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The Colorado Kid (Hard Case Crime) (edition 2019)

by Stephen King (Author)

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The Colorado Kid by Stephen King

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lI have been watching the series "Haven" which is based on this book so was anxious to read it because of the tie to the TV series but also because I couldn't believe that there was a Stephen King book that I hadn't read. Stephen King himself stated that there would be no middle ground on this book. People would either hate it or love it...but I found that I was on middle ground. The characters were likable enough but it was rather short on entertainment value. The mystery was never actually answered or maybe the answer was not all mysteries have an answer. Strange little story to say the least...but then King fans know that he is the master of strange. ( )
  Carol420 | Apr 26, 2019 |
On Moose-Lookit Island off the coast of Maine, a reporter from the Boston Globe fails in his attempt to elicit any undocumented tales of the bizarre from Vince Teague and Dave Bowie, owners and editors of The Weekly Islander newspaper. This later sparks a conversation between the two elderly men and their lovely young intern, Stephanie McCann.

After recounting all of the local, tired chestnuts—including among others the mass poisoning of attendees at a church picnic, the appearance of a ship with a dead man on deck and the rest of the crew missing—Vince and Dave regale “Steffi” with the mystery of the Colorado Kid.

In 1981, two high school students discovered the body of an unidentified middle-aged man on Hammock Beach. After a brief in situ examination by the coroner, a piece of meat was found lodged in the man’s throat. It was then concluded that he merely choked to death.

Yet, other clues left Vince to wonder if the cause of death was truly that simple. His overwhelming curiosity prompts him and Dave Bowie to begin an investigation, aided by an unexpected phone call almost two years later from former forensics student Paul Devane, who had helped collect evidence on the day the dead man was found.

Devane’s recollection lead Vince and Dave to uncover John Doe’s identity—but also served to evoke more questions than answers as to what motivated the Colorado Kid to travel halfway across the country on an apparent whim to a remote island town in Maine…

I picked up a paperback copy of The Colorado Kid from a used book dealer at one of the many SF conventions I attend each year. I might have passed it over had it not been for the spectacular television series, Haven, which was loosely based on King’s novel but expanded the storyline in wildly different directions. The only common characters between novel and series were Vince and Dave, though in Haven, the two were written as brothers and the actors (Richard Donat and John Dunsworth, respectively) did not at all correspond to Stephen King’s original description. Police chief Wuornos is briefly mentioned in the novel but was a main character only in the first season of the series and portrayed by Nicholas Campbell.

While the writing is not particularly sophisticated, the story is a quick and delightfully lighthearted read, told from the point of view of the intern, Steffi, who makes several deductions of her own as she absorbs the tale of the Colorado Kid imparted by the two ancient news hounds. ( )
  pgiunta | Dec 21, 2018 |
Ok book. A little hard to follow at times with what felt like no main character as well as some words a little difficult to read. Also confusing with the idea of it not being a story in a story? ( )
  Preston.Kringle | Nov 23, 2018 |
I am definitely in the camp that doesn't at all mind a lack of resolution at the end of a story. In fact, I find the need to have everything wrapped up with a bow and packaged neatly into a nice snug box it fits into perfectly to be rather tiresome on occasion, and downright irritating on others.

So this definitely scratches an itch for me. Still, I would only give it three and a half stars - relatively low for King - for the very simple reason that it's only a novella, and I prefer something a bit meatier.

As for how much it has in common with the show Haven? The answer is very, very little. Apart from Vince and Dave, who are literally telling the story (as newspaper men are wont to do, I suppose), there's only the odd familiar snippet or name for people who have watched the show and have come looking for the source material. There are no "troubles", none of the major characters apart from the aforementioned, and no real hint of anything supernatural. So if that's what you're looking for, you'd be better off in the fan-fiction section... ( )
  Sammystarbuck | Nov 19, 2018 |


The audiobook is a perfect format for this well-told dialogic drama.

I enjoyed every minute of listening to this story unfold.

Well-thought-out highly structured, it rewards the reader. Evokes time and place and the passing of time perfectly. ( )
  nkmunn | Nov 17, 2018 |
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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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