Author: Stephen King
Publication: June 2,2015
Print Length: 545 pages
Genre: Fiction: Thriller & Suspense
Purchase: Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, Audible
“Wake up, genius.” So announces deranged fan Morris Bellamy to iconic author John Rothstein, who once created the famous character Jimmy Gold and hasn’t released anything since. Morris is livid, not just because his favorite writer has stopped publishing, but because Jimmy Gold ended up as a sellout. Morris kills his idol and empties his safe of cash, but the real haul is a collection of notebooks containing John Rothstein’s unpublished work…including at least one more Jimmy Gold novel. Morris hides everything away before being locked up for another horrific crime. But upon Morris’s release thirty-five years later, he’s about to discover that teenager Pete Saubers has already found the stolen treasure—and no one but former police detective Bill Hodges, along with his trusted associates Holly Gibney and Jerome Robinson, stands in the way of his vengeance.
My Rating ★★★★
I have always had a weird relationship with Stephen King’s books (some are way too sci-fi for me and others, I cannot stand the small printed format of the books). There are those I loved and read as a teenager, two of my favorites being Pet Sematary and The Shining. Finders Keepers has become another book on my small list of Stephen King favorites.
The book starts with the robbery and the murder of author John Rothstein, murdered by a fan named Morris who is enraged on how his favorite character Jimmy Gold has become a sell out in the final series book. Morris is so obsessed with the unread (and unpublished) Jimmy Gold book he stole, he thought about it constantly during his life sentence in prison for the brutal rape of a woman. When he is finally released from prison he knows he must dig up the trunk of buried books and money he buried so many years ago to read the unpublished Jimmy Gold novel, what he doesn’t know is someone already has. I liked the character of Pete Saubers, the teenage boy who found the buried trunk which contained $22,000 of cash and all the journals of John Rothstein. He mailed money to his parent’s over a period of time to help them pay the bills and read all of the journals, finding himself researching everything on John Rothstein and that is when he realizes, whoever put these journals and the money in the trunk is the same person who murdered the Jimmy Gold Author. Morris comes after Pete and Pete will do whatever it takes to protect his family.
I listened to the audiobook and the narrator Will Patton was fantastic! If you listen to audiobooks, you know a good narrator makes a HUGE difference!
Favorite Quote from the Book:
“Shit don’t mean shit”