Finders Keepers

Finders Keepers

Large Print - 2015 | Large print edition
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""Wake up, genius." So begins King's instantly riveting story about a vengeful reader. The genius is John Rothstein, an iconic author who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn't published a book for decades. Morris Bellamy is livid, not just because Rothstein has stopped providing books, but because the nonconformist Jimmy Gold has sold out for a career in advertising. Morris kills Rothstein and empties his safe of cash, yes, but the real treasure is a trove of notebooks containing at least one more Gold novel. Morris hides the money and the notebooks, and then he is locked away for another crime. Decades later, a boy named Pete Saubers finds the treasure, and now it is Pete and his family that Bill Hodges, Holly Gibney, and Jerome Robinson must rescue from the ever-more deranged and vengeful Morris when he's released from prison after thirty-five years" -- provided by publisher.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2015
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781410479501
Characteristics: 635 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
large print (16 point)


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Feb 26, 2021

Another great read from Stephen King. In his second book of the Mr. Mercedes trilogy, Stephen King grabbed my attention from the very first chapter. Although the first book was very intense and gory, this story brought a different level of fear into the work of detective Bill Hodges. His team consisting of Bill, Holly and Jerome return for another adventure in this book, one that has much more than they know about in store. This story is based around Morris Bellamy, a crazed fan of John Rothstein’s work and his mission to find the books he stole from him after he gets out of jail. I really enjoyed just how detailed Stephen King’s character descriptions are, and how no matter what perspective he puts the story in, you feel connected to that character, like you are a part of their universe for the time you read about them. This was a very gripping, intense and obviously scary, story to read, but I enjoyed every second of it, and I can’t wait to read the next one in the series. Rate: 3.5/5
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Sep 03, 2020

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LPL_DirectorBrad Feb 11, 2020

I read Mr. Mercedes a few years back and loved it. It's taken me a long time to get around to reading this second installment in the "Bill Hodges" series, but I'm glad a vacation gave me the opportunity to dig into this one. I don't read much Stephen King I have to admit, but this book makes me want to read more. I really enjoyed the multi-layered story and its inevitable move towards the main characters coming to their ultimate confrontation. I like how the book centers on the love of literature as well as the obsessiveness of readers and their strong emotions about authors and their books, right down to murdering an author for doing one of their characters wrong. It was a surprising left turn from the first book, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Nov 08, 2019

4.5/5 on Amazon
Book 2 in Bill Hodges Trilogy

This book by the master of horror is supposed to be a mystery but it is more of a crime thriller because there’s not a lot of sleuthing going on here. In fact, the lead character, Bill Hodges, doesn’t uncover much at all, his assistant Holly makes most of the deductions and even those are too late to change the course of the story. To top it off, the last chapter takes a left turn back into the supernatural which negates the whole reason this series was created. Although it sounds like I hated it, I always enjoy King’s writing and this thriller about book-lovers is fun, it is just a weak second act.

Sep 15, 2017

You can't go wrong with King. What I like about him is that despite his fame and fortune, he still wants to improve himself, honing his craft.
I tend to categorize his books into three types: books that scare the pants off you, page-turning thrillers with real-to-life plots, and thirdly, thought provokers that deal with real issues. The first category is what we naturally associate with King; Carry, The Shining, Christine are all examples of this type. Books in the second category were written after he became famous. Finders Keepers is a good example. It is about a ferocious murderer and his obsession with a famous writer. Books in the third category can fit in the other two classes, except that it deals with an issue that stays on your mind long after you've finished the book. For example, Misery is a thriller but it also makes you think about human loneliness, especially as it affects seniors. The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile deal with prison conditions and also touches on race relations.
My only criticism of Finders Keepers is that King suddenly jumps genre at the end of the book. All along the plot is realistic but the conclusion is typical of a horror. Perhaps King felt he would disappoint his readers if he did not include what he is famous for, but I would have preferred a more realistic ending. But as I said, you can't go wrong with King and this is definitely a good read.

triptophan Jun 12, 2017

Finders Keepers is a boring novel by Stephen King. The book is long. He really didn't need to write a trilogy about the serial killer from Mr. Mercedes, (his first book in the trilogy.) It just seems redundant because the characters are in Finders Keepers are long and drawn out. I hope that the last book, (End Of Watch) is exciting.

May 15, 2017

Good story but it took almost 1/3 of the book before Bill Hodges entered. I wanted to read it because I liked the Hodges character. Disappointing that it took so long for that character to get there.

Jan 23, 2016

The second book in the Mr. Mercedes trilogy, this one was well written, albeit a bit predictable. Interestingly, King sets up the next book over the course of this story, and almost introduces the story at the end. As with most Stephen King novels this was very good.

Jan 09, 2016

Stephen King once compared his work to the literary equivalent of a Big Mac and fries. Quick, easy, maybe unhealthy, and might make you feel guilty for having consumed it. I feel that this is the perfect metaphor for Finders Keepers.
I read this in a matter of hours. I'll admit, I did a little speed reading and skimmed some parts. Sometimes to the point that I wondered if this would have made a better Stephen King novella than novel. If you want a better book about fan obsession, read Misery. These "Bill Hodges" books are King's jaunt into hard boiled detective realism.
I felt like Hodges is an alter ego of King since Mr. Mercedes. He's a restless, aging baby boomer, who is looking for a satisfying final act.
As for the content of the book, I would compare it to a pulp novel. Murder, crime, people in peril. Nothing really new. Sadly for King to experiment with this genre, he doesn't bring much new to it. However, I've read a few mysteries and thrillers in the past year that relied on the old cliche of a villain undone by a secret recording. One of those written by JK Rowling under her pseudonym. At least King didn't resort to that old trope.
I hope Stephen King goes back to horror soon. I also agree that the element of the supernatural at the end seems to go away from the realism King was trying to establish with this series.

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