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Finders Keepers: A Novel (The Bill Hodges Trilogy) Hardcover – June 2, 2015

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Book 2 of 3 in the Bill Hodges Trilogy Series

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An Amazon Best Book of June 2015: For those of you who spent part of last summer being thrilled by Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes, this worthy sequel arrives just in time for summer 2015. Of course you can read Finders Keepers on its own if you’re so-inclined—King takes time to introduce new characters and new crimes in the first half of the book before carting out some familiar faces from the past. The story begins with a murder (of an author) and a robbery (of the author’s notebooks, including at least one unpublished manuscript). The crimes will linger in your mind, but what might linger most is when King explores his obsessions with, well, obsessions: obsession with reading, obsession with writers, even the need to get revenge. The book is well-plotted, but there remains an organic feel to this series, like the characters are writing themselves to some extent. As a character in Finders Keepers puts it, “a good novelist does not create events, he watches them happen then writes down what he sees. A good novelist realizes he is a secretary, not God.” Amen. That's why we love you, Stephen King.--Chris Schluep


Praise for Finders Keepers

“Stephen King’s superb new stay-up-all-night thriller, Finders Keepers, is a sly,often poignant tale of literary obsession that recalls the themes of his classic 1987 novel Misery…a love letter to the joys of reading and to American literature… wonderful, scary, moving.” (Elizabeth Hand, The Washington Post)

“[A] taut thriller about the thin line separating fandom from fanaticism…Bellamy is one of King’s creepiest creations—a literate and intelligent character whom any passionate reader will both identify with and be repelled by. His relentless pursuit of a treasure that his twisted thinking has determined is rightfully his generates the nail biting suspense that’s the hallmark of King’s best work. A sharp closing twist suggests Hodges will be back.” (Publishers Weekly)

“King’s many, many fans will want this, especially those who enjoyed Misery, but the second volume in King’s projected trilogy will appeal to anyone who enjoys suspense and action, or anyone who finds enlightenment in reading about the internal struggle between right and wrong. It’s not necessary to have read the previous book to enjoy this one.” (Library Journal)

“As in Misery and TheShining, King swan dives into the looniness lurking at both ends of thewriter-reader transaction…the narrative hums and roars along like ahigh-performance vehicle…a rip-snortingentertainment; one that also works as a sneaky-smart satire of literarycriticism and how even the most attentive readers can often miss the wholepoint.” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)

"The new book is sogood, being at least mildly obsessed with it is understandable. The finest thing about it, however, is thatthe author has another story to tell before the finale of this excellent series.” (USA Today)

Praise for Mr. Mercedes

"Classic Stephen King. Creepy, yet realistic characters that get under your skin and stay there, a compelling story that twists and turns at breakneck speed, and delightful prose that, once again, proves that one of America’s greatest natural storytellers is also one of its finest writers." (Associated Press)

"On one level, Mr. Mercedes is an expertly crafted example of the classic race-against-the-clock thriller. On another, it is a novel of depth and character enriched throughout by the grace notes King provides in such seemingly effortless profusion. It is a rich, resonant, exceptionally readable accomplishment by a man who can write in whatever genre he chooses." (Washington Post)

“Think of Mr. Mercedes as an AC/DC song: uncluttered, chugging with momentum, and a lot harder to pull off than it looks. . . . King has written a hot rod of a novel,perfect for a few summer days at the pool. Mercedes-Benz commands drivers to demand ‘the best or nothing.’ In pop-fiction terms, that motto still applies to Stephen King, too. With apologies to AC/DC, the highway to hell never felt so fun.” (Christian Science Monitor)

“A taut, suspenseful race-against-time book . . . [King is] in reliably fine form.” (The New York Times)

"A taut, calibrated thriller . . . The majority of the book is merciless and unforgiving, and the scariest thing about it is how plausible the whole scenario is." (Miami Herald)

“An oh-so-dark mystery that never shuts the door on love, loss and, possibly, redemption.” (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

“No one can create a villain quite like King. . . . [A]ll the elements come together in a very public, potentially explosive finale (with a surprising post script). King fans may find themselves furiously turning pages long into the night.” (Seattle Times)

“King excels in his disturbing portrait of Brady, a genuine monster in ordinary human form who gives new meaning to the phrase‘the banality of evil.” (Publisher's Weekly)

“The most straight-up mystery-thriller of [King’s] career…Pretty darn fresh.” (Booklist)

“Nicely dark, never predictable and altogether entertaining.” (Kirkus)

“King deftly takes elements of hard-boiled mysteries and puts a fresh spin on them.” (USA Today)

“A showdown between good and evil that characterizes the best of King's work, regardless of genre.” (Los Angeles Times)

“King may have left out the supernatural in Mr. Mercedes, but his gifts for creating thoroughly believable characters and thrumming suspense are in full play. He keeps raising the stakes and ratcheting up the violence, and just when you think everything is settled there's one spine-icing little turn on the very last page.” (Tampa Bay Times)

“King creates such vivid characters—people you can picture yourself drinking a beer with or inviting over for lunch. So when he puts them in great peril, and that includes Jerome’s family and pet dog and the Mercedes’ owner’s family, it’s a race against time . . .” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

“Hartfield is sensitive, sympathetic and one of King’s most realistic characters. He is a lot like Norman Bates from Psycho, in the worst ways imaginable.You can add Hartfield to the list of great King villains, alongside the shape-shifting monster Pennywise from It and the hypnotic vampire Kurt Barlow from Salem’s Lot.” (Boston Herald)

“A fast-paced cat-and-mouse game between Hodges, the motley group of unlikely heroes that he assembles, and the Mercedes Killer.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

“A trimmer-than-usual King, but that doesn't mean he skimps on the suspense and spine-tingling chills.” (People Magazine)

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Product Details

  • Series: The Bill Hodges Trilogy
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; First Edition edition (June 2, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1501100076
  • ISBN-13: 978-1501100079
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,994 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a much better read than MR. MERCEDES. Both novels open with a grisly crime scene, but MR. MERCEDES is a straightforward detective/crime/mystery novel with the protagonist and his band of helpers trying to solve a case and prevent another, even larger disaster. FINDERS KEEPERS, on the other hand, is a powerful literary thriller.

Hodges, Holly and Jerome—our heroes from the first book in this trilogy—don’t even enter the picture until a third of the way through, and Jerome doesn’t really feature in the story until it nears its conclusion.

Instead we meet Morris and Pete—a terrifying villain and a young hero separated by four decades, but whose lives are destined to intersect because of their passion for the writings of John Rothstein.

The opening third of the book is Stephen King at his absolute best—just pure, powerful, storytelling, with scenes that span four decades from Rothstein’s murder in the 1970s to the economic downturn in the 2000s and the MR. MERCEDES attack.

With all the pieces in place, the final two-thirds of the book is pure thriller. There’s not a mystery for the reader to solve—you know full well who the bad guy is and what he is capable of—but King leaves you white-knuckled, hanging on to the edge of your seat as Pete desperately tries to save his family … and Hodges, Holly and Jerome desperately try to save Pete.

One other thing … there are some chilling scenes with Hodges and Brady—the psychopath from MR. MERCEDES—that are perhaps setting up a more King-esque horror finale for the final book in this trilogy.

Highly recommend this book: 5/5 stars.
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I really enjoyed this story. Stephen King is such an excellent writer, and it was truly a joy to read. It was clear, came together well, made sense, and had a very appropriate ending with a few minor unexpected twists. The characters are well thought out, complete, and developed in a way that few authors can rival. Pace is excellent, and everything here happens for a reason - there are no loose ends or extraneous scenarios that leave you wondering "what was he trying to do here?". This is a thrill ride that is hard to put down.

You do not need to have read the first book in this 'series', Mr Mercedes. King is a master storyteller, and the characters are so alive that you don't need the additional context.

The only reason I don't give it 5 stars is that I felt that it was a bit too predictable. I found myself pretty much anticipating everything that happened ahead of time. Luckily, King is such a great writer that I looked forward to it. Still, I also enjoy surprises and not knowing what is going to happen.
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Stephen King just keeps cranking them out and I love it!

Since I am reviewer number 1,619 I will not go into great detail regarding this book. It is the sequel to MR. MERCEDES. I loved how King wove the characters from that novel right into this one, along with new and exciting characters. All of these characters are totally fleshed out and real. The plot is fast paced and exciting. This is supposedly going to be a trilogy and as for me -- I can't wait for installment number three!!!

A crime is committed -- a family falls on hard times -- a buried treasure is found -- the past collides with the present -- and you are off and running on one of the most exciting reading adventures ever. There are plenty of twists and turns, surprises, and just a great story line. The ending left me with an eerie feeling and looking forward to the next book. How King can give me goose bumps with just one simple word is crazy and I love it.

This book is highly recommended and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
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I personally feel that Finders Keepers by Stephen King is better than Mr. Mercedes. I found myself totally engrossed within the novel after just the first few pages. This book is definitely a keeper!

As many of you already know, the story deals with Morris Bellamy who murdered his favorite author, John Rothstein, because the writer took the character in his trilogy, Jimmy Gold, in a slightly different direction from what was expected. Bellamy felt the author had sold out and punished him for it. The young man also stole a lot of money and dozens of personal notebooks from the author’s safe and then killed his two accomplices. A few weeks later, Morris has buried his treasure, had a fight with a young man whom he thought would help him sell the notebooks, and ends up in prison for life after having raped a woman while angry and drunk.

Move ahead in time.

Teenager, Pete Saubers, and his family now live in the house where Morris and his family used to reside. His dad was one of the people injured in the Mr. Mercedes crimes and has been out of work for several years. One day, while taking a back path through the nearby woods, Pete finds the trunk with the hidden treasures. Once he's sure nobody is looking for the trunk, he uses the money to help his family out of debt and then keeps the notebooks for himself, quickly becoming a fan of the “Jimmy Gold” novels, as well as the unpublished ones.

Jump ahead a few more years.

Morris Bellamy has finally gotten out of prison and wants his money and notebooks. Thinking about them was the only thing that kept him sane while in the slammer. He soon discovers that the young man he had a fight with over the selling the notebooks, is now preparing to buy them from Pete.
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