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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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This is less the story of a mystery, but more the story of what makes a mystery. Why doesn't the story of the Colorado Kid make a good mystery story, but is a great mystery? Vince Teague and Dave Bowie have been asking themselves that for the past twenty five years, and now they plan to share their thoughts with Stephanie McCann.

My second time reading this one, and I will definitely say I enjoyed it more the second time around. This is probably because I had a better idea of what to expect the second time. I knew what Vince and Dave were doing with their meandering style of storytelling, sharing with their intern a story that isn't really a story in the classic sense. The mystery of the Colorado Kid is absolutely fascinating, and a mystery in the truest sense of the word, but not what we as readers expect from a mystery story, especially not in the world of authors like Ellery Queen and Agatha Christie.

The important factors of The Colorado Kid that make it a good book and a good story is less the mystery, but those who are telling it. Experiencing the tale through Vince Teague and Dave Bowie as they impart it to Stephanie McCann is what makes the story worth experiencing. The way the old men light up not only in the telling of the tale, but in the revelations Steff comes to as they tell her, proving herself worthy of their trust in hearing this story that belongs to them. This is an exercise in the mechanics of a mystery story, and why the Colorado Kid is a unique case for a pair of old newspaper men on a small island off the coast of Maine. ( )
  regularguy5mb | May 6, 2017 |
Two aging reporters from a small coastal Maine town tell their out-of-town intern about a number of local unsolved mysteries, the most unusual of all being the case dubbed "The Colorado Kid," about a man who appeared dead one morning on the shore under the unlikeliest of circumstances.

This book is quite short -- more of a long short story or novella than a novel. Yet despite its brief length, it feels very repetitive. The mystery itself is never answered, which felt to me like a big waste of time as the mystery genre is usually as much about revealing as it is about concealing. And while I personally don't necessarily need everything to be neat, tidy, and 100% certain, it seems to me that even an open-ended mystery should have at least some elements that feel closed -- or at least point to one or two likely conclusions that the reader can draw. This one just sits there with several unexplainable aspects that don't offer any conclusions at all.

And still all of this might be forgivable if it were couched in between fascinating characters or locale. But this book doesn't deliver that. The sleepy town that despises those from "away," the two almost smugly patriarchal reporters, and the personality-free intern just aren't appealing and frankly aren't well fleshed out. King does have a bit of fun with being a bit meta and talking about the craft of storytelling through the voices of the reporters explaining to their intern what makes a good news article, but this wasn't enough to carry the book for me.

Props to the audiobook reader for tackling the thick Maine accents of the two reporters and for in general trying to inject some life into a rather mundane book. ( )
  sweetiegherkin | Apr 30, 2017 |
It's a mystery that makes you think. It doesn't hand you the answers in the end. ( )
  Tanya.Book.Hughes | Dec 20, 2016 |
The man who is normally associated as THE name in horror fiction, Stephen King proves again that he will not be tied down to one genre. In this work of short fiction King try the mystery fiction writers hat on and is still able to provide with the written word. ( )
  Emery_Demers | Nov 28, 2016 |
I put this on my reading list because it was the basis for the TV show Haven on the Sci Fi Channel (I refuse to use their other branding.) Figured it be best to read it so I better understood the show. So here we go.

While reading:
-- Interesting opening, and always learning.

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How does one review a story that isn't a story? The characters in the story themselves said there is no thru line. It offers a lot of what ifs with no solid conclusion. Which is common for most Stephen King writings. It is a fascinating work up and, to most mystery writers, it's a good opening. To me, where the story ended felt ... incomplete. There is too much missing, like a beginning, a middle, and an end. It felt like an extended scene. For what the scene presented, it was decent.

Vincent, Dave, and Stephanie would probably make a good newspaper trio. They know how to think things through.

As an author, this type of story would take a master to pull off. It's not something that I'd recommend an amateur try. Mostly because you'd need to understand how the structure works before you discard it.

Fun little piece. Now to go watch Haven. ( )
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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...

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:17:51 -0400)

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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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