Finders Keepers

Finders Keepers

Paperback - 2015
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A masterful, intensely suspenseful novel about a reader whose obsession with a reclusive writer goes much too far--the #1 New York Times bestseller about the power of storytelling, starring the same trio of unlikely and winning heroes Stephen King introduced in Mr. Mercedes .

"Wake up, genius." So announces deranged fan Morris Bellamy to iconic author John Rothstein, who once created the famous character Jimmy Gold and hasn't released anything since. Morris is livid, not just because his favorite writer has stopped publishing, but because Jimmy Gold ended up as a sellout. Morris kills his idol and empties his safe of cash, but the real haul is a collection of notebooks containing John Rothstein's unpublished work...including at least one more Jimmy Gold novel. Morris hides everything away before being locked up for another horrific crime. But upon Morris's release thirty-five years later, he's about to discover that teenager Pete Saubers has already found the stolen treasure--and no one but former police detective Bill Hodges, along with his trusted associates Holly Gibney and Jerome Robinson, stands in the way of his vengeance....

Not since Misery has Stephen King played with the notion of a reader and murderous obsession, in this #1 acclaimed bestseller filled with "nail biting suspense that's the hallmark of [his] best work" ( Publishers Weekly ).

"SUPERB . . . KING'S RESTLESS IMAGINATION IS A POWER THAT CANNOT BE CONTAINED."
--The New York Times Book Review

"WONDERFUL, SCARY, MOVING."
-- The Washington Post
Publisher: New York : Pocket Books, c2015
ISBN: 9781501100123
1501100122
Branch Call Number: PB FIC KIN
Characteristics: 528 pages ; 19 cm

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karendejong
Sep 15, 2017

You can't go wrong with King. What I like about him is that despite his fame and fortune, he still wants to improve himself, honing his craft.
I tend to categorize his books into three types: books that scare the pants off you, page-turning thrillers with real-to-life plots, and thought provokers, dealing with issues that need to be raised. The first category is what we naturally associate with King; Carry, The Shining, Christine are all examples of this type. Books in the second category were written after he became famous. Finders Keepers is a good example. It is about a ferocious murderer and his obsession with a famous writer. Books in the third category can fit in the other two classes, except that it deals with an issue that stays on your mind long after you've finished the book. For example, Misery is a thriller but it also makes you think about human loneliness, especially as it affects seniors. The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile deal with prison conditions and also touches on race relations.
My only criticism of Finders Keepers is that King suddenly jumps genre at the end of the book. All along the plot is realistic but the conclusion is typical of a horror. Perhaps King felt he would disappoint his readers if he did not include what he is famous for, but I would have preferred a more realistic ending. But as I said, you can't go wrong with King and this is definitely a good read.

triptophan Jun 12, 2017

Finders Keepers is a boring novel by Stephen King. The book is long. He really didn't need to write a trilogy about the serial killer from Mr. Mercedes, (his first book in the trilogy.) It just seems redundant because the characters are in Finders Keepers are long and drawn out. I hope that the last book, (End Of Watch) is exciting.

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rlabree
May 15, 2017

Good story but it took almost 1/3 of the book before Bill Hodges entered. I wanted to read it because I liked the Hodges character. Disappointing that it took so long for that character to get there.

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paisano
Jan 23, 2016

The second book in the Mr. Mercedes trilogy, this one was well written, albeit a bit predictable. Interestingly, King sets up the next book over the course of this story, and almost introduces the story at the end. As with most Stephen King novels this was very good.

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rnorris2929
Jan 09, 2016

Stephen King once compared his work to the literary equivalent of a Big Mac and fries. Quick, easy, maybe unhealthy, and might make you feel guilty for having consumed it. I feel that this is the perfect metaphor for Finders Keepers.
I read this in a matter of hours. I'll admit, I did a little speed reading and skimmed some parts. Sometimes to the point that I wondered if this would have made a better Stephen King novella than novel. If you want a better book about fan obsession, read Misery. These "Bill Hodges" books are King's jaunt into hard boiled detective realism.
I felt like Hodges is an alter ego of King since Mr. Mercedes. He's a restless, aging baby boomer, who is looking for a satisfying final act.
As for the content of the book, I would compare it to a pulp novel. Murder, crime, people in peril. Nothing really new. Sadly for King to experiment with this genre, he doesn't bring much new to it. However, I've read a few mysteries and thrillers in the past year that relied on the old cliche of a villain undone by a secret recording. One of those written by JK Rowling under her pseudonym. At least King didn't resort to that old trope.
I hope Stephen King goes back to horror soon. I also agree that the element of the supernatural at the end seems to go away from the realism King was trying to establish with this series.

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Revacard
Dec 31, 2015

I enjoyed this action book. It's not high art here. I guess technically it is a sequel book, but it really is not. It is the same world, with a few returning characters, that's about it. Morris obsession over the Rothstein's works are kind of crazy to the point of not believable.

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Vouvan
Dec 16, 2015

Great read. I liked how the characters are intertwined with other King novels.

pj2thek Nov 13, 2015

started out good. the first 300 pages woulda got 4 stars but after that, man. it bogged down with ridiculous dialogue, just nonsense. i kept skimming thinking it'd get better, but...no. in fact, i got so mad i just quit reading. didnt even care one whit how it ended. started harlan coben's new one, the stranger, and got completely hooked by page 12, i'd say. man, its just beginning but already im excited about THIS one.

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MillieBT
Nov 07, 2015

well....beginning and end especially the end was well done..everything in between couldn't wait to finish....did a lot of speed reading....a disappointing novel...cant wait to read the last of the trilogy End of Watch

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JoanneTravis
Oct 11, 2015

I love the groundwork being laid here for the coming final novel in the series. We are introduced to the main characters, Bill Hodges, Jerome, and Holly in the first novel. Finders Keepers continues the already established dynamics of this unique investigative team and kicks it up a notch. I liked this story better than Mr. Mercedes, loved the perspective about relationships between authors and some fans. I think the bit of reality mixed in with the "what if I take the every day to a different level" are what make King's novels so chilling and memorable.

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