Stephen King has never been a great writer but when he’s firing on all cylinders he’s a compelling writer whose books read really fast thanks to much of the plot being delivered through dialogue. Sometimes he really gets how people speak and sometimes he writes stuff so blaringly weak it sounds like it should be read out of a JUGHEAD comic book from the 1960s.
King’s best work, in my opinion, is ‘Salem’s Lot which is the story of a small Maine town discovering that they have been invaded by a vampire who is spreading his disease quickly through the burrow.
This latest offering from King is a pale imitation of that— but it also reads like he’s built a universe of characters and this is a continuation of some of their stories. Not being up on King like I used to be I was unaware that this was a thing.
All right— so the book; A young boy is brutally murdered and his little league coach is not only the number one suspect he’s the only suspect because all of the evidence points to him in what appears to be an open shut case, only it’s not because the guy (A teacher of course because King writes only about what he knows) has an iron clad alibi and reputation both of which seem to mean nothing when they arrest him.
The book is 500+ pages which is short for a King book but it reads very fast, I bought this on a Friday and mailed it off to my sister in law on Sunday when I’d finished it.
I’d give it a solid 6.0 on the ol’ 1-10 scale— if you like private detective stores mixed with sort of a MONK meets Nancy Drew you’ll like this, and it’s a quick summer read.