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Finders Keepers
Hardcover | Kindle Edition
Written by Stephen King
Scribner | Simon & Schuster
Release Date: June 2nd, 2015
Cover Price: $30.00

1978 – Morris Bellamy loved Jimmy Gold, the lead character in John Rothstein’s Runner books. What he did to him in the last book, was unforgivable. He suburbanized him! This recluse doesn’t deserve to live! He murders the old author, and he makes off with money and tons of unpublished work. A blackout drunk, Morrie, ends up in jail for life, his loot buried.

2009 – Tom Saubers was severely injured in the Mercedes Killer rampage, causing him and his family to tank financially.

2010 – Broke and on the verge of divorce, the Saubers do a lot of the “arkie barkies.” That is until the son, Pete, digs up an old trunk filled with lots of money and many moleskin notebooks.

What do you think happens when Morrie comes a lookin’?

Stephen King‘s Finders Keepers, the second book in a planned trilogy that began with Mr. Mercedes, connects the Constant Reader to the first novel, without it feeling like exposition on the way to the conclusion. Finders Keepers could easily be a standalone novel. Lucky for us, it sets up the third installment quite nicely. It is a stay-up-all-night-because-you-cannot-put-it-down novel.

Finders Keepers also brings the return of the trio that brought down Mercedes Killer: Brady Hartsfield (rotting away in his own brain in a hospital), Bill Hodges, Jerome Robinson, and Holly Gibney. Someone needs their help and they won’t back down, no matter the danger.

This book is fantastic, with King’s way of drawing you inside the story and you can’t quite leave until you are done. It’s his special talent for imagery that does this. You can see everything in your mind’s eye. Now, Stephen King fans will love this book, no matter what. I don’t have to do a hard sell, a soft sell, or any sell. In fact, I might have to hide my book so no one steals it. If you are a Stephen King virgin, you could easily read this novel and fall in love, resulting in a rushed author study.

The third installment of the trilogy, The Suicide Prince, has no release date as of yet.

His new collection of short stories, The Bazaar Of Bad Dreams, has a projected release date of November 3rd, 2015.

Scribner/ Simon & Schuster press release:

A masterful, intensely suspenseful novel about a reader whose obsession with a reclusive writer goes far too far—a book about the power of storytelling, starring the same trio of unlikely and winning heroes King introduced in Mr. Mercedes.

“Wake up, genius.” So begins King’s instantly riveting story about a vengeful reader. The genius is John Rothstein, an iconic author who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn’t published a book for decades. Morris Bellamy is livid, not just because Rothstein has stopped providing books, but because the nonconformist Jimmy Gold has sold out for a career in advertising. Morris kills Rothstein and empties his safe of cash, yes, but the real treasure is a trove of notebooks containing at least one more Gold novel.

Morris hides the money and the notebooks, and then he is locked away for another crime. Decades later, a boy named Pete Saubers finds the treasure, and now it is Pete and his family that Bill Hodges, Holly Gibney, and Jerome Robinson must rescue from the ever-more deranged and vengeful Morris when he’s released from prison after thirty-five years.

Not since Misery has King played with the notion of a reader whose obsession with a writer gets dangerous. Finders Keepers is spectacular, heart-pounding suspense, but it is also King writing about how literature shapes a life—for good, for bad, forever.

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