The Outsider

The Outsider

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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.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, ©2018.
ISBN: 9781501180989
Characteristics: 561 pages ;,25 cm

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dagny49
Dec 04, 2018

Goodreads "best book 2018"

LPL_LeahN Nov 17, 2018

When a small town hero is accused of an unspeakable crime, and all signs point to his guilt, detective Ralph Anderson and his cohorts in law enforcement think they have a slam dunk case. But Terry Maitland steadfastly proclaims his innocence, and new information emerges that casts the investigation into creepy, inexplicable doubt.

Called a "throwback thriller", this is certainly a return to King's roots of eerie supernatural horror, complemented by fleshed out characters you get to know very well. Eventually you have a group of adults trying to wrap their minds around the impossible, the supernatural, the concept of "no end to the universe", and their journey to do that together reminded me a little of IT.

This is classic King and I love, love, LOVE it!

JessicaGma Nov 14, 2018

I thought this was a pretty good Stephen King as it tips its hat to the police procedural trilogy from a few years ago (which I didn't hate but found flat at times) and has the weird circumstantial evidence that Terry Maitland was both there and not there at a kid's murder. Add in small town mob justice, a sprinkle of weird stuff, and some out of the box thinking, and you have a solid read.

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attynot
Nov 13, 2018

An excellent read if you're a fan of Stephen King. It moves slowly in parts and in other parts it's a page-turner. I haven't read any King for a few years and was pleasantly surprised at how he has kept up with the times and keeps the story unfolding so well.

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anthonytothe
Nov 10, 2018

This was an interesting title, though I am familiar with King's works . . I felt that this was not his best.

Still, this was a pretty good read: an arrest made on a pillar of the community, a detective bent on getting answers and looking in all the "right" places except one. He solicits the help of both the folks defending the original man on trial, and other friends he meets while bringing the "outsider" to "justice. The ending is. . . . .

Appearances can be deceiving.

Good work of fiction.

TechLibrarian Nov 09, 2018

I'm not much of a fan of horror, but my Dad and I were road-tripping together and needed an audiobook that would agree with us both, and somehow we picked The Outsider. I probably wouldn't recommend the audio version, but the book was super entertaining--at turns funny and scary, and King sprinkled a bit of socio-political commentary here and there (not too much!). I'd describe this book as being kind of X-Files like, with all sorts of characters trying to get to the bottom of a mystery. And though it's dark, I found it to be uplifting, also. So, I'd totally recommend this to the right reader, and if you haven't read any Stephen King for a while, it shows how his writing keeps up with the times.

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fionajay
Nov 08, 2018

Nominee for GoodReads' Best Reads 2018 : Best Mystery & Thriller.

Lovestoread5 Nov 03, 2018

Excellent read - suspenseful, mysterious, and couldn't wait to finish it. How can a person be in two places at once? Supernatural circumstances come into play!

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RollingHills
Oct 28, 2018

I found this story riveting. Stephen King has a way with words even if you don't like the gist of the story. He is simply a great writer. I however, could not put this book down, but I will say I preferred to read it during the daytime as it was very scary. I loved the ending as it gave hope for a better tomorrow!

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BohoBookDragon
Oct 15, 2018

Solid King. Suspenseful, but not overtly scary.

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