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The Outsider: A Novel

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Will Patton

18 Hours 41 Minutes

Simon & Schuster

May 2018

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Soon to be an HBO limited series starring Ben Mendelsohn

An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation. At a time when the King brand has never been stronger, he has delivered one of his most unsettling and compulsively readable stories.

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. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King’s propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face? When the answer comes, it will shock you as only Stephen King can.

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  • Craig S.

    I have always been a Stephen King fan, I've listened to a lot of his novels on audio and I really enjoyed them all! but this is one of the best, this is Stephen King at his finest! like all his novels I really enjoyed this one too and the narrator was very good I'm glad they used Will Patton. he is really an excellent narrator, really brings the characters to life made me feel like I was there. this was really a good listen to!

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  • Anonymous

    Well it\'s interesting it seems like anyone could be the killer.

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  • Angela T.

    I don’t know if it was due to the narrator, or not, but I had a hard time staying interested enough to follow this one. King has many others that I enjoyed more. This one felt forced or something

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  • Chris B.

    It was ok.

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  • Stephanie K.

    Great story! Liked seeing the return of King’s characters from other books.

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  • Danielle L.

    Loved this book a lot, probably because it remeinded me a lot of IT. Regardless it was a good book. I would definitely recommend.

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  • Brian E.

    Firstly, Will Patton is hands down, one of the best narrators I've ever listened to. Such a great division of characters and a great way of drawing you into the story. You can hear the fear and feel the emotion as he reads. Story wise, this was classic King. Such an amazing story teller. Descriptive, decisive, and elaborate. I've always admired his way of being eloquently horrifying. This story took me back to some of his older tales like Pet Semetary and It. Great writing, great story, great narration. King is back at it at his best.

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  • Kristy W.

    Great book and my favorite narrator of all.

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  • Desiree M.

    First of all The narrator, Will Patton was amazing and really brings Stephan Kings characters to life. The book itself was well written and kept me hooked from the very beginning. He keeps you guessing and in the end shocked. The story still spooked me and reminded me of my childhood stories growing up in south Texas.

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  • Carla W.

    The book was interesting although somewhat farfetched - but that was expected- it's a Stephen King novel! Will Patton does an amazing job in the narration-had me laughing out loud at times as Holly!

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