I read this book first in the early 80-ties. I was still a teenager then and thought it was good but not great. It wasn't my first King but perhaps my third or so. Now when i after many years are picking it down and reading in its original language it is astonishing that i have forgotten some parts of it. I remembered the sad love story and i remembered the really good bad guy politician but i didn't appreciate him at all in the same way as I do know. He has definitely become scarier with age. Perhaps I have matured but he leaves a heavier mark on me today then all those years ago. John Smith himself i found myself liking just as much now as then. The serialkiller and his deeds i had practically forgotten strangely enough. Even if it isn't my fave King (think IT has probably taken that place forever) it is a much better King than i remembered. I remembered thinking when i read this book again that several times King mention an earlier Psychic named Hurkos (i think) and wondered if he is fact or fiction? Was there a real Hurkos or someone like him that King is thinking of?. I don't know but couldn't help thinmking the thought when he is mentioned by name at least twice, probably more.