The Outsider

The Outsider

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"An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation...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. The case seems ironclad, especially when Anderson and the district attorney are able to add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. But Maitland has an alibi, and it turns out his story has incontrovertible evidence of its own. How can two opposing stories be true?"--Jacket flap.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2018
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501180989
1501180983
Characteristics: 561 pages ; 25 cm

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Graham F.: "Stephen King is a master of spooky and tense fiction mixed with everyday reality. How can a you commit a murder in one place and coach a baseball game at the same time? Let’s find out!"

An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation...An eleven-year-old boy's 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.... Read More »


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Outlaw95
Feb 14, 2020

This was a gripping and fantastic read! A great story and definite page turner, it appeals to the masses with wonderful entertainment value.

Besides a few moments, it lacks the substance of a great novel, but that wasn't what I was looking for with this story and neither should you.

_McGeek_ Feb 10, 2020

I'm happy I listened to this instead of reading it, as many people found it too long winded of a read, I feel like that isn't as big of a problem on audiobooks in general. In more recent years Mr. King has steered more towards police or detective procedural stories with a sci fi twist, such as the trilogy Mr. Mercedes (which he tied into this story as well) and he's done so again with The Outsider. If you're like me and enjoy checking out the book before the screen adaption, give this is a listen as it has now been adapted into an HBO show starring Jason Bateman.

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lunabookworm55
Nov 02, 2019

This book was way too long-winded. It was pretty intriguing at first, but Stephen King apparently needs an editor to tell him the basics of how to write a compelling story. Which is concerning. Don't repeat the same exposition 37 times by different characters. Don't treat your audience like they are stupid by telling them what to feel or by repeating things over and over. There's far too much time spent establishing that each male character either has a wife or doesn't, they each drink coffee, death depresses them, etc. A bit disappointed.

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jefralick
Sep 30, 2019

This could have been a much more engaging novel if it was half the length. An aggressive editor might wipe out 75% to get to the meat of the story. Example: a character is looking through newspapers to find a bit of information. He doesn't find it but the reader has to read through recaps of story after story that the character does find that are completely unrelated in any way to the plot. Filler that is completely disrespectful of the reader's time and common sense.

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pozrob
Sep 05, 2019

It has been said before on this space that like most of his books, the first half is better than the second. This latest is no exception. I found myself skimming over several pages in the end. Hence the 3 star rating. Holly Gibney is an interesting character brought over from the Bill Hodges trilogy.

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Abdu14
May 31, 2019

Really cool plot but really vulgar. I had to take a break and return it for a while before continuing it

BPLpicks May 13, 2019

If you’re not squeamish you will like this story. The local baseball coach, a teacher, husband and devoted father has been accused of a horrific crime. A young boy violated and then brutally murdered. He has an iron clad alibi or does he? Can someone be in two places at the same time or does he have a twin no one is aware of. If you were a fan of Mr. Mercedes you no doubt enjoyed the character of Holly Gibney she is back in this novel, her willingness to believe in things no one else does leads the investigation team to a series of unsolved murders. Follow them down a dark twisted path as they work together to solve this paranormal mystery.

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jontalk
Apr 06, 2019

I'm not an avid Stephen King reader due to the violence and horror; books like the Green Mile are more to my liking. That said, this story was interesting due to the 'outsider' element along with the suspense. Of all characters, Holly was my favorite :) I enjoyed it but can't say its the best story I've ever read. As the saying goes, 'each to their own'

One of my favorite books by Stephen King! I'd recommend to anyone who likes mysteries or crime fiction, but with a hint of supernatural to keep things interesting. Know that it does have some violent and disturbing scenes (it is King, after all), but the 'whodunit' is so compelling that you'll keep reading. Loved it.

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MHanover10
Feb 03, 2019

Classic creepy Stephen King. I really enjoyed this. I'm thinking it might have scared me more if I hare read a printed version at night. I listened to it at work and it was still creepy. Stephen King never disappoints. This could make an interesting movie.

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fiacono2
Dec 21, 2018

good sci fi about a "monster" doppelganger who kills children, and leaves the original person to deal with the crime. Very well constructed, big book but read it fast. happy with the ending

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