Published: June 2, 2015
Review: library book
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk
“Wake up, genius.” So begins King’s instantly riveting story about a vengeful reader. The genius is John Rothstein, an iconic author who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn’t published a book for decades. Morris Bellamy is livid, not just because Rothstein has stopped providing books, but because the nonconformist Jimmy Gold has sold out for a career in advertising. Morris kills Rothstein and empties his safe of cash, yes, but the real treasure is a trove of notebooks containing at least one more Gold novel.
Morris hides the money and the notebooks, and then he is locked away for another crime. Decades later, a boy named Pete Saubers finds the treasure, and now it is Pete and his family that Bill Hodges, Holly Gibney, and Jerome Robinson must rescue from the ever-more deranged and vengeful Morris when he’s released from prison after thirty-five years.
I have to say this story was a whole lot better than the first and I wouldn't hesitate to give this book a solid five stars, but it still took me a bit to get into the story. I found myself pushing to try to enjoy the story even though it was holding my attention. I guess it just felt slow at times so I am giving this book a 4.
Bill is doing his own thing with the help of Holly, Jerome is in college so we don't get much of them until towards the end of the story.
We are introduced to Pete and his family and the villain Morris. Morris is a character who has been dealt a bad hand but he makes it worse for himself when he steals and kills author John Rothstein. So when he finds himself in jail for another crime he knows his treasures will be waiting for him when he gets free or at least so he thinks. In comes Pete who is a young boy and his family has been affected by the Mercedes killer so when he finds the treasure from Morris he plans on helping his family. Little does he know that Morris will be looking for him once he finds out who opened the trunk and took what wasn't theirs. This becomes a race against time to save Pete and his family from the wrath of Morris but what lengths will Morris go to get the books that he wants back?
We also learn that Bill has been visiting the Mercedes killer and there is something more going on with him now so maybe in book three we will get some answers.
As the author has me pulled in with the little scenes involving Bill and the Mercedes killer I plan on reading book three just to see what will happen next.
Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, Maine, for good. Her parents, Guy and Nellie Pillsbury, had become incapacitated with old age, and Ruth King was persuaded by her sisters to take over the physical care of them. Other family members provided a small house in Durham and financial support. After Stephen's grandparents passed away, Mrs. King found work in the kitchens of Pineland, a nearby residential facility for the mentally challenged.
Stephen attended the grammar school in Durham and Lisbon Falls High School, graduating in 1966. From his sophomore year at the University of Maine at Orono, he wrote a weekly column for the school newspaper, THE MAINE CAMPUS. He was also active in student politics, serving as a member of the Student Senate. He came to support the anti-war movement on the Orono campus, arriving at his stance from a conservative view that the war in Vietnam was unconstitutional. He graduated in 1970, with a B.A. in English and qualified to teach on the high school level. A draft board examination immediately post-graduation found him 4-F on grounds of high blood pressure, limited vision, flat feet, and punctured eardrums.
He met Tabitha Spruce in the stacks of the Fogler Library at the University, where they both worked as students; they married in January of 1971. As Stephen was unable to find placement as a teacher immediately, the Kings lived on his earnings as a laborer at an industrial laundry, and her student loan and savings, with an occasional boost from a short story sale to men's magazines.
Stephen made his first professional short story sale ("The Glass Floor") to Startling Mystery Stories in 1967. Throughout the early years of his marriage, he continued to sell stories to men's magazines. Many were gathered into the Night Shift collection or appeared in other anthologies.
In the fall of 1971, Stephen began teaching English at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine. Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels