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The Outsider

Stephen King

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The Outsider

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The Outsider is another great book from Stephen King. It is the story of a horrendous crime that has taken place in a small town in Oklahoma and the detective assigned to work the case. Conclusive forensic evidence, along with eyewitness accounts quickly find the perpetrator of the crime. As the accused is being taken to court to be arraigned they are killed.

Shortly before the accused was being taken to court a little evidence began to emerge that conclusively placed them in another town during the time of the crime. After their death, evidence that they were actually innocent begins to mount. The fact that conclusive evidence existed that they committed the crime and conclusive evidence also existed showing that they did not was obviously a problem. This vexing problem leads to unlikely partnerships and even more unlikely answers.

This is a great story with interesting characters and unique voices. The plot has a lot of twists and turns that keep you on your toes. If you’ve read a Stephen King novel, the protagonist is kind of the prototypical Stephen King protagonist—male, an overabundance of grounded commonsense, with a mix of skepticism and believing in the supernatural occurrences happening around him. Unlike many of his stories, it is set in Oklahoma instead of Maine but that is a refreshing change of pace from some of his other works.

All-in-all this is well worth a read. HBO is making a drama series based on this story that will debut in January 2020 which should make for great TV. If you love Stephen King, pick it up and enjoy. If you have never read a Stephen King novel, pick it up and you will be drawn into a world in ways you probably never have been before.

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