By Stephen King
A compelling and chilling suspense novel, which will delight all readers of King's bestselling Hodges Trilogy.
When an eleven-year-old boy is found murdered in a town park, reliable eyewitnesses undeniably point to the town's popular Little League coach, Terry Maitland, as the culprit. DNA evidence and fingerprints confirm the crime was committed by this well-loved family man.
Horrified by the brutal killing, Detective Ralph Anderson, whose own son was once coached by Maitland, orders the suspect to be arrested in a public spectacle. But Maitland has an alibi. And further research confirms he was indeed out of town that day.
As Anderson and the District Attorney trace the clues, the investigation expands from Ohio to Texas. And as horrifying answers begin to emerge, so King's propulsive story of almost unbearable suspense kicks into high gear.
Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy but there is one rock-hard fact, as unassailable as gravity: a man cannot be in two places at the same time. Can he?
Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His first crime thriller featuring Bill Hodges, MR MERCEDES, won the Edgar Award for best novel and was shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger Award. Both MR MERCEDES and END OF WATCH received the Goodreads Choice Award for the Best Mystery and Thriller of 2014 and 2016 respectively.
King co-wrote the bestselling novel Sleeping Beauties with his son Owen King, and many of King's books have been turned into celebrated films and television series including The Shawshank Redemption, Gerald's Game and It.
King was the recipient of America's prestigious 2014 National Medal of Arts and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for distinguished contribution to American Letters. In 2007 he also won the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. He lives with his wife Tabitha King in Maine.
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22 May 2018
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Hodder & Stoughton
The Outsider gives King fans exactly what they want at the same time as cramming in new ideas, proving the least surprising thing of all: that his novels are as strong as they ever were. — Guardian
A crime masterpiece that has you gripped throughout. — Dublin Evening Echo
Nerve-shreddingly brilliant — Daily Express
If you read only one thriller this summer, make it this one — Daily Mail
King's blend of supernatural crime makes for a taut, clever read that will keep you guessing until the end — The Sun
King pulls back the layers of the everyday to show just how dangerous and threatening the ordinary world we live in case be — Independent
Compulsive entertainment — Mail on Sunday
So shout it from the rooftops: This new take on the old conundrum of how a man can be in two places at once is sensationally good — Sunday Express
The Outsider is a crime masterpiece — Belfast Telegraph
Edge-of-the-seat horror — Independent
This is one of those books where you find yourself rationing the number of pages you read each night to eke it out. A very good read indeed — The Afterword.co.uk
Mixing up genres and multiplying the surprises, The Outsider did keep me in suspense and I think that it is a really great King! — Club.StephenKing