense kicks into high gear.
Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy but there is one rock-hard fact, as unassailable as gravity: a man cannot be in two places at the same time. Can he?
"The Outsider gives King fans exactly what they want at the same time as cramming in new ideas, proving the least surprising thing of all: that his novels are as strong as they ever were." - The Guardian
"A crime masterpiece that has you gripped throughout." - Dublin Evening Echo
"Nerve-shreddingly brilliant." - Daily Express
"If you read only one thriller this summer, make it this one." - Daily Mail
"King's blend of supernatural crime makes for a taut, clever read that will keep you guessing until the end." - The Sun
"King pulls back the layers of the everyday to show just how dangerous and threatening the ordinary world we live in case be." - Independent
"Compulsive entertainment." - Mail on Sunday
"So shout it from the rooftops: This new take on the old conundrum of how a man can be in two places at once is sensationally good." - Sunday Express
"The Outsider is a crime masterpiece." - Belfast Telegraph
"This is one of those books where you find yourself rationing the number of pages you read each night to eke it out. A very good read indeed." - The Afterword.co.uk
"Mixing up genres and multiplying the surprises, The Outsider did keep me in suspense and I think that it is a really great King!" - Club.StephenKing
"A juicy tale that plays at the forefront of our current phobias... [The Outsider] will remind readers of King's early novel It." - Kirkus Reviews
“What begins as a manhunt for an unlikely doppelgänger takes an uncanny turn into the supernatural. King’s skillful use of criminal forensics helps to ground his tale in a believable clinical reality where the horrors stand out in sharp relief.” - Publishers Weekly
“Absolutely riveting... another shockingly dark book - perfect for longtime fans, of whom there are, well, zillions.” - Booklist
“There’s plenty of shadowy, wormy supernatural goings-on in Stephen King’s new novel The Outsider. Yet the most unsettling stuff - that which will leave you uncomfortable when you sit and devour this first-rate read - probes the monstrous side of human nature.” - Brian Truitt, USA Today
"Do yourself a favor and read the book.” - Associated Press
“An It for the Trump era... remarkable and deeply pleasurable.” - Ryan Vlastelica, The AV Club
"Here’s to mutant rats in the basement and Mexican myths; here’s to the strange and to Stephen King. Still inspiring." - Victor LaValle, New York Times Book Review
"King is arguably as much an American icon as the ’68 Fastback or a classic red and white Plymouth Fury. All of these glories are on full display in his latest mystery-horror hybrid... you’re in for one hell of a ride.” - Karin Slaughter, The Washington Post
“King appears to be on a hot streak, that he extends with The Outsider. Big, complex and inventive, it’s a well-honed continuation of his interest in the intersection of crime and horror fiction, demonstrating his consummate skill with both.” - Michael Berry, The Portland Press Herald
"Every time Stephen King writes another book, I worry. Has he gone to the horror well too often? Will it be as good as It or Dolores Claiborne or Doctor Sleep or any of his 50-plus other titles? Luckily, his scary ideas continue to flow unfettered from his mind to the pages, most recently in The Outsider... masterful.” - Amanda St. Amand, St. Louis Post Dispatch
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: 22nd May 2018
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.9 x 16.2
Weight (kg): 0.77
Edition Number: 1