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Author: Stephen King Narrator: Will Patton Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2018 ISBN: 9781508252221
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Narrator Will Patton turns this story into an audio blockbuster. Early on, Patton sounds like he’s reading a police procedural. He uses a terse, confident voice to portray Detective Ralph Anderson…When Holly Gibney, the troubled sidekick turned ace private investigator from Stephen King’s Bill Hodges Trilogy, enters the story, Patton gives her a halting speech pattern and falsetto voice. Holly’s unique sound and open-mindedness effectively contrast with the decent but sometimes hardheaded men surrounding her. King’s usual sprawling cast of characters is also present, and suffice it to say that Patton does them all justice. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    AudioFile

  • “There’s plenty of shadowy, wormy supernatural goings-on in Stephen King’s new novel The Outsider. Yet the most unsettling stuff—that which will leave you uncomfortable when you sit and devour this first-rate read—probes the monstrous side of human nature.”

    USA Today

  • “In his latest mystery-horror hybridyou’re in for one hell of a ride.”

    Washington Post

  • “An It for the Trump era.”

    AV Club

  • “A juicy tale that plays at the forefront of our current phobias…[The Outsider] will remind readers of King’s early novel It.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “What begins as a manhunt for an unlikely doppelgänger takes an uncanny turn into the supernatural. King’s skillful use of criminal forensics helps to ground his tale in a believable clinical reality where the horrors stand out in sharp relief.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick of the Month's Mysteries and Thrillers
  • New York Times bestseller
  • A USA Today Pick of Weekend Picks for Book Lovers
  • A #1 USA Today bestseller
  • A #1 New York Times audio bestseller
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 frances | 6/6/2018

    " A really good book is one that I never want to end, and this one does this for me. Something that will kill the best audiobook is a narrator that just reads it as opposed to being a part of it. The tone of the voice matters. This narrator Will Patton is my new favorite, I love his voice. It reminds me of George Carlins voice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Windi Born | 5/29/2018

    " Another truly wonderous novel by Mr. King! I couldn't quit listening, and was in such a hurry to find out what happened next that I had to make myself rewind some parts and listen again to make sure I understood every single detail. As the violent world of crime and serial murder collide with the supernatural, characters are forced to face their fears and limitations in order to stop the murderer. With a visit from one of my favorite King characters, Holly Gibney (Mercedes Benz series), the other characters in this novel are so close to home that I wanted the story to continue on past the ending. Finally, Stephen King couldn't find a better narrator than Will Patton-I could listen to his voice tell any story, but he has just the right tone and inflection to keep you hanging on the edge of your seat. Overall, this is definitely one of my favorite novels of the year, and I will listen to it again, very soon. "

About the Author

Author Stephen King

Stephen King has written more than fifty books, many hitting the #1 spot on the New York Times bestsellers list. He has won the World Fantasy Award, several Bram Stoker Awards, and the O. Henry Award for his story “The Man in the Black Suit.” He is the 2003 recipient of the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, and in 2007 he received the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America.

About the Narrator

Will Patton is an award-winning actor and narrator. HIs narrations have earned the prestigious Audie Award for Best Fiction Narration and also won dozens of AudioFile Earphones Awards. His numerous film credits include Remember the Titans, The Punisher, The Mothman Prophesies, Armageddon, and The Spitfire Grill. He starred in the TNT miniseries Into the West and on the CBS series The Agency and won Obie Awards in the theater for his performances in Fool for Love and What Did He See.