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The Colorado Kid (Hard Case Crime, 013-I) (edition 2019)

by Stephen King (Author)

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Fiction. Literature. HTML: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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Title:The Colorado Kid (Hard Case Crime, 013-I)
Authors:Stephen King (Author)
Info:Hard Case Crime (2019), Edition: Reissue, 208 pages
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Great book! I always like Stephen King, even when he writes things outside of his normal genre. If you enjoy neat, clean endings though, this is not for you. It definitely leaves a bit up to the imagination, but really, that’s not always bad. ( )
  jbrownleo | Mar 27, 2024 |
Had high hopes as always, nice read but did not pull me in. ( )
  Iira | Jul 7, 2023 |
A different and interesting story from the master King. A dead man is found on a beach in Maine by two high school students about 25 years ago. The mystery of the man, the locals nicknamed the Colorado Kid, is told by two older men who run the local newspaper to their young apprentice. I was skeptical of whether or not I would like this book because it hasn’t scored the best reviews. I was pleasantly surprised to have enjoyed it. It’s not just about the story of the Colorado Kid; it’s about a place in Maine, the relationships between the newspaper people, and the reality of mysteries. ( )
  NatalieRiley | Jun 17, 2023 |
I picked this for the Maine setting, and because it's one of the 3 books King wrote for the Hard Case Crime series. I did like the setting, but it's more of a short story s t r e t c h e d to novella length. The main characters were agreeable but hackneyed, and the older men constantly calling the younger female intern "dear" and "darlin'" was grating. Luckily, the other 2 of his Hard Case Crime books (Later and Joyland) were much better. ( )
  mportley | May 10, 2023 |
“Ayuh, the story of the Colorado Kid is a confusing tale, all right,”

And it is told by Vince, with little additions by Dave, to Steffi, the new gal who writes ads for their newspaper on a little island off of the Maine coast. It basically is this - how did a man from Colorado come to be dead on a beach in Maine? And with the details that the men know, it really, truly is a mystery that seems to border on the impossible!

I really enjoyed the interplay between Vince and Dave as they told the story. It read like a real, authentic friendship and made me feel a little bit sad that I don’t have someone to banter with like that in my own life. They roll the story out to Stef, but it felt like I was right there at the table with them! And even though I don't like books that end like this, in this case, I didn't really mind! It is a very enjoyable mystery! And a pretty dang 'hard case' to figure out! ( )
  Stahl-Ricco | Feb 21, 2023 |
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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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Fiction. Literature. HTML: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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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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