The Dead Zone by Stephen King
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Here he's taken on a political-suspense plot formula that others have done far better, giving it just the merest trappings of deviltry.
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The two things that conjured up that horrible night, were his run of luck at the Wheel of Fortune, and the mask ...Meet Johnny Smith. A young man whose streak of luck ends dramatically in a major car crash. Followed by blackness. A long, long time in cold limbo. When he wakes up life has been turned upside down. His fiancee has met someone else. And Johnny is cursed with the power to perceive evil in men's souls. He's had these hunches since he had an ice-skating accident as a child. Now he has an ability to see into the future. An ability which will bring him into a terrifying confrontation with a charismatic, power-hungry and dangerous man ...
 

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Stephen King lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. He has written more than forty books and two hundred short stories. He has won the World Fantasy Award, several Bram Stoker awards, and the O. Henry Award for his story “The Man in the Black Suit,” and is the 2003 recipient of the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Author Image 1
 
Published January 1, 1979 by Macdonald and Jane's. 426 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction
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Kirkus

Above average

Here he's taken on a political-suspense plot formula that others have done far better, giving it just the merest trappings of deviltry.

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Guardian

Above average
on Sep 12 2012

As with many of his best, it's not a horror, even: over its many sections it's a slow-burn psychological thriller; a crime novel; even (whisper it) a more literary novel about rehabilitation and loss.

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Examiner

Good
on Apr 20 2010

It's got great characters, a good story, and it's long enough to flesh everything out, but not so big that it becomes long in the tooth. If you haven't read it yet, I recommend checking it out, and if you have read it; it's a good book to revisit.

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Teen Ink

Above average

It may not be the best book Stephen king has ever written and it may not be the most profound book he’s ever written. But still it’s a very good and interesting book

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Helium

Above average
on Jan 10 2009

Stephen King changed the horror genre by turning his protagonists into ordinary blue-collar workers with daily problems. He puts these types of characters into situations that are not normal for their station in life.

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