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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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The Outsider
(Holly Gibney #4)
by Stephen King

Wow, this is really horrible, just what a Stephen King book should be! Lol! Creepy, full of suspense, creature of unknown origin, grief, pain, families and communities falling apart! What's not to love? Haha!
I haven't read his Holly books yet but that ends now! Wow, I feel in love with her! She is so likeably creepy! At first, before she appeared in the book, I thought it was going to just be a strange mystery, A different kind of King book, I should have known better. Well, now to check the library for the other books! ( )
  MontzaleeW | Jun 2, 2021 |
Watched the miniseries - then read the book. Enjoyed both equally! ( )
  wills2003 | May 31, 2021 |
I kept Thinking about the ManBot episode of Supernatural and how the Winchester would have handled this by chapter 10 or so. ( )
  amoderndaybelle | May 27, 2021 |
A pleasant surprise to see Holly Gibney back but it is truly offputting to read the juvenile jabs at Republicans. Rich prima donna leftist celebrities are the only business that consistently insults their customers. Not as bad as that asinine collaboration with his son though. ( )
  swampwampagus | Apr 14, 2021 |
This Stephen King crime thriller was also great. As with the Bill Hodges Trilogy, there is a lot of paranormal and Holy also made an important contribution to solving the case.
It all started with an arrest carried out by an avid police officer and an equally ambitious prosecutor. But, as always, appearances are deceptive, the watertight evidence is crumbling, doubts arise and while government officials are still holding on to their evidence, people are dying. Holy tries to open the eyes of the police officer, but that takes time.
It was very exciting from the start. I highly recommend it. ( )
  Ameise1 | Apr 3, 2021 |
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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 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.

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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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