I thought this was a great book. Stephen King has made a venture into the detective/mystery drama flawlessly with this trilogy. Mr. Mercedes, Finders Keepers, and his upcoming 3rd book in the trilogy take place in the same universe with some loose ties in the person of retired police officer turned detective Bill Hodges.
This one centers on unpublished manuscripts that were stolen during the murder of a reclusive author. They are forgotten when the criminal, a fan of the author’s earlier work, goes to jail. The books are rediscovered by another fan many years later and the struggle to determine what happens to them is central to the story.
King excels at this genre without the use of horror, supernatural elements, or excessive violence. I am liking his venture into this genre and look forward to more.
I both love and hate Stephen King for crossing over into the detective/crime genre. This is my favorite genre and he makes it look easy. For those of us that struggle with the twists and turns of writing in this genre, I hate him. I also love the books and will read the next one in the trilogy, end of watch, when it comes out.
King’s character of Bill Hodges is inspiring as the retired officer. In this book, we find that he has improved his health and has seen success as a P.I.
I give this book five out of five pizzas.