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The Outsider

The Outsider

Book - 2018 | First Scribner hardcover edition
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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?"--Dust jacket.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2018
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781501180989
Branch Call Number: F KING-S
Characteristics: 561 pages ; 25 cm


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May 02, 2021

A horrible, unspeakable crime occurs in Flint City, a small town where everybody knows each other. Detective Ralph Anderson is puzzled by the incredible amount of evidence that points toward a certain perpetrator: Terry Maitland, an incredibly popular baseball coach with an impeccable record. Anderson thinks it's a clear-cut case, a "slam dunk". However, the situation is further complicated when it's found that Terry had an alibi of his own - with eyewitnesses.

I really liked this book. I'm a big fan of the horror genre, and Stephen King is the "King" of horror. The book starts out as an incredibly fascinating murder mystery - it pulls you in from the first page. The character introductions are made with a series of interviews peppered with the arrest scenes of Terry Maitland, which I thought was very unique. This was my first King novel, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I recommend this to anyone who really likes horror - because make no mistake, it is a horror book. ;)
I give this book 4.5/5, and recommend it for anyone 16 years or older (there are some disturbing scenes).

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I'll update this page as soon as I read some more horror novels :)

Barrie_Teen_Lists Mar 24, 2021

This story takes place in Flint City, a small town. A young boy, Frank Peterson was found murdered and sodomized in the local park. The police begin to investigate the crime, with Detective Ralph Peterson leading the search for the killer. Later on it is revealed that the crime scene was covered in fingerprints and DNA from the perpetrator, and confirmation of several eyewitnesses. A well-known baseball coach, Terry Maitland, is arrested in front of his friends and family. As the investigation is looking too good to be true, it is discovered that Terry has a strong alibi and proof that he was nowhere near the crime scene at the time of the attack. Detective Anderson becomes doubtful and retraces his steps. As he teams up with other detectives he finds a case almost exactly identical a few years earlier; a horrible crime involving a child and the killer possessing a solid alibi. The further Anderson dives into the details, the less plausible it seems. Is this an awful coincidence, or is there more to these crimes that meets the eye?

I really enjoyed reading this book. It was almost a mystery, as it had me curious the entire time. Stephen King incorporates the supernatural forces into this book just enough to be believable, but also adds reality. This adult fiction takes many different jarring turns throughout the whole story. Just when I thought I knew what was happening, I was surprised again. This story kept me extremely interested and I couldn’t put it down. If you are looking for a hair-raising story, I highly recommend this.

Mar 14, 2021

Not a fan of the horror genre, although Stephen King is probably the "king" in that regard, but I read this book thinking that he was applying is vast writing skills to a storyline that didn't involve supernatural beings. Again, well-written, but not what I was looking for. I would gladly read a Stephen King novel where he writes about the natural relations and emotions of humans and leaves out the made-up, supernatural demons.

Feb 18, 2021

I have read many works by Stephen King before and have always been intrigued by his writing style. Most of his horror stories have dark twists and paranormal activity, and this book did not shy from those details. The book was extremely long, and with longer books, I often find myself losing interest extremely quickly, but with this one, I was caught up in the mystery of it all, and I found myself reading for longer than expected. If you are a fan of crime-solving TV shows, I definitely would recommend this story, as it combines both detective work and the paranormal.

Nov 24, 2020

This Stephan King novel is very interesting concerning the centre of this book is a graphic murder case, certainly not for younger audiences. As this is a murder case, King does write the lab reports made by the forensic teams and the meetings between the detectives and witnesses in typewriter font. If that font is something you can’t read correctly or unappealing for you I would not recommend this book as important details are written in those pages that are used further within the book. Like many of King's novels this is written in different perspectives which allows the reader to learn about what each side of the story is thinking which only just gets you more curious with the details. Although there are many people to keep track of on who’s who which may require rereading or a break for reflection. 4 out of 5 stars
@SmushedMushroom of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Nov 13, 2020

I had already watched the TV series, this was so much better. The first 2/3 of this was outstanding. As I get with King, his storytelling can go a bit sidewards at times. At the end if the day another killer story from this guy.

Aug 17, 2020

Well, what bodes well for this book is that it clocks in at 550 pages and I hammered through it pretty quickly. so, it kept me turning pages and I'm quite familiar with the SK universe and find it generally easy reading. I didn't find too much originality in this story. The initial setup is very reminiscent of The Dark Half and of course the set up for the showdown was a little too similar to IT. However, where the book succeeds is in the execution, the little details and the humor. I think it would have been easy to have the Ralph Anderson character fall into all kinds of redneck cop stereotypes and just be a bad guy throughout, but it turned out to be a character with depth and humanity and you feel him living with his mistakes at the onset of the case. I like the re-introduction of the character of Holly because it reminds me of Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers. But I don't like it because it reminds me of End of Watch (bleh). This book is just fine. However, If you want SK at his best from the last 15 years, you should be reading Revival.

May 06, 2020

I have not read all of Stephen King's novels; this one I am a fan of.

Apr 14, 2020

I've always been a huge SK fan, however a lot of his newer stuff is just so-so to me. This one is one of the better ones! Dark and twisty, loved all of it. Loved how he added Holly from the Mercedes trilogy into this one.

Mar 20, 2020

Anyone looking for this book let me know.

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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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