Tuesday, March 10, 2020

The Outsider By: Stephen King

Another great book by Stephen King.  I started watching the series with Justin Bateman. I watched the first 3 episodes, waited for my wife to catch up and then my wife moved forward without me :-(.

The book starts off with a brutal murder of a young child.  The description is extremely disturbing.  In the book the boy is mauled and also sodomized with a branch.  The town coach, Terry Maitland is the main suspect.  However the case soon unravels.  Ralph Anderson, the investigator of the crime and himself being the parent of a murdered child, arrests Maitland in front of the entire town and a game he is coaching.  The investigation takes a turn when Terry Maitland is 70 miles away at the time of the murder.  

As with a lot of Stephen King novels there is a lot of product placement within the book.  Sometimes it was a bit too much.   I will admit that I was tempted to cheat and watch the show in order to find out what was going on.  It is a suspense book all the way until the end.  I did find it a bit disturbing as King kept circling back and mentioning what had happened to the Frankie Peterson.  I felt as if King wanted to remind me again and again about the crime.  As soon as I started thinking about the plot, someone mentioned the gruesome act.

The crazy part is that I remember as a child when my parents told me about "el viejo de saco".   Little did I know that he would be the subject of a Stephen King novel.

Hardcover: 576 pages
Publisher: Scribner; First Editiion edition (May 22, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1501180983
ISBN-13: 978-1501180989

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