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The #1 New York Times bestselling and undisputed King of Horror Stephen King delivers five unforgettable short stories—two of which will soon be adapted for film, and which Booklist called “raw looks at the limits of greed, revenge, and self-deception.” Like Different Seasons and Four Past Midnight, which generated such enduring hit films as The Shawshank Redemption and Stand by Me, this collection proves Stephen King a master storyteller.
“I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger…” writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up “1922,” the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerizing tales from Stephen King. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife Arlette proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness.
In “Big Driver”—a Lifetime movie starring Maria Bello—a cozy-mystery writer named Tess encounters the stranger is along a back road in Massachusetts when she takes a shortcut home after a book club engagement. Violated and left for dead, Tess plots a revenge that will bring her face to face with another stranger: the one inside herself.
“Fair Extension,” the shortest of these tales, is perhaps the nastiest and certainly the funniest. Making a deal with the devil not only saves Harry Streeter from a fatal cancer but provides rich recompense for a lifetime of resentment.
In the last of the tales—made into a film starring Joan Allen and Anthony LaPaglia—an unsuspecting wife looks for batteries in the garage while her husband of twenty years is away on a business trip. Her toe knocks up against a box under a worktable and she makes a horrifying discovery—and it definitively ends “A Good Marriage.”
From Publishers Weekly
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Book was good! I have been a Stephen King fan as long as I can remember. However... It gets a bit tiresome when in the past 10 years he let's his politics and dislike of the Republicans cloud his storytelling. I mean really Steve you needed to mention Sarah Palin in your afterword! I look to escape everyday realities and take my hard earned money to purchase your novels only to leave with a bitter taste so you can get in a jive or two at the Republicans. When I last checked the Democrats have their share of scandals and look what has become of our country since You Steve and others elected Obama!
I rate this book a 3 could of been a 4 but the political aspect just did me in! This could very well unfortunately be my very last Stephen King book. What a shame!
Creepy and deliciously wonderful at the same time.
SK does not disappoint, as usual. I love this book for the same reason I love all his others...I like to be scared and they gave me a thrill, and because he writes people so well it's uncanny. He doesn't write us as we'd like to see ourselves or as we'd like to be, but as we really are...striving to be good, trying to do the right thing, sometimes falling short...and some so unbelievably evil....wow! A must read!
I have read everything commercially available by this King guy. Imagine all of those books lined up on shelves behind the bar. You are a king-aholic with an extra dime in your pocket. Look for this book on the top shelf. Right in towards the middle.