Why can’t Stephen King write an engaging novel without unnecessary cruelty and gratuitous violence? I used to look forward to reading each new Stephen King novel with the deep interrogation of what happens to ordinarily good people when extraordinarily bad things happen to them. I gave up when it seemed to me he was trading a strong story line for gore. I tried to read this new series in the hopes that there would be a return to the grand story-telling of the past, but was bitterly disappointed. Just more senseless violence. This is it. I give up forever.