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The Colorado Kid (edition 2005)

by Stephen King

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Title:The Colorado Kid
Authors:Stephen King
Info:Dorchester Publishing (2005), Edition: First Edition, Paperback
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The Colorado Kid by Stephen King

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First time I've read a mystery that remained even after I'd finished the story. Enjoyable story with likable characters. ( )
  bibliostuff | Mar 20, 2014 |
Excellent quick read. Not your usual Stephen King, but totally worth it, in my book. ( )
  BryanCaron | Jan 4, 2014 |
I was looking for a short mystery read and this definitely fit the bill. That being said, I threw the book across the room. Be warned.

Stephen King, as always, does a masterful job of storytelling. He sets the scene and then hooks you and reels you in until you can only helplessly turn the pages. This tiny mystery novella (less than 200 pages) is narrated by two old journalists who tell the beautiful young intern the most tantalizing and unsolved crime they know. The reader, like the intern, gets hopelessly sucked in as they recount the strange incident of the Colorado Kid. A dead body, thousands of miles from home, no answers, ruled as an accidental death? The questions keep coming until *SPOILER* you get to the end and discover (turn back now if you want to read this!) that it's still unsolved!! This story ends with no conclusion!!! Ahhh!!!! That being said it was still a mighty fine read. All hail the ever talented Stephen King. ( )
  ecataldi | Dec 26, 2013 |
This short novel read almost like a case study. As is always the case with Mr. King's writing, the characters were complete and well-drawn but if you are troubled by loose ends, beware. This story is made up almost entirely of loose ends. There is no resolution, no closure, no tidying up of facts. Still, King always writes well and engagingly and this is a pleasant character sketch of the three people engaged in the dialogue. It's worth reading on those terms.

One observation here. If you've ever watched the television show "Haven" and noticed that the screen credits say the series is based upon this book, don't take that too seriously. Vince and Dave exist in the television series but there is nothing else in the fantasy series that is really drawn from this story. Merely, I suspect, a way of capitalizing on Stephen King's reputation. ( )
  turtlesleap | Oct 25, 2013 |
Probably a 3.5 but I rounded up because of the quality of the writing.

This book was published by Hard Case Crime. I usually love their hard boiled, noir crime novels but this really doesn't fit their usual style.
Not that it was a bad book, it wasn't. It just wasn't a standard mystery book...just a bunch of reporters sitting around talking about an unsolved mystery.
That being said it does have all of the classic Stephen King parts including GREAT writing, amazing characters, dialogue that is just wonderful and of course the usual Stephen King ending (which means I was disappointed and frustrated).

I would recommend the book but with a caveat - only recommended to Stephen King fans who also like Stephen King when he's not writing horror or suspense.
If you like horror or suspense this is not your book.
If you like noir this is not your book.
If you like a standard mystery this is not your book.

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  ferrisscottr | Jun 18, 2013 |
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With admiration, for Dan J. Marlowe, author of The Name of the Game is Death: Hardest of the hardboiled.
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After deciding he would get nothing of interest from the two old men who comprised the entire staff of The Weekly Islander, the feature writer from the Boston Globe took a look at his watch, remarked that he could just make the one-thirty ferry back to the mainland if he hurried, thanked them for their time, dropped some money on the tablecloth, weighted it down with the salt shaker so the stiffish onshore breeze wouldn't blow it away, and hurried down the stone steps from The Grey Gull's patio dining area toward Bay Street and the little town below.
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The third-person narrative concerns the investigation of the body of an unidentified man found on a tiny island off the coast of Maine. Lacking any identification or obvious clues, the case reaches nothing but repeated dead-ends. Well over a year later the man is identified, but all further important questions remain unanswered. The two-man staff of the island newspaper maintain a longstanding fascination with the case, and twenty-five years later use the mysterious tale to ply the friendship and test the investigative mettle of a postgrad intern rookie reporter.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0843955848, Mass Market Paperback)

On an island off the coast of Maine, a man is found dead. There's no identification on the body. Only the dogged work of a pair of local newspapermen and a graduate student in forensics turns up any clues.

But that's just the beginning of the mystery. Because the more they learn about the man and the baffling circumstances of his death, the less they understand. Was it an impossible crime? Or something stranger still...?

No one but Stephen King could tell this story about the darkness at the heart of the unknown and our compulsion to investigate the unexplained. With echoes of Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon and the work of Graham Greene, one of the world's great storytellers presents a surprising tale that explores the nature of mystery itself...

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On an island off the coast of Maine, a man is found dead. There's no identification on the body. Only the dogged work of a pair of local newspapermen and a graduate student in forensics turns up any clues, and it's more than a year before the man is identified.… (more)

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