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Stephen King's most riveting novel since THE STAND, in which every chapter ends on a cliffhanger -- a Maine town and its inhabitants are isolated from the world by an invisible, impenetrable dome
'I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger...' writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up '1922', the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerising tales from Stephen King, linked by the theme of retribution. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife Arlette proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness.
In 'Big Driver', a cozy-mystery writer named Tess encounters the stranger is along a back road in Massachusetts when she takes a shortcut home after a book-club engagement. Violated and left for dead, Tess plots a revenge that will bring her face to face with another stranger: the one inside herself.
'Fair Extension', the shortest of these tales, is perhaps the nastiest and certainly the funniest. Making a deal with the devil not only saves Harry Streeter from a fatal cancer but provides rich recompense for a lifetime of resentment.
When her husband of more than twenty years is away on one of his business trips, Darcy Anderson looks for batteries in the garage. Her toe knocks up against a box under a worktable and she discovers the stranger inside her husband. It's a horrifying discovery, rendered with bristling intensity, and it definitively ends 'A Good Marriage'.
Like DIFFERENT SEASONS and FOUR PAST MIDNIGHT, which generated such enduring hit films as The Shawshank Redemption and Stand by Me, FULL DARK, NO STARS proves Stephen King a master of the long story form.
Every marriage has two hearts, one light and one dark. Lisey knew it when she fell for Scott. And now he's dead, she knows it for sure. Lisey was the light to Scott Landon's dark for 25 years. As his wife, only she saw the truth behind the public face of the famous author. He was a haunted man whose novels were based on a terrifying reality.
All kinds of convicts are imprisoned at Cold Mountain Penitentiary, but there is none like the new prisoner, John Coffey, who has been sentenced to death for raping two young girls. Is Coffey a devil in human form, or is he just a completely different kind of being? From the author of DOLORES CLAIBORNE, INSOMNIA, ROSE MADDER and DESPERATION.
@2@'Wake up, genius.' So begins King's instantly riveting story about a vengeful reader. The genius is John Rothstein, a Salinger-like icon 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.@3@@2@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 thirty-five years.@3@@2@Not since @18@Misery@19@ has King played with the notion of a reader whose obsession with a writer gets dangerous. @18@Finders Keepers@19@ is spectacular, heart-pounding suspense, but it is also King writing about how literature shapes a life - for good, for bad, forever.@3@