Friday, October 16, 2015

Finders Keepers/Stephen King/434 Pages/Scary Story, October Challenge

In the second book of the Bill Hodges Trilogy, King returns to the  unlikely team of ex-policeman Bill Hodges, Jerome Robinson and Holly Gibney. While the main thread of the story revolves around Pete, a high schooler who has located a buried treasure, and Bellamy, a recently release violent criminal who buried the treasure,  it also delves deep into the plot of Mr. Mercedes and the massacre which took the lives of eight innocent people.

Finders Keepers begins in the year 1978 with the murder of a novelist at his New Hampshire cabin by a die-hard admirer. The cloistered eighty-year-old novelist John Rothstein found himself awake when the privacy of his cabin was invaded by an obsessed fan Morris Bellamy and two accomplices. Not content with the cash available, Bellamy wants to make sure if the rumored sell-out of his favorite character Jimmy Gold in the next Rothstein novel is true, and the ensuing melee proved disastrous.

Bellamy’s plans unraveled when he was arrested and sent to prison for thirty-five years for another crime, but not before he stashed the loot away.Things escalate when Bellamy is released on parole in 2014 and discovered his treasures missing. It is up to King’s likable trio of Bill Hodges, Jerome Robinson and Holly Gibney to keep Pete from harm’s way and protect his family.

Finders Keepers by Stephen King is an ambitious and well-crafted hard-boiled thriller

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