Outsider: A Novel, The

Stephen King
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.


Reviewed: 2018-05-30

I've been a fan of Stephen King since the 1970s, but the love affair has ebbed and flowed ... for every 'The Shining', 'The Stand', 'Different Seasons', 'On Writing' and the unforgettable '11/22/63', there's plenty that have sat on the shelf which are largely unread. I tore through this one though - normally (on a good day) I read around 60-70 pages but finished this one off yesterday in a 140 page stretch. King really gets you in by the way he 'fleshes out' his characters (no pun intended) and this one has a terrific pace to it, but found it a little bloated in parts. I wouldn't suggest it's a reason to not the read the book in the event you haven't already read the Hodges trilogy (I haven't) but for those who have, The Outsider will probably add to the fun.

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