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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?
Very interesting read with the usual supernatural twist. Loved it.
very good buy
all about it is great
Oh Stevie, you've done it again!
When you have read everything an author writes you know that you're not going to like all of them equally. This could be called number 4 in the Hodges trilogy, even though the eponymous hero of that trilogy is now gone. Either way I did find it a story of 2 parts, part 1 the crime & part 2 the solving of that crime. Unlike some others I wasn't disappointed with the supernatural element of this story but I did feel it was a little heavy handed/long-winded, with the historical explanations of the "entity". So it's not his best or worst but it's still a bloody good read.
Jane the Librarian and "constant reader"
Brilliant to the end
This is definitely one of the great Stephen King books, up there with IT. I found that keeping a name and function list was a great help as there a quite a few characters. The subject is grusome but kept at a reasonable distance. Top scene, the detective ont eh toilelt withe monster appearing behind the shower screen
Snobs will say its not a great novel. It is very American in social reference. Outsider as a horror detective story: unbeatable..
Toowoomba, Qld, Australia
The real Stephen King is back!!~
Stephen's last couple of books were a little too "ordinary". The Outsider is more like the Stephen I have been following it seems like forever. I have every book he has ever written.
King has taken the innocent man genre and given it a supernatural makeover, creating a classic detective novel with bonus spectres. - Herald Sun
Chilling, endearing, horrifying in the best possible way. I'd forgotten what a genius he is - Sunday Canberra Times
ISBN: 9781473676404 ISBN-10: 1473676401 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 496 Published: 22nd May 2018 Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3
Weight (kg): 0.61
Edition Number: 1
About the Author
Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine in 1947, the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. He made his first professional short story sale in 1967 to Startling Mystery Stories. In the fall of 1973, he began teaching high school English classes at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine. Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels. In the spring of 1973, Doubleday & Co., accepted the novel Carrie for publication, providing him the means to leave teaching and write full-time. He has since published over 50 books and has become one of the world's most successful writers.
Stephen lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. They are regular contributors to a number of charities including many libraries and have been honored locally for their philanthropic activities.