The Outsider by Stephen King
Series: Finders Keepers #4
Series: Finders Keepers #4
Hardcover, 561 pages
Published May 22nd, 2018 by Scribner
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.
This is only the second book by Stephen King that I have read and once again it did not disappoint.
A young boy has been brutally murdered, and all the evidence points directly to the Little League Coach Terry Maitland. This is shocking because Terry is a happily married family man and all-around good guy. His coaching of youth sports has made him one of the most respected persons in town. There has never been the slightest hint of any kind of criminal behavior from Terry. Detective Ralph Anderson is particularly outraged and makes the fateful decision to arrest Terry in public, in front of his family, friends and his Little League team, creating a media sensation.
Almost immediately after, new evidence comes to light showing that Terry was seen on camera hundreds of miles away at the exact moment the murder took place. Terry has an iron clad alibi that makes it impossible for him to be the murderer. As the investigation begins to unfold, doubts and alternative evidence make Ralph question Terry’s guilt. How could a man be in two places at once? I was once in four states at one time, Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico, I visited Four Corners Monument. I wouldn’t post the picture because I’m on all fours and it’s not pretty.
The action and suspense picked up right at the beginning of The Outsider. Then about two-thirds into the story it seemed to gradually slow and at times I found that it dragged a bit. Don’t get me wrong, the story still held my interest, but it wasn’t as gripping as the beginning. If you’re a Stephen King fan or not, I think you would enjoy The Outsider. Other reviewers have mentioned that The Outsider is a classic King novel.
Happy Reading -J