The Colorado Kid by Stephen King

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On an island off the coast of Maine, a man is found dead. There's no identification on the body. Only the dogged work of a pair of local newspapermen and a graduate student in forensics turns up any clues.
But that's just the beginning of the mystery. Because the more they learn about the man and the baffling circumstances of his death, the less they understand. Was it an impossible crime? Or something stranger still...?
No one but Stephen King could tell this story about the darkness at the heart of the unknown and our compulsion to investigate the unexplained. With echoes of Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon and the work of Graham Greene, one of the world's great storytellers presents a surprising tale that explores the nature of mystery itself...
 

About Stephen King

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Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers Association. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. Joe Hill is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Heart-Shaped Box and Horns and writes an ongoing comic book series, Locke & Key. He makes lots of noise on Twitter under the handle @joe_hill.
 
Published October 4, 2005 by Simon & Schuster Audio. 184 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Crime, Romance. Fiction

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They're only telling the story in order to explain that it's not a story at all— a conclusion with which readers will heartily agree.

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BC Books

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Right up front it's important to make clear that The Colorado Kid is just a plain good story, delivered as only King can deliver it.

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BC Books

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King's 2005 rumination on the nature of mystery gets undercut by its pulpish packaging.

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For those unfamiliar with the mystery genre, "hardboiled" is the bad side of town - detectives of slightly off-white character, more blood, more ambiguity of motive on both sides of the law - as opposed to Agatha Christie-style "cozies" or the "police procedurals" which have dominated the genre f...

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(The only other lady in the case proves to be plump, so you know she ain't the one on the cover.) The mystery itself — a young husband found dead on the wharf of a tiny Maine island — has its share of small solutions, but its core questions are never resolved.

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Book Reporter

What THE COLORADO KID is, however, is a finely rendered mystery with a gently philosophical touch that, incidentally, contains some of King's best writing.

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AV Club

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After a barely noticeable retirement, Stephen King returns to participate in the crime-paperback revival of new publisher Hard Case Crime.

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Suite 101

... After 25 years, will new information about a stranger's death be revealed?

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Suite 101

Aurora Teagarden has a visit from the past when Robin Crusoe comes back to Lawrenceton, this time with a film crew and Hollywood stars in tow.

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USA Today

Stephen King is so hot that an advance copy of his latest novel, The Colorado Kid, was stolen and sold for $1,623 on eBay.Aw, c'mon, it's good, but not that good.King wrote The Colorado Kid for Hard Case Crime, which publishes old and new hard-boiled crime fiction in paperback at a far more affor...

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Yahoo! Voices

... What do you get when you cross one of the most prolific writers of the age with an intriguing story without an answer? What you get is a pulp ...

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BellaOnline

As the story unfolds, it soon becomes apparent how quickly law enforcement can set aside a case when there is little to go on and other cases call for attention, not to mention the lack of interest by the two detectives from the Attorney Generals office.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Horror-meister Stephen King fiddles with the pulp genre in The Colorado Kid for Hard Case Crime, which publishes new and classic hard-boiled crime fiction.

Aug 27 2007 | Read Full Review of The Colorado Kid

io9

In order to Haven for retain viewers they are really going to have to try and flesh out the city and the people that live in it.

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Bookgasm

The Colorado Kid. by Rod Lott on October 19, 2005 · 0 comments. colorado kid stephen king review In Stephen King's latest novel, there are no dark towers.

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Escape Pod

I was primed for a supernatural story — I’ve read several of King’s other stories, novellas, and novels, and it’s pretty well-known that he writes mostly genre fiction — and the fact that Haven was based on the book (or so I’d been repeatedly told by the show’s promotional material) made me more-...

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