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An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation. At a time when the King brand has never been stronger, he has delivered one of his most unsettling and compulsively listenable stories. 

An 11-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad. 

As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King's propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face? When the answer comes, it will shock you as only Stephen King can. 

©2018 Stephen King (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

Critic Reviews

"Narrator Will Patton turns this story into an audio blockbuster.... King's usual sprawling cast of characters is also present, and suffice it to say that Patton does them all justice." (AudioFile)

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Enjoyed Beginning...

And then it dragged. Hated Holly's voice. Will Patton would whisper some voices and shout others so you have to constantly mess with sound. Not SK's best work by a long shot. Skip this one.

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Lame. I don’t believe Steven King wrote this

Lame story. Done better by x-files in an hour compared to 18 hours listening to this. Don’t bother!!!

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It caught my interest...but became toooo long!

I’m a Steven King fan and loved most of his books that I have read but there are a few I’ve read that ends up like The Outsider where he captures your total attention and then just goes on and on and on....I did like the narrator until Holly came around and then it became too annoying. I actually did not finish this book!

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Skip this one.

Usually, I love Stephen King's books (and have read the majority of them), but this one was an absolute struggle to get through. The beginning pulled me in, but from there it was a painfully, slow crawl to reach the ending. I don't mean the length, but the actual story itself. Some of the dialogue felt like I was eavesdropping on irrelevant conversations. I wanted to love this book, but it just didn't happen. I can see from other reviews that people didn't like the narrator. I thought he was fine. If you love Stephen King, also, I would skip The Outsider and chose one of his other books.

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Will Patton great - story so so


Will Patton did a wonderful job of reading this novel. He adds so much to this book. I will watch for him again.

I read or listen to everything I can when it comes to Stephen King and he has been my go to author for almost 30 years. In the past few years he has become political in his books and it has been a huge turnoff. But in this book he toned down is political rhetoric and it's not distracting to this story.

The outsider is a typical SK story and is well thought out and suspenseful. It has all the ingredients of Kings best novels, a really bad guy ( the outsider ) and the good guys hunting the bad guy. In this case he throws in Holly Gibney from the Mr. Mercedes trilogy. In that story she played an essential part in the mix of characters. After Holley is introduction into this book it seems to take a turn and never gets back into a believable storyline . I didn't like her in this role but many readers seemed to enjoy her introduction.

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Disappointing From Stephen King

I’ve been a Stephen King fan for many years, I’ve listened to/read all of the classics and The Outsider seriously disappointed me, the extremely descriptive writing style I’ve grown fond of makes no real appearance in this book which makes it a really hollow experience overall. The ending is the definition of anti-climactic, you spend 17 hours waiting for the big finish and it’s just a big middle finger in your face. The performance wasn’t very good either which can ruin an audio book almost as quick as it’s poor writing. Overall pretty bummed and wouldn’t recommend.

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meh

seems like a few old SK books slightly changed and recycled to create The Outsider. Desperation and Mr. Mercedes especially.

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Not a good one imo

I just couldn’t get into it. Ending was uneventful to me. Returned so I can get a book I’ll enjoy. Love Stephen King but this one wasn’t for me.

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Not my favorite.

Had a difficult time finishing this book. It was slow and the ending left me confused, maybe it's because I just couldn't follow this book through from one chapter to the next. Wish I had passed on this one.

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Not SK's best work.

Plot was a little weak and predictable. Just another super natural killer along the lines of IT with less twists.

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