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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...|
Stephanie McCann is a journalism student at University of Ohio. Her summer internship brings her to Moose-Lookit Island, ME where she tags along after Vince Teague and David Bowie--two salty newsmen who've been running The Weekly Islander together for forty years. Over those decades, the old guys have seen it all. With Stephanie's help, they review a cold case involving "The Colorado Kid"--an anonymous tourist visiting the island who turned up dead in the Spring of 1980. The Colorado Kid is classic King. He deftly weaves a charming and funny New England yarn featuring good old fashioned Island storytelling.
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster Audio|
|Number of Volumes||4 vols.|
|Read by||Jeffrey DeMunn|
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Many readers of this novel have complained about the failure of its author to end the book with a solution to its central mystery. Posters to the message board on SK's official website speculate freely, attempting to piece together clues to solve this unexplained (more to the point, unsolvable) mystery--the details of which form the heart of this novel. SK tells us throughout the book--via the voices of the main characters--that there is no solution (that indeed the point of his story is: no solution equals no viable newspaper story), yet some people in this forum play Sherlock, as if the point of the book is for the reader to analyze the fragmentary clues and solve the mystery themselves. If that's a fun thing for you to do, that's fine; just realize that SK means it when he says (in the afterword): "I'm really not interested in the solution but in the mystery." I personally have no problem with the ending.
Having said all that, my problem with the book is in the beginning and the middle. The beginning is S-L-O-W. The main characters--two crusty newspapermen and their young female intern--are introduced, the setting is well-delineated (I would never call into question SK's knowledge of, and feelings for, coastal Maine), but the conflict--that essential element, which is the jumping-off point for plot development--is barely hinted at. It isn't until Chapter 4 that things really get rolling; in one of SK's longer works that might be okay, but to basically write nothing but setup and background material for the first 25% of a short novel? I had to force myself to keep reading.
The middle at least has the intriguing story of the Colorado Kid himself--a dead body found on the beach way back in 1980; nobody knows if he died from natural or unnatural causes--although the way it is told, with newspapermen Vince and Dave swapping anecdotes during a VERY long afternoon, is interesting but not exciting. Characters need to be in action; they need to be doing things. Sitting and discussing an historical incident, drawing conclusions about what it means . . . that's what readers do in their minds when they read a book; when the characters you're reading about spend all their time doing the same thing . . . it's like reading the transcript of a college lecture, including the question and answer session at the end ("School is in?" Stephanie [the intern] asks when one of the old men starts spinning his yarn.). The quality of the writing is good, but the way in which the story is told makes it boring.
Putting the character of Stephanie in action would make her more interesting than does this story of a girl who, in doing her internship (Webster's definition: supervised temporary work in a field to gain experience), is basically just sitting in class again--for the entire length of the book.
I have certainly read worse books than this one--books where the quality of the writing or characterization was poor, or where the plot was haphazard (full of coincidence or lucky breaks or gaps in logic); I find none of those problems with this book, and to reiterate: The Ending Is Fine! It's the way that this interesting idea with interesting (or potentially interesting) characters is formulated into a story--that is where the weakness with this novel lies.
The best thing about this book is the throwback cover painting; never mind that it has nothing to do with the story--if it did there might be a lot more action happening on the printed page.
In 1981, two teenagers find a dead man sitting on the beach of a small island off the coast of Maine. The cause of his death and his identity as an out-of-towner from Colorado are ultimately established, but little else. Despite the coroner’s finding of no foul play, two journeymen reporters from the tiny local paper are convinced that the man has been murdered, a conviction they hold for 25 years. The novel, in which the reporters, now in their nineties, explain their rationale to a young graduate student interning at their paper, is engaging but has more to do with the difference between fiction and reality, the nature of investigative journalism, and the way in which an accomplished novelist can create an unverifiable, unsolveable crime from a selected set of ordinary facts than it does with providing answers. Some will find that a flaw, others, a profound statement. The versatile Jeffrey DeMunn reads in his own voice but lowers it considerably and gravels it up for the dialogue, transforming himself magically into a laconic, elderly New England islander.
This book doesn't fall into the typical Stephen King short story genre. Mostly Two old guys that run a local news paper and a young female apprentice decussing and old mystery. It's Alright, but not the anticipated monster/ax murderer/guosty book typical with Mr. King. Although thoughtful and unique, not one of my favorites.
wrote a review a while back, but here it is again. I received the book sooner than expected. I heard about the Colorado Kid on the TV series "Haven", which was based on the book. I enjoyed it very much.
I DID NOT LOVE IT.
I DID NOT HATE IT.
IT WAS O.K., AVEAGE WORK FROM STEPHEN KING.
I BOUGHT IT BECAUSE I LIKE STEPHEN KING.
I DON'T KNOW WHAT ELSE TO WRITE TO MAKE THIS 100 CHARACTER.