Finders Keepers

Finders Keepers

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2015
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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, a Salinger-like icon 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 Sauberg 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.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Audio, 2015
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781442384354
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file) : digital
Additional Contributors: Patton, Will
Call Number: eAudio


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Sep 15, 2017

You can't go wrong with King. What I like about him is that despite his fame and fortune, he still wants to improve himself, honing his craft.
I tend to categorize his books into three types: books that scare the pants off you, page-turning thrillers with real-to-life plots, and thought provokers, dealing with issues that need to be raised. The first category is what we naturally associate with King; Carry, The Shining, Christine are all examples of this type. Books in the second category were written after he became famous. Finders Keepers is a good example. It is about a ferocious murderer and his obsession with a famous writer. Books in the third category can fit in the other two classes, except that it deals with an issue that stays on your mind long after you've finished the book. For example, Misery is a thriller but it also makes you think about human loneliness, especially as it affects seniors. The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile deal with prison conditions and also touches on race relations.
My only criticism of Finders Keepers is that King suddenly jumps genre at the end of the book. All along the plot is realistic but the conclusion is typical of a horror. Perhaps King felt he would disappoint his readers if he did not include what he is famous for, but I would have preferred a more realistic ending. But as I said, you can't go wrong with King and this is definitely a good read.

Jan 23, 2016

The second book in the Mr. Mercedes trilogy, this one was well written, albeit a bit predictable. Interestingly, King sets up the next book over the course of this story, and almost introduces the story at the end. As with most Stephen King novels this was very good.

Dec 31, 2015

I enjoyed this action book. It's not high art here. I guess technically it is a sequel book, but it really is not. It is the same world, with a few returning characters, that's about it. Morris obsession over the Rothstein's works are kind of crazy to the point of not believable.


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