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The Outsider (2018)

by Stephen King

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An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation. At a time when the King brand has never been stronger, he has delivered one of his most unsettling and compulsively readable stories. An eleven-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad. As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King's propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face? When the answer comes, it will shock you as only Stephen King can.… (more)
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Another homerun by my favorite author. King creates a story that takes our everyday life and adds an element of supernatural, which is always surprising and creative! ( )
  Chrissylou62 | Aug 1, 2020 |
Loved this book. My First King novel and it didn't disappoint. The plot was engaging all the way through and was able to keep me from putting the book down once I got closer to the end. ( )
  rimtusaw243 | Jul 31, 2020 |
This is the first book that I have read by Stephen King. I loved the first half of this book so much i read it in a few days, but felt like the second half of the book slowed down quite a bit. I liked the ending of the book and I will be buying the Mr Mecedes trilogy to read.

Favorite quote - There was one rock-hard fact, as unassailable as gravity: a man could not be in two places at the same time. ( )
  JesseekaG | Jul 30, 2020 |
Fantastic!! ( )
  jeanbmac | Jul 28, 2020 |
King currently has about 32 films in production. Many are repeats of earlier efforts, but this book is one of them. King goes into excruciating detail at times, which is good for movie directors, because you can often see what's going on in your head quite well. Well formed characters, and yet, there is that tendency to want to skip through. He's a pulp novelist, and it would be nice to see what an editor could do with his stuff. It doesn't mean he doesn't write interesting stories. There's just too much writing. ( )
  billycongo | Jul 22, 2020 |
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Thought only gives the world an appearance of order to anyone weak enough to be convinced by its show.
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"The Country of the blind"
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For Rand and Judy Holston
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It was an unmarked car, just some nondescript American sedan a few years old, but the blackwall tires and the three men inside gave it away for what it was.
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An eleven-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. The case seems ironclad, especially when Anderson and the district attorney are able to add DNS evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. But Maitland has an alibi, and it turns out his story has incontrovertible evidence of its own.

How can two opposing stories be true? What happens to a family when an accusation of this magnitude is delivered? When must reason or rationality be abandoned in order to explain the inexplicable? As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King's propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face? When the answer comes, it will shock as only Stephen King can.
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