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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (9,483 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen King Narrator: Jeffrey DeMunn Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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On an island off the coast of Maine, a man is found dead. There's no identification on the body. Only the dogged work of a pair of local newspapermen and a graduate student in forensics turns up any clues.


But that's just the beginning of the mystery. Because the more they learn about the man and the baffling circumstances of his death, the less they understand. Was it an impossible crime? Or something stranger still...?

No one but Stephen King could tell this story about the darkness at the heart of the unknown and our compulsion to investigate the unexplained. With echoes of Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon and the work of Graham Greene, one of the world's great storytellers presents a surprising tale that explores the nature of mystery itself...

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It’s a mystery that isn’t a mystery so much as a book that comments on mysteries, designed to look like a midcentury pulp novel.” 

    New York Times

  • “It’s an almost-perverse touch that King’s contribution to a publisher honoring genre fiction would end with a hard kick against genre conventions. But in its own way, it’s an appropriate touch. The secret to crime fiction’s appeal doesn’t really rest in the plots, no matter how twisty or well-realized. It’s in the milieu. King’s quiet, slow story owes little to Raymond Chandler or Jim Thompson, but as a gentle introduction to the worlds they created, it works quite well, finding death and mystery in a nice peaceful place where such things aren’t supposed to happen. Now, as in the crime paperback’s heyday, the message remains the same: Be watchful. Wherever you make your home, evil and temptation will follow.” 

    AV Club

  • “A must-read…It’s an unusual and thought-provoking addition to the author’s already mammoth body of work.” 

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “This slim (by King standards) volume will speak to those who appreciate good storytelling and the chance to spend a relaxing afternoon on a quiet Maine island. Quintessential King; for all popular fiction collections.” 

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Betty | 2/16/2014

    " I have mixed feelings about this. King definitely took me down the garden path in this tale about an unsolved mystery. A friend recommended it, probably because of the Maine setting. If she had not, I wouldn't have picked it up, especially looking at the cover art on this audio book, which turned out to be completely misleading. King can definitely tell a story, but the ending was curious. I'll be pondering it for a while. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Mina LaFleur | 2/13/2014

    " I did appreciate that in the afterword, Stephen King admits that he's aware people will either love this book or hate it, with very little gray area in between. I kept reading, wondering where it was going, quickly noticing the pages becoming scarce. What can I say; I hated the ending. It felt like a total cop out. I didn't particularly fancy the journey to it either. Perhaps the worst Stephen King book you could cut your teeth on? Probably. Alas, it's the only work of his that I've read to date. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Geoff Seymour | 2/9/2014

    " I understand whatKing was trying to do with this story, but it ended up falling flat - not because the idea is poor but because the execution falls short of its intent - so much so that an afterward of explanation is required from King to ensure the point is carried. If it had. Worked, there would be no requirement for the afterward "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Frank Taranto | 1/29/2014

    " A wonderful little book. Supposed to be a mystery, but to me the real story is the interaction of the three reporters, two old men telling the story of the Colorado Kid, and the young female reporter who is hearing the story for the first time. "

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