The Outsider

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A young boy is found brutally, horrifically murdered in the woods. There is no doubt who did it. There are fingerprints and DNA galore at the crime scene. It’s hard to believe, but the popular Little League coach and high school English teacher Terry Maitland is their man. So sure they are right, police arrest Maitland in a most public way without so much as a single question asked of him. When he has an ironclad alibi, the police discount it as a trick. But when Maitland is taken for arraignment, the wheels come off, and it’s a mess, with enough dead to to rile everyone. What seemed so apparent is suddenly filled with shadows and doubt. Untangling this one truly takes a village.

The first couple hundred pages of this book read like a really good murder mystery à la John Grisham with twists and turns and red herrings, and then BLAM, here comes Stephen King with his trademark creepy horror stuff. The writing is, of course, exceptional, with well-rounded characters and well-drawn settings and a story that carries readers through with hardly time to breathe. You’ll want to keep the doors locked and the lights on.

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Author Stephen King
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 576 pages
Publisher Scribner
Publish Date 2018-May-22
ISBN 9781501180989
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Issue September 2018
Category Mystery, Crime & Thriller


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