'Wake up, genius.' So begins King's instantly riveting story about a vengeful reader. The genius is John Rothstein, a Salinger-like icon who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn't published a book for decades. Morris Bellamy is livid, not just because Rothstein has stopped providing books, but because the nonconformist Jimmy Gold has sold out for a career in advertising. Morris kills Rothstein and empties his safe of cash, yes, but the real treasure is a trove of notebooks containing at least one more Gold novel.
Morris hides the money and the notebooks, and then he is locked away for another crime. Decades later, a boy named Pete Sauberg finds the treasure, and now it is Pete and his family that Bill Hodges, Holly Gibney, and Jerome Robinson must rescue from the ever-more deranged and vengeful Morris when he's released from prison after thirty-five years.
Not since Misery has King played with the notion of a reader whose obsession with a writer gets dangerous. Finders Keepers is spectacular, heart-pounding suspense, but it is also King writing about how literature shapes a life - for good, for bad, forever.
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An unrivalled storyteller, Stephen King made our pulse race with this crime thriller. A violent assailant steals dozens of secret notebooks from a reclusive writer. Decades later, a teenager discovers them buried in a trunk, along with enough cash to help his struggling family—unwittingly endangering them all. As he did with his bestseller Misery, King probes the relationships between readers and writers, charting the line between admiration and obsession. Ex-detective Bill Hodges—the charming hero of Mr Mercedes—again leads a winning pack of underdog investigators. The menace and surprises come fast and hard in Finders Keepers.
Bill Hodges, the retired detective hero of King's Mr. Mercedes (2014), stars in this taut thriller about the thin line separating fandom from fanaticism. In 1978, Morris Bellamy murders his literary idol, John Rothstein (clearly modeled on J.D. Salinger), and pilfers more than 100 notebooks filled with Rothstein's unpublished writing. After serving 35 years in the clink for another crime, Bellamy returns to the Midwestern everyville of Northfield to reclaim the stashed notebooks only to discover that they've fallen into the hands of teenage Rothstein fan Pete Saubers, who's in dire need of Hodges's protective services when the murder-minded Bellamy comes after him. Bellamy is one of King's creepiest creations a literate and intelligent character whom any passionate reader will both identify with and be repelled by. His relentless pursuit of a treasure that his twisted thinking has determined is rightfully his generates the nail-biting suspense that's the hallmark of King's best work. A sharp closing twist suggests Hodges will be back.
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Engrossed to the end as I was with Mr Mercedes, now can't wait for the third in this trilogy