Writing as "Richard Bachman" King excells yet again with the story of William "Billy" Hallek in his 1984 novel "Thinner". Billy, an overweight lawyer from New England, has an unfortunate accident which results in the death of a women who is a member of a traveling band of gypsies. Small town corruption allows Billy to walk with but a slap on the wrist, however the patriarch of the gypsy clan, a seemingly ancient man, curses Billy with his own form of justice. Having read and enjoyed the novel very much, the story is enhanced with perfectly timed, yet not over used musical cues and sound effects. In the same token Joe Mantegna does a tremendous job giving life to the all the personage King has to offer in this lurid tale. (for fans of the film, in which Mantegna portrayed Billy's confidant, Richie "The Hammer" Ginelli, this is an especially nice treat!) If you are new to King's work, I say what better place to start, if you are like me and have read all the master of horror fiction has to offer, this recording is sure to entertain.
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