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...
Stephen Edwin King was born in 1947 in the city of Portland, Maine. He attended the University of Maine, where he received a B.A. degree in English in 1970. He married his present wife, Tabitha, in 1971, and they have three children. King is an American author of contemporary horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy. His novels have sold more than 350 million copies. Many have been made into films, television movies, and comics. He has published 54 novels using a pen name (Richard Bachman) for a few of them. Many of his stories take place in his home state of Maine.
He has won about every possible literary award beginning with his 1980 novella, The Way Station. His most notable literary award was in 2007 for the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America.King has had the common human weaknesses including alcoholism and drug addiction. His health during that period was so bad that he barely remembered writing the novel, Cujo. The first novel written after he quit all dependent drugs and alcohol was Needful Things.Stephen King's wife, Tabitha, has published nine of her own novels along with both sons being published writers. His daughter is a Unitarian Universalism Church minister with her same sex partner.
A life altering happening beset King in June of 1999. King was walking on the shoulder of Route 5, in Lovell, Maine, when a driver, who was distracted by an unrestrained dog, struck him from behind. His severe injuries kept him in the hospital until July 9. His lawyer purchased the van that hit him to prevent it from being sold on eBay. It was crushed at a junkyard. King thought that he would not write again, but did resume writing with this caveat, "I'm writing, but I'm writing at a slower pace".
His most notable novels are: Carrie, The Shining, The Stand, Misery, It, The Dark Tower, Under the Dome, and The Shawshank Redemption.
Very unusual book - no plot, no mystery, lousy reader, and so on. If you want to waste some time, rent this book. In other words, it stunk!!
i enjoyed this book but it is definitely not the horror/thriller/exciting novel you might expect- if you read the one about the lost kid and baseball, can't remember the name of it- you would like this one. this is about the nature of mystery, it doesn't have the typical murder whodunit outline. i enjoyed the characters and i think i expected the way it ended because it had to end the way it did or the book lost its meaning. if you're looking for thrills, this isn't it- if you enjoy king's contemplative side, you'll like it. i don't think he has lost his touch, like the other reviewer says- he is just applying a different brush to a different type of story.
don't read this novel. There's no ending, happy or otherwise. I felt robbed.
To paraphrase Steven King: You were not an idiot to spend 6 years trying to solve the mysteries presented to you. The proof of a good mystery is the compulsion it creates to find the solution. It is not the solution itself. The search itself was the reward. Being just a short book with only one mystery and a handfull of characters, this wasn't nearly as much fun, but not nearly as frustrating either.