The second book in Stephen King’s Bill Hodges trilogy (Mr. Mercedes, Finders Keepers, End of Watch)—now an AT&T Audience Original Series!
“Stephen King’s superb stay-up-all-night thriller is a sly tale of literary obsession that recalls the themes of his classic 1987 novel Misery” (The Washington Post)—the #1 New York Times bestseller about the power of storytelling, starring the same trio of unlikely and winning heroes Stephen King introduced in Mr. Mercedes.
“Wake up, genius.” So announces deranged fan Morris Bellamy to iconic author John Rothstein, who once created the famous character Jimmy Gold and hasn’t released anything since. Morris is livid, not just because his favorite writer has stopped publishing, but because Jimmy Gold ended up as a sellout. Morris kills his idol and empties his safe of cash, but the real haul is a collection of notebooks containing John Rothstein’s unpublished work...including at least one more Jimmy Gold novel. Morris hides everything away—the money and the manuscripts no one but Gold ever saw—before being locked up for another horrific crime. But upon Morris’s release thirty-five years later, he’s about to discover that teenager Pete Saubers has already found the stolen treasure—and no one but former police detective Bill Hodges, along with his trusted associates Holly Gibney and Jerome Robinson, stands in the way of his vengeance...
Not since Misery has Stephen King played with the notion of a reader and murderous obsession, filled with “nail biting suspense that’s the hallmark of [his] best work” (Publishers Weekly).
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
An unrivaled 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.
This book is written to perfection. Can hardly wait to finish the trilogy. This is definitely a must buy!!!!!!
5-stars as always. I cannot wait to read End of Watch!