“Finders Keepers” Book 2 of the Bill Hodges Trilogy By Stephen King

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Book 2 of the Bill Hodges Trilogy
By: Stephen King
Narrated by: Will Patton
Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
Published by Simon & Schuster 2015

Once again Stephen King proves he can write more than just horror.  Retired Detective Bill Hodges, gets another case related to the Mercedes Killer.  It’s funny though, you don’t even hear from Bill Hodges until well into the book, maybe halfway through you finally find what he’s up to.   But that’s what makes this story so good, it stands alone and yet when you, as the reader/listener, hear Hodges make his entry it’s no surprise but a relief that finally someone will help this boy.

The book is sort of like 3 separate stories that merge into one and become a thriller by the end.   To start out we open with 3 burglars having tied up a famous author, trying to get from him the info on where he stashes his money.  One of the burglars, Morris Bellamy is after more than the money.  The Author, John Rothstein, has written a trilogy which is revered by all (sort of a mix of Salinger and Updike here).  The problem is that Morris Bellamy believes Rothstein ruined the main character in the trilogy.  Bellamy knows Rothstein has written more and is after those stories not just the money.  He murders Rothstein so he can have those stories to himself.

When Bellamy returns to his hometown (after murdering his partners) he has to hide the cash and notebooks with Rothsteins writings, until things cool down.  Someone who claims to be able to help him move the writings, gets second thoughts and disassociates himself with Bellamy.  This leads Bellamy to go on a drunken blackout bender.  During the blackout he rapes a woman and is thrown into prison for life.

Jump ahead about 30 years later and Pete Saubers’ father, who was severely injured in the Mr. Mercedes incident (see the book “Mr. Mercedes”) and mother are constantly arguing because due to being injured is not able to work, thus putting the family into financial dire straits.  Pete finds a buried trunk with over Twenty thousand dollars and some Moleskine notebooks with writings from what will soon be his favorite author.

Pete anonymously sends the money on a monthly basis to his family, and this helps them pull through the tough times with less squabbles.  Everything is going good until his younger sister wants to go to a private school with her friends.  The cash is gone and the family can’t afford to send her to the school.  Pete decides he’s going to sell the books.

Then the troubles begin.

One of the most outstanding parts of this audiobook is that the narrator, Will Patton, delivers the story from all points of view flawlessly.  I’ve been a huge Will Patton fan since his role of Colonel Weaver from the sci-fi series “Falling Skies.”  His voice and acting ability make this audiobook a must listen.

 

Publisher’s Summary
A masterful, intensely suspenseful novel about a reader whose obsession with a reclusive writer goes far too far – a book about the power of storytelling, starring the same trio of unlikely and winning heroes King introduced in Mr. Mercedes.

“Wake up, genius.” So begins King’s instantly riveting story about a vengeful reader. The genius is John Rothstein, an iconic author who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn’t published a book for decades. Morris Bellamy is livid, not just because Rothstein has stopped providing books but because the nonconformist Jimmy Gold has sold out for a career in advertising. Morris kills Rothstein and empties his safe of cash, yes, but the real treasure is a trove of notebooks containing at least one more Gold novel.

Morris hides the money and the notebooks, and then he is locked away for another crime. Decades later a boy named Pete Saubers finds the treasure, and now it is Pete and his family that Bill Hodges, Holly Gibney, and Jerome Robinson must rescue from the ever-more deranged and vengeful Morris when he’s released from prison after 35 years.

Not since Misery has King played with the notion of a reader whose obsession with a writer gets dangerous. Finders Keepers is spectacular, heart-pounding suspense, but it is also King writing about how literature shapes a life – for good, for bad, forever.

©2015 Stephen King (P)2015 Simon & Schuster

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