The Outsider

The Outsider

by Stephen King

Overview: 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.

Deanna Boe (09/07/18): How does he do it? This is a man who has written at least 65 novels, 55 under his own name and 7 under the pen name of Richard Backman. Then there are over 200 short stories! King’s mind must be always racing through thoughts on one storyline to another. What is most amazing is how his writing is so excellently written, detailed, unique, extensive and many other adjectives that can’t really do justice to all that he has created for us to enjoy. Thus saying, ironically, I have only read a handful of his books. Why? I am simply not into the really spine-chilling, weird or hair-raising type of books that he has written. I like the ones he has written that are more plausible i.e. MISERY for instance. Saying this it didn’t prevent me from grabbing his latest book from the library shelf: THE OUTSIDER. No one can ever deny that Stephen King is one outstanding writer, probably the best I have read this summer, along with Daniel Silva. Their plots are well thought out, superbly written, and hold your attention right to the end.

This book starts out as a “normal” type of murder that appears to have been committed by a well admired man of his community. He was arrested in front of a crowd of people attending a little league game that he is coaching. It sends shock waves simply because he has always been such an outstanding man. Unfortunately, his finger prints are found all over the murder weapon, the car used to transport the young boy, and elsewhere. Not only that but several people could identify him as being with this young boy. How could this be? It could be proven that he was hours away at a teacher conference, with fellow teachers, and even a video showing him asking a question at the conference. So, now we have the twist that only King can throw into his plot that will leave you wondering just what is happening. I will leave it at that so as to not spoil the well crafted storyline that has been written for your enjoyment.

We all know that King can be quite verbose! This is a detailed book but not as comprehensive as some he has written in the past. This is a positive point for me; I am sure if you like King you will thoroughly enjoy this book. The book, as anything by King, left me wondering how does he continue to think up all these scenarios?
Rating: *****

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