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Publisher Description

The eagerly awaited paperback edition of the No. 1 bestselling hardcover featuring a stand-alone sequel to The Outsider, and three additional irresistible novellas.

News people have a saying: 'If it bleeds, it leads'. And a bomb at Albert Macready Middle School is guaranteed to lead any bulletin.

Holly Gibney of the Finders Keepers detective agency is working on the case of a missing dog - and on her own need to be more assertive - when she sees the footage on TV. But when she tunes in again, to the late-night report, she realises something is not quite right about the correspondent who was first on the scene. So begins 'If It Bleeds', a stand-alone sequel to the No. 1 bestselling THE OUTSIDER featuring the incomparable Holly on her first solo case - and also the riveting title story in Stephen King's brilliant new collection.

Dancing alongside are three more wonderful long stories from this 'formidably versatile author' (The Sunday Times) - 'Mr Harrigan's Phone', 'The Life of Chuck' and 'Rat'. All four display the richness of King's storytelling with grace, humour, horror and breathtaking suspense. A fascinating Author's Note gives us a wonderful insight into the origin of each story and the writer's unparalleled imagination

Crime & Thrillers
21 April
Hodder & Stoughton
Hachette Australia Pty Ltd

Customer Reviews

L12221E ,

Easy read

King has lots of ideas… these are a few good ones.

film_buff87 ,

Not his strongest collection...

...but still quite readable, in how Stephen King effortlessly sets up characters, dialogue and scenes.

Story 1 manages to capture an air of mystery and conjures up nightmarish imagery before not knowing where to go or how to really end.

Story 2 feels like a Twilight Zone episode - starts off strong but calms down into a reflection of life, love and spontaneity.

Story 3, the titular IF IT BLEEDS, is solid, if a little lacking in a stronger antagonist, a worthy opponent. But I never really cared for the Bill Hodges universe / trilogy.

Story 4 is by far my favourite - It’s King at his usual but darkly humorous and working in a mythical angle. I can dig it.

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