The Outsider

The Outsider

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An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation. At a time when the King brand has never been stronger, he has delivered one of his most unsettling and compulsively readable stories.

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.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, ©2018.
ISBN: 9781501180989
Characteristics: 561 pages ;,25 cm

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JohnHow
Aug 11, 2018

My first and last Stephen King novel. An interesting story line, but a ridiculous ending. And way too much profanity.

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ati3414
Aug 11, 2018

Complete garbage from the garbage master. An idiotic plot with zero suspense, bad grammar and boring writing style. Lower than zero.

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esheehy
Aug 09, 2018

The Outsider is the first Stephen King novel that I have read. Therefore, I do not know if it is one of his best or not. It certainly did not inspire me to run out and gobble up any of his other books. I was intrigued by the premise of a crime thriller merged with the supernatural, but at 560 pages this was a definite slog. King is so immensely popular and successful, I guess no editor would dare suggest paring back some of the backstories or repetition of plot points.

Even the creep-out scenes for me were ho-hum and not particularly clever or cringe-inducing. A boogieman under the bed --oh my! I know King has millions of fans, but I found his writing style to be prosaic and clunky at times. In what is supposed to be one of the most tense scenes in the novel, a life or death situation, the two characters are bantering movie trivia about "Rebel Without a Cause." Really? Talk about breaking the spell. I know I am in the minority, but this massive tome was disappointing.

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DebitDad
Aug 05, 2018

I loved the first half of this book and was only sorry when, halfway through, it turned to the supernatural. It is Stephen King, after all, but I badly wanted a real-life resolution. The second half is classic Stephen King, so fans should not be disappointed. I thought the story would have been stronger had he not resurrected characters and stories from his Bill Hodges Trilogy, which I felt he had neatly ended. Indeed, anyone who has not read that trilogy might have a little difficulty in tracking everything in the second half. I also kind of wish King would give his characters more modern names (Jack, Bill and such appear a lot in King's work - good names but overused). All that said, this is still probably the most compelling King book in a while and is very difficult to put down.

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sukiinnitt
Aug 02, 2018

This book certainly brought back Stephen King's mojo. It was very compelling and you will find it really hard to keep the book down.

multcolib_susannel Jul 29, 2018

When a horribly mutilated child is found, all the evidence points to Little League coach Terry Maitland. But Terry has an airtight alibi- and one person can't be in two places at once- right?

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nidus
Jul 26, 2018

For those who liked Stephen King's books decades ago and quit reading him, I want to tell you that he is back in business with the Outsider. This book holds up as well as the wonderful novels of the '70s and '80s. i'm so glad he is back on track and hope he keeps it up!

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RobertC65
Jul 20, 2018

Thank you Stephen King for a most impressive novel. The suspenseful plot, the unique characters and the inclusion of the great Holly Gibney from Mr. Mercedes kept my attention-I couldn't put it down! 5 Stars!!!

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tamarlove1
Jul 16, 2018

This was my first Stephen King novel and boy am I mad I had not read any of his work until now! I loved it so much and was surprised at how fast I got through it. It reads like a movie. King is a master at painting scenes so perfectly that you feel like you are right there. I was so surprised when I found it at the library. I figured this new release would've been no where to be found. Great find! My only draw back was the ending got slightly weak but that does not take away from the adrenaline I had reading the rest of the book. I am now seeking all of his other books and am a true fan!

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Shellie1_us
Jul 06, 2018

This was a great book, like Kings early books: Salem's Lot and The Shining. The story is based on a Mexican legend I had not heard of before.. I liked the characters in this book, and I enjoyed Holly (Mr. Mercedes series), Bill's friend being brought into the mystery. That she brought the Happy Slapper was a great tribute to her old partner. I would love SK to write more about Holly and Ralph's working together. I too was sorry when I finished the book. Also, I am still waiting for King to write a real sequel to Salem's Lot.

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