The second standalone novel in Stephen King's Bill Hodges trilogy (Mr Mercedes, Finders Keepers, End of Watch) - and the basis of the third season of Mr Mercedes, an AT&T Audience Original Series (10 September 2019).
Morris Bellamy is a reader so obsessed by America's iconic author John Rothstein that he is prepared to kill for a trove of notebooks containing at least one more unpublished novel.
Pete Saubers, a boy whose father was brutally injured by a stolen Mercedes, discovers a buried trunk containing cash and Rothstein's notebooks.
After thirty-five years in prison, Morris is up for parole. And he's hell-bent on recovering his treasure.
Now it's up to retired detective Bill Hodges - running an investigative company called 'Finders Keepers' - to rescue Pete from an ever-more deranged and vengeful Morris...
Not since Misery has King written with such visceral power about a reader with such a dangerous obsession. Finders Keepers is spectacular suspense, and it is King writing about how literature shapes a life for good, for bad, for ever.
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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idol, John Rothstein (clearly modeled on J.D. Salinger), and pilfers more than 100 notebooks filled with Rothstein's unpublished writing.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.
Engrossed to the end as I was with Mr Mercedes, now can't wait for the third in this trilogy