The Outsider

The Outsider

Book - 2018
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An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation. At a time when the King brand has never been stronger, he has delivered one of his most unsettling and compulsively readable stories.

An eleven-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King's propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face? When the answer comes, it will shock you as only Stephen King can.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, ©2018.
ISBN: 9781501180989
Characteristics: 561 pages ;,25 cm


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King wraps a wild weird tale inside a police procedural in this nicely executed extension of his Bill Hodges detective trilogy (begun with 2014's Mr. Mercedes). King's skillful use of criminal forensics helps to ground his tale in a believable clinical reality where the horrors stand out in sharp... Read More »

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Jul 16, 2018

This was my first Stephen King novel and boy am I mad I had not read any of his work until now! I loved it so much and was surprised at how fast I got through it. It reads like a movie. King is a master at painting scenes so perfectly that you feel like you are right there. I was so surprised when I found it at the library. I figured this new release would've been no where to be found. Great find! My only draw back was the ending got slightly weak but that does not take away from the adrenaline I had reading the rest of the book. I am now seeking all of his other books and am a true fan!

Jul 06, 2018

This was a great book, like Kings early books: Salem's Lot and The Shining. The story is based on a Mexican legend I had not heard of before.. I liked the characters in this book, and I enjoyed Holly (Mr. Mercedes series), Bill's friend being brought into the mystery. That she brought the Happy Slapper was a great tribute to her old partner. I would love SK to write more about Holly and Ralph's working together. I too was sorry when I finished the book. Also, I am still waiting for King to write a real sequel to Salem's Lot.

Jul 06, 2018

Couldn't put this book down, carried it with me to read whenever I had a few minutes available, it was that compelling.

ArapahoeApril Jul 03, 2018

Another amazing read by the master of horror. King is able to create an intricate story with vibrant characters. I couldn't put this book down and yet when I was done I was sad to close the book on some awesome characters. I just wasn't ready for it to end. There is a returning character from one of Stephen King's detective novels and that was a fun addition. Overall, very well done and highly recommended. Can't wait for the tv series that is already in the works.

Jun 23, 2018

I cannot think of an author in the history of all mankind who has written characters as well as Stephen K. The story, plot, theme, everything else practically matters not. For instance, who didn't start saying "cluster mug" after reading The Dome? Do you know one soul who did not accidentally drop a "Thankee Sai" after reading the Dark Tower? Can you honestly tell me you know a Stephen King reader who has not asked you to, "Pull up a rock and have a little palaver?" Anywho, the plot might could have been pedantic, predictable and plastic, but I wouldn't know because I don't pay attention to that. I'm way more intrigued how he can write a human being so real it's as if they are old friends.

Jun 23, 2018

Mr King has done it again, love the supernatural twists that has a basis in Mexican folklore El Cucuy, makes a great read!!!!

Jun 17, 2018

Yes! Another favorite for my shelf. Stephen King put out another fabulous book just the way I like it -- almost too much for me to handle with superb writing. He pulled no stops and even snuck in his weird creepy humor... this one caught me and I had to read it a couple times just to enjoy the laugh.

"The respirator wheezed. Fred Peterson’s chest rose and fell. Every now and then he made a thick noise that sounded weirdly like a chuckle. As if it were all a cosmic joke, but you had to be in a coma to get it."

I loved coming across the Happy Slapper and Holly again too. Any mention of Bill Hodges brightens my day, and I absolutely loved how this story intertwined with Holly and Finders Keepers.

...there was this one part that I am dying to share but can't...just read it!

debwalker Jun 13, 2018

King back on form.

Jun 12, 2018

Enjoyed the first half but had to push myself to finish. The middle seemed to drag on.

Jun 05, 2018

Crazy Roller Coaster Ride.

How do I start?
This is Mr. King's rebound novel after Sleeping Beauties, and in typical Stephen King fashion, your emotions go places you didn't realize they could.

Starting out this is a pretty straight forward "who did it" type story until you realize Mr. King now has to explain how someone can be in 2 different places at the same time. I think we all wish at times we could do that, but trust me, not in this way.
An unthinkable crime was committed, not one for the weak stomach people.
This opens up a slew of events making you think you are on the verge of figuring out what just happened.
But, you don't.

Three quarters of the novel are exciting, edge of your seat enjoyable, with a couple of different false endings.
Then Mr. King decides to be Mr. King.
He's going to make you wait for the finale.

This could have very well been 150 pages shorter, and great. I found myself drudging through the final 100 pages, looking at the page number, counting down in my head how many more pages I had left.
A couple of the action scenes during those final pages were good, but the rest seemed like too much overkill, preventing me from giving this 5 stars.

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