Intellectual heavyweights invent the blood sport of television punditry in this heralded documentary. Jackson Heights, Queens, might just be the most culturally diverse neigh Find Out First! First name. Last name. Email again. Sign me up No thanks! Select a festival Any Film Title. If you're looking for horror from King, then don't expect it here. This is a straight out crime-thriller, and if you manage your expectations right, then you'll most probably enjoy this.
I can't wait to read the third novel. That last paragraph was a huge cliffhanger. One more dreadful year of waiting. Write faster, King. View all 11 comments. Did anyone else notice the little smiley used as the dot after Mr. I have had this book for a couple of months and been reading on it for a few days and finally noticed it. I thought something spilled on my book and was trying to rub it off until I figured it out! Lol, I thought it was cool, the smiley, not thinking something spilled on my book!
I enjoyed this book with the new and old characters. I thought it was well written and all of the characters were nicely playe Did anyone else notice the little smiley used as the dot after Mr. I thought it was well written and all of the characters were nicely played. In the 90's a nutcase named Morris Bellamy kills a famous author named John Rothstein.
He then steals his money from the safe and a collection of Rothstein's books that have never been published. Morris panics and hides all of the stuff away in an old trunk at the back of his family house in the woods. Then Morris goes to jail on a totally different charge where he gets what he deserves from his cellmate in my opinion. Jump ahead to and you have a family living in Morris old house.
The parents are having a hard time financially when Mr. Saubers was hit by Mr. Mercedes in the City Center Massacre. Now Mrs. Saubers is the only one bringing in a little income. They have two children named Pete and Tina. One day Pete is out in the back woods and ends up finding the truck with all of the money and novels in it. Pete proceeds to send anonymous envelopes to his family over the few years and it helps them out of their money issues.
He keeps and hides the manuscripts in the house. When the money runs out, Pete tries to find a away to sell the manuscripts without getting caught. Well, this doesn't go over too well, especially after many years, Morris is let out of jail. Pete's little sister, Tina gets in touch with Holly and Mr.
Hodges at their place of work called Finders Keepers. They decide to help find out what is going on with Peter. It was nice to see some of the old gang back together. Even Jerome comes home from Harvard to visit and he gets in on the hunt for answers.
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We get an appearance of Odell, Jerome's dog. Anyway, things finally get figured out and some peeps die and some craziness happens and more peeps die but mostly it works out. Also Mr. Hodges keeps going to visit Mr. Mercedes in the hospital. Hodges thinks he is faking his craziness or veg state, whatever you want to call it. I'm really hoping something more happens with that in the next book!
Head over heels. Morris ends up going to jail on a rape charge, but years later Peter Saubers finds the trunk that Morris buried containing the stolen money and Rohnstein's unpublished works. A few y "For readers, one of life's most electrifying discoveries is that they are readers - not just capable of doing it, but in love with it. A few years after Peter's discovery, Morris is released from prison and wants back what he feels is his You love books, I love books. We all love books. But King takes this book obsession to another level with two of his characters: one of which is the simply iconic and unforgettable Annie Wilkes, and the other is the despicable Morris Bellamy.
Please never go this far, guys. Let's just stick to fangirling over our favourites on all forms of social media. Finders Keepers is an enjoyable detour away from the main story found within Mr Mercedes. The pace itself completely changes. Mr Mercedes is a fast-paced page-turner where your heart is in your mouth on multiple occasions. That slow burn where King builds the foundations of a great story and then turns up the heat. I'm here for it!! Very quickly I am fully absorbed in the story of the Saubers family.
They've fallen on hard times after the father Tom was injured in the incident at the job fair, and the very likeable Pete thinks of a way to relieve the tension building between his parents after finding a trunk full of money and notebooks. For a while you're left wondering how exactly this will fully tie into the mish-mash trio of Hodges, Holly and Jerome, but King weaves it all so perfectly. For approximately the first half of the book, King flips back and forth between present day and the past, and as always, he does so seamlessly.
King explores literature and the love of reading in Finders Keepers, and that was one of my favourite things about this book. King so perfectly depicts how it feels to fall in love with reading, and it is very easy for him to do so because he is an avid reader himself. He gets us. His passion for reading is just as obvious as his love for writing.
It's interesting to see how two passionate readers, the two main characters Pete and Morris, differ in their obsession. One is significantly more unhealthy than the other. Holly is growing on me the more I get to know her, and my love for Bill Hodges continues to grow. I can take or leave Jerome - I just find it uncomfortable when King lets Jerome fall into speaking in his demeaning, and frankly unfunny, dialect. I think it's unnecessary. Otherwise, I really enjoyed Finders Keepers.
I love when King explores the relationship between an author and the reader. Really excited to see how the entire trilogy wraps up in End of Watch! I give this one 4 stars. View all 3 comments. The Hook - No daily walk would be complete without an audio book to listen to. Finders Keepers and its fine narration by Will Patton. Patton differentiates between characters, young, old, male or female with out missing a beat. What one has to say sets the tone and the promise.
My sense of deja vu in the opening scenes of Finders Keepers were strong allying my fears that the six months between reading the second in The Bill Hodges Trilogy was too long. His family sure needs the money as his father is unemployed and disabled after being gravely injured when a Mercedes plows into him and others at a job fair at the City Center Auditorium.
Pete decides to anonymously feed the cash in monthly mailings to his family. But the real find is the long-lost notebooks, what to do with these? This is where the true dilemma for Pete begins. It is the crux of this thrilling story, which brings characters old and new, including the now retired Detective Bill Hodges. Stephen King, I love you for having no shame in dropping names throughout your novels. Finders Keepers is no exception and I reveled in the many references to authors, books, songs and more.
This kinship is what it is all about. One cannot exist without the other. King gets it. View all 27 comments. I started typing out a review of the book, and I might get back to doing that, but not yet. First, a few things that annoyed me with this book followed by stuff I really enjoyed. What's up with old man Hodges always hanging around people that could be his grandchildren? His story at the beginning of Mr. Mercedes was so pitiful, but now he's like the cool old guy that the kids hang out with because he buys them beer.
I still have issues with his friendship with Jerome. And Holly is a really an I started typing out a review of the book, and I might get back to doing that, but not yet. And Holly is a really annoying character. I'm putting too much into one point. Oh well. Stephen King is stuck in the 20th century when it comes to the way people talk, especially when it comes to characters like Jerome. Even when Jerome does his stupid voice of some character he invented to sound more black, it just comes off as forced and awkward. He could really use some help in writing dialogue for younger characters, especially young black characters.
Sometimes things would be moving along just fine and someone would say "homegirls don't play that" and I would have to stop reading for a second to give my eyes time to roll back into place. Alright, I'm good. I really did like the beginning of the story and the ending, like the ending ending.
Like the ok cool I'm glad I have End of Watch ready to go ending. Whoa oh boy that was interesting. But, where this book really got my attention is with its book talk. I immediately wanted to read Rabbit, Run and American Pastoral and all the other newer classics of last century. It had a Mr. Penumbra kind of vibe at times, and I just really liked watching Pete's story unfold.
I actually liked Morris as the villain more than Brady. I don't feel like King shoved how bad Morris was into my face like he did with Brady, and It was cool to see Morris unravel as the story progressed. More crazy author and obsessed fan stuff that we have all seen before with King, but it played out pretty well. I'm still not ready to call this a trilogy. I'll read the final book and see what happens, but this felt like a story that didn't need Hodges and the gang at all.
It actually may have stood up on its own without Hodges and been a better story. King did a nice job weaving in events from the first book, but I almost forgot this was a Bill Hodges story until he finally made an appearance. Even after he was on the scene he felt like more of an afterthought. Still chillin' with his homeboys and homegirls though. Still keep on' gangsta. I'm excited for the grand finale, and I'm really hope it's going where it seems like it's going. Now it's time to read Rabbit, Run.
View all 15 comments. Oct 01, Christy rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Crime thriller lovers and King fans who are open to a little change. Shelves: own , 2nd-in-series. Seems like its been awhile since I read this book, but since I just updated the other two in the series, I thought I needed to add my thoughts on this one. And that is a perfect picture of King through the years--a gigantic composer, creating his own universe--and as far as this being a "redone Misery , I feel that perh Seems like its been awhile since I read this book, but since I just updated the other two in the series, I thought I needed to add my thoughts on this one.
And that is a perfect picture of King through the years--a gigantic composer, creating his own universe--and as far as this being a "redone Misery , I feel that perhaps they should be read back to back Other than that, everyone is entitled to like a story or not, based on it's own merits, and be respected for it Out of the trilogy, I really liked this one, though End of Watch i loved. Both great.
Both tied together in many ways; yet the genres are completely different. To me Finders Keepers is almost a straightforward crime thriller, and I believe King has proven that he can write any style he chooses. I think it's unique for an author to have a distinct trilogy using divergent styles. I don't remember having seen it done before, and for that I only feel my respect for King growing. Avoiding, like most actors, to be "typecast", and spreading his wings a bit.
I guess that if I was in the "horror only" camp, this book would have been a disappointment. It wouldn't have made it a "bad book"--just one that wasn't my cup of tea. With the whole storyline very well laid out above in the intro, there's no need for me to waste anyone's time explaining what this story is about. I loved the development of the characters in this book, especially Holly.
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I liked the tie-in to Mr. Mercedes, with Pete's father Seeing the damage one family endured from the first book up close and personal. And Pete was such a great character by far my favorite! Hope there are a lot of boys like him out there I also loved the literary angle the whole book had--wouldn't it be great to find a trunk filled with masterpieces no one else had ever read??
Then the trouble with Morris eventually bringing Hodges and team in Their role was small, but enjoyed seeing Jive talking' The struggle with the despicable, manuscript stealing, murdering Morris kept me on the edge of my seat. Then the tease at the end with Brady Wow, I'd never anticipated a book's release more than the end of this trilogy End of Watch.
View all 14 comments. Feb 07, James Thane rated it really liked it Shelves: bill-hodges , crime-fiction , stephen-king. With the second novel in the Bill Hodges trilogy, Stephen King returns to an exploration of the sometimes obsessive ties that bind authors and readers together, a topic that he explored so chillingly nearly thirty years earlier in Misery. In this case a writer named John Rothstein has retired to the seclusion of an isolated home in the country after creating a fabulous character named Jimmy Gold who appealed particularly to large numbers of young men who were trying to find their way in the worl With the second novel in the Bill Hodges trilogy, Stephen King returns to an exploration of the sometimes obsessive ties that bind authors and readers together, a topic that he explored so chillingly nearly thirty years earlier in Misery.
In this case a writer named John Rothstein has retired to the seclusion of an isolated home in the country after creating a fabulous character named Jimmy Gold who appealed particularly to large numbers of young men who were trying to find their way in the world. Decades later, rumors swirl that Rothstein has continued to write even though he hasn't published anything since the last Jimmy Gold novel, which disappointed many of his readers who felt that, at the end, Rothstein had allowed Jimmy to sell out to the establishment.
One of those disappointed readers is a young man named Morris Bellamy. Bellamy is so outraged by the perceived injustice of it all, that he recruits a couple of marginal criminals and the three of them break into Rothstein's house late one night. Bellamy has promised his illiterate confederates who wouldn't know John Rothstein from Jacqueline Susann, that the author has a large sum of money hidden in the house, but Bellamy himself is determined to find the notebooks in which Rothstein has allegedly been writing since he withdrew from public life.
Rumor has it that Rothstein may have even written another Jimmy Gold novel and, if so, Bellamy is determined to have it all for himself. Things do not go exactly as planned, and Bellamy winds up killing his literary idol, but not before making Rothstein open his large safe. Bellamy buries the cash and the notebooks in what he hopes will be a safe place behind the house in which he grew up. But before he even has a chance to look at the notebooks, fate intervenes and he gets sent to prison for a crime totally unrelated to the murder of John Rothstein.
It will be thirty-five years before he has a chance to dig up the cash and the notebooks. Well, as we all know, a lot can happen in thirty-five years. Another family will move into the old Bellamy home. Hard times will descend on the family, which is headed by a man who was badly injured in the massacre that opened Mr.
Mercedes , the first book in this trilogy. In the family is a bright young son named Pete Saubers who will stumble across an old buried trunk that has been exposed by a storm. When Pete opens the trunk, what he discovers will change the course of his life, along with that of a large number of other people, including Bill Hodges, the retired detective who was the principal protagonist in Mr. This is a gripping tale from first page to last, and it will appeal particularly to readers who are obsessive in their own ways, although one hopes, not to the extent of Morris Bellamy.
The characters are very well drawn; Pete Saubers is especially sympathetic, and it's nice to see Bill Hodges and some of the other characters from the first book again. As in most Stephen King novels, there are lots of thrills and chills, and having read it, I'm very anxious to finally get to the concluding volume of the trilogy, even though I understand that, due to the size of my TBR stack, I'm already well behind most other readers in this regard.
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I'm a relatively new convert to the story telling skills of SK. And I loved it. I always enjoy books that feature writers and here we are introduced to the fictional John Rothstein who, reminiscent of Salinger, has secreted himself away from public view for many years after achieving success. Suffice to say, a pile of Moleskin notes books are obtained and hidden by Bellamy — who promptly gets arrested and locked up for a long stretch following a violent rape committed whist drunk.
All this is covered in the opening section of the book. Over 30 years later the notebooks are found by Pete Saubers, whose family is in a dire financial position - partly as a result of his father having fallen victim to the Mr Mercedes tragedy. What happens from this point is the essence of the tale. And what a tale it is. The tension mounts and the pace of the action increases the deeper we get into the story.
Hodges appears and another echo of the Mr Mercedes tragedy is introduced. Bellamy, of course, has not forgotten the notebooks and is seeking release from prison. Sure, some of the same criticisms regarding actions taken could be levelled at this book as were put forward by some reviewers about Mr Mercedes. But once again, all I'd say is that I was totally wrapped up in the story, engrossed in a brilliantly woven narrative that hauled me mercilessly to a brilliant conclusion. I didn't have the time or the inclination to second guess why people did what they did.
To me it all worked so well I wouldn't have changed a thing. Perhaps the only jarring note for me comes right at the very end and is not directly connected to the outcome of this particular yarn, but involves the fate of the original purveyor of misery in Mr Mrecedes. I'll not comment further here but rather let you be your own judge, should you read this book. And if you're a lover of a good story you should do just that.
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As a final point, I'd say to all fans of audiobooks that this is one of those occasions where the medium works perfectly. Will Patton who also read Mr Mercedes has just the right gravelly voice to bring the story to life. His pitch, tone and pace are just perfect. View all 12 comments. Sep 05, Matt rated it liked it Shelves: contemporary-fiction , crime. The first book that does that is never forgotten, and each page seems to bring a fresh revelation, one that burns and exalts: Yes!
I saw that, too! No, not just great, but transformative literature. The book that hooks you like a street drug, that teaches you the power of words; the book that, perhaps, for the first time, convinces you that you are not alone. Middle installments of trilogies are famously hard to produce. You need to do contradictory things, by both moving forward and holding still, advancing the storyline but withholding the finale.
The problems here have nothing to do with that. King has a good enough story, I think, but it is marred by lazy plotting and poor execution. It could, in fact, have succeeded as a stand alone thriller, far away from the multiverse expanding around Bill Hodges. The best part of Finders Keepers comes within its first section.
In two alternating storylines, one starting in , the other in , King builds a clever back-story that had me absolutely on the hook. In , a psychopathic literature fan named Morris Bellamy breaks into the home of the reclusive and retired author, John Rothstein. Rothstein is reputed to have a trove of unpublished material, including sequels to his Runner books.
Morris steals this paper treasure from Rothstein, deals with his accomplices, and then buries a chest full of Moleskine journals while he tries to figure out what to do with his haul. Meanwhile, in , we meet Tom Sauber, who is about to go to the job fair at City Center. He is injured by Brady Hartsfield, a. Injured and out of work, in the midst of the Great Recession, the Sauber family tries to hold together. King has always had a frighteningly good ability to deconstruct a family. With incredible economy, King traces every fracture and fault line, viewing most of the collapse through the eyes of young Peter.
One day, Peter, who is also a John Rothstein super-fan, goes out back behind his house, which was also once the house of Morris Bellamy. He finds the manuscripts buried in the backyard. I absolutely loved the opening sequences, the toggling back and forth, the excruciating and precise tracing of shattered psyches and splintered families. To me, this was a master-class of writing. King uses it as buildup, but it stands alone as its own story. It is some of the best writing King has done.
And it is followed by some of the worst. Strange, but not unwelcome. To me, the retired detective is one-half stereotype, one-half bad decisions. When we meet him, he is running a skip tracing firm called Finders Keepers, dedicated to locating people who have gone underground. The crew he gathered in Mr. Suffice to say, it does not make sense to call Hodges, except that the novel is putatively about Hodges. So, Hodges gets the call. I will freely admit that I am a bit fixated on this turn of events. This shoehorning of Hodges, Holly, and Jerome into a perfectly good story. If I could have swallowed this, I probably would have enjoyed the rest of the meal.
But I could not. It stuck in my throat like a big chunk of dry beef. The reason: The entire endgame is based on the premise that no one is smart enough to call If anyone, at any time, had picked up the phone, dialed three numbers that my four year-old knows by heart, and spoke to the person on the other end, all the twists, turns, and unnecessary danger is immediately averted. Yet, despite learning this exact lesson in Mr. Mercedes , Hodges refuses to make that call. Even when he is standing at the scene of a homicide!
The contortions that King undertakes to rationalize this obstinate refusal to contact authorities is ridiculous. King seems to sense this ridiculousness, and keeps trying to explain it. It probably would have been better just to ignore the plot hole, instead of drawing attention to it. When I think back to my favorite King novels, expert plotting is not what sticks out in my mind. In Finders Keepers , everything falls into place. There are no lose ends. The gears spin without a hitch.
The problem, though, is that this mechanism is constructed of wild coincidences, acts of god, and a bevy of questionable choices by the characters, ranging from impossibly prophetic to implausibly stupid. The denseness of the characters is really grating, especially Peter Saubers, who despite being a precocious reader has the decision-making abilities of a sack of bent nails. At one point, he tells himself to think hard , and I nearly shouted, Hard?
In none of the infinite worlds existing parallel to our own would a teenager voluntarily leave the house without her cell phone. Life and death situation or not. All the slipshod scene construction, the papering over of huge logic gaps, the very Scooby Doo -ish nature of Bill Hodges and Co. King is so talented that even his worst stuff is still readable.
I will move forward to the final installment, to see who Bill Hodges will track down next, knowing full well that the person who really should be in jail, for the safety of all, is Bill Hodges himself. View all 5 comments. Aug 15, Jonathan Janz rated it it was amazing. Have I mentioned how much I'd love to meet Stephen King? See, he changed my life. And he also rescued my self-esteem when I was fourteen years old and convinced me I wasn't an idiot.
So, yeah, he's sort of special to me. King is what happens when a generational talent exhibits an inexhaustible devotion to his craft. Morris Bellamy, for instance, is a fascinating villain. When you read him, King makes it look so easy that you forget just how complicated and twisted Morris is. But King so completely inhabits Bellamy that even the most convoluted justification of a depraved action seems reasonable to you That's an extraordinary ability. King can still sting with the best of them. Better than the best of them, actually.
Bill Hodges. Pete Saubers. Jerome and Holly. King cares deeply about these make-believe people, and as a result, I wouldn't be surprised if one of them came walking into my writing room right now. In fact--Oh, hey Bill! I didn't know you were stopping by! Sorry about being in my underwear and all but--what was that? Oh, you're worried about that creep locked up in the hospital ward, huh? Yeah, me too. I get the feeling Brady Hartsfield isn't done with us yet. More specifically I'm worried about you.
I want you to work through your guilt and see the great man I see. I want you to triumph over Brady once and for all. View all 4 comments. Completely engrossing! Dec 09, Lyn rated it really liked it. While the stash was aboard we took pictures of the stack of bails, posed with it, etc. We joked about grabbing some and selling it. What a joke that was. How could a bunch of Coast Guard guys, most of us only a few years removed from suburban schools and boot camp, move any of that product?
So what if it was worth millions, there would be no feasible way to even try. Mercedes , has a similar problem. He has found notebooks from a famous writer, but these were stolen in a burglary, and so how can he sell them? But the original thief of the goods is also on the prowl and Hodges and his motley crew of investigative experts is zeroing in on how to help Pete and his family before all hell breaks loose.
Using the disaster described in Mr. Mercedes, King sets up the events in this novel and also fashions a crafty, decades old crime story into what is a little closer to his horrific writing home than in the preceding book. King fans, and I am one, may like this one better than the original as we see more of the old King Shining! Mercedes also a fine book King seemed to be testing the waters of crime fiction. Mercedes and does one better. MERCEDES trilogy that begins with a trip back to and a terrifying home invasion by whacko killer Morris Bellamy, then fast forwards to with a story of buried treasure and a family in need, eventually leading back to retired Police Detective Hodges and cohorts and a connection to MM.
Oct 18, Bradley rated it it was amazing Shelves: shelf , horror. If anything, the second book in the Bill Hodges Trilogy is better, but not because Bill doesn't show up until much later in the tale. Indeed, I loved it because the characters were extremely vivid and interesting and more than practically any other King novel, I felt the avalanche of events pile up beautifully. It's like Misery in that we've got obsessions gone really awry, but it goes a bit further, not limiting us to a closed bedroom, but over thirty-five years, several kinds of obsessed fans, If anything, the second book in the Bill Hodges Trilogy is better, but not because Bill doesn't show up until much later in the tale.
It's like Misery in that we've got obsessions gone really awry, but it goes a bit further, not limiting us to a closed bedroom, but over thirty-five years, several kinds of obsessed fans, and a Salinger-type writer who's killed for the value of his hidden writings. It's pretty awesome. King has a way of getting deep into the heads and reasons of the baddies and the innocent, alike. Morris isn't as bad as some of King's characters, but he's enough like us book nerds that the sympathy magic works some wonders. Of course, I simply like Pete. He drives the emotion in the tale, and Bill and crew come to save the day, somehow.
Instead, just a great story. Oh, and now there's just a tiny, tiny hint of supernatural. I laughed. Words to the wise from Morris Bellamy. He is not a handsome man. Indeed, with his poofy red hair, pale skin, and absurdly red lips he sounds positively clownish. There is nothing funny about his slavish devotion to the first two books in renowned author John Rothstein's Jimmy Gold trilogy, nor his seething resentment of what the author did to his beloved Jimmy Gold in the third book. He didn't kill him off, he made his renegade hero i He didn't kill him off, he made his renegade hero into gasp!
With a family! Morris has had years to ponder this indignity and now that he has been released from prison, his hands are no longer tied. He is deranged. I couldn't help smiling to myself at the mention of a big black crow perched atop a telephone pole. Mayhap a wee tip o' the hat to Randall Flagg in The Stand? Is Stephen King just pulling our chain here? The connection between Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers is tenuous at best. I would say I feel ill-used, but it didn't ruin the book for me. It does whet my appetite for a real and true denouement in book three to close out the trilogy.
Want to bet that there is something lurking just around the corner in 3 that will put paid to these slightly unsatisfied feelings? Aug 14, Elizabeth Sagan rated it really liked it. A good sequel to Mr. Mercedes and a better book, in my opinion. Jun 02, Paul Nelson rated it really liked it Shelves: best-thrillers , books-read. Finders Keepers is the second book of the Mr Mercedes trilogy and also the name of the private detective agency formed by Bill Hodges and his new assistant Holly Gibney. Along with Jerome Robinson, all responsible for catching the killer Mr Mercedes, they agree to investigate a new case from a most unlikely origin in the schoolgirl pal of Jerome's little sister.
The opening chapter starts over 30 years ago and ends with an alarming bang. Morris Bellamy and two accomplices set out to rob author J Finders Keepers is the second book of the Mr Mercedes trilogy and also the name of the private detective agency formed by Bill Hodges and his new assistant Holly Gibney. Morris Bellamy and two accomplices set out to rob author John Rothstein, author of the Jimmy Gold trilogy, unhappy with the retired Rothstein's treatment of Gold, Bellamy sets out to put things right in true psychotic fashion.
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He comes out of it with Rothstein's notebooks, two unpublished Jimmy Gold stories and a shitload of cash. Bellamy cleans house but before he can read the stories, he's arrested and sentenced to life inside, for an entirely different crime. When Mr Mercedes ploughed his stolen car into a group of people, young Peter Saubers father Tom, was one of the victims. While playing behind their house Peter finds buried treasure in a casket, some beautiful moleskin notebooks and a pile of cash, he anonymously sends the money to his struggling parents and things start to look up for the family.
The money eventually runs out and Pete is left with the literary equivalent of a gold mine but how does he sell those notebooks without arousing any suspicions and staying out of harm's way. Especially when Morris Bellamy finally gets parole and with just the one thing on his mind, Jimmy Gold. The two plot threads of Peter Sauber and Morris Bellamy intertwine and get closer and closer, one determined old man and one young boy with his sister's education at the forefront of his mind.
They will meet, one a stranger to violence and evil, the other a fleeting accomplice to it but about to do anything and everything to get what he wants. And when our three heroes enter the fray, when the stakes are high, Stephen King wraps you round his little finger and ratchets the tension unbearably as we bounce from character to character and the chase is really on. Just like Mr Mercedes, Finders Keepers is an exemplary character driven thriller, even when you stand back and think to yourself, not a massive amount happened there, not much in the way of unforeseen twists but what the King does, is not just get you invested in the characters.
You're literally infected with them all, immersed in them, imbued with them completely, I can appreciate atmosphere, world building, plot, they all go to building a story but characterization is the thing that makes a story real for me. And this is perfect from the young boy to the old killer and the characters we already know from the first story.
A gripping tale of obsession, simple as. Hodges is a retired police officer, he's not going to be running around catching bad guys and if he was to chase the bad guy Morris Bellamy, then you're likely to get the slowest hundred metres world record followed by heart attacks all round but it's not about that. I thought they were all brilliant from Hodges to the quirky Holly Gibney and young Peter, flitting from calm to panic in the blink of an eye.
And Mr Mercedes himself, there in body, for now. Unlike a lot of King's fans, I loved Mr. Having gotten that out of the way, this would have been a five star read for me if King had not made it part of the Hodges trilogy. I don't think Hodges, Holly or Jerome were needed for this story at all. Not only were they not needed, they were almost a distraction. King seemed to be reaching to include them. Morris and Pete were terrific characters. Their entwining stories alone would have been more than enough.
I'm ok with Pete's dad having been part of Mr. Mercedes legacy, but including Finders Keepers felt just a little too contrived for my tastes. All the classic King trademarks are evident in these two. Morris' red lips, instantly creating his face in my mind. Pete's almost "otherness" because he is so mature, smart, caring. Pete is a really, really good guy. King can make us love and hate equally with seemingly little effort on his part. These characters are why I read him! Since this is a thriller, I don't want to give too much away, but I can say that this book hit a little close to home.
I like to think I could never stoop to the low of an Annie Wilkes or Morris to get a fix of my favorite writer s , but at the same time, I could more than understand Morris' despair. Think of the treatment Clarice Starling gets from Thomas Harris , all in the name of a sequel. I imagine the way I felt about that character was the way Morris felt about Jimmy Gold.