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Synopsis and pub date

Discussion in 'The Outsider' started by dwshorn, Oct 10, 2017.

  1. dwshorn

    dwshorn Member

    The following synopsis is on Amazon, with a publication date of June 5, 2018.

    From #1 New York Times bestseller Stephen King, whose brand has never been stronger, comes one of his most propulsive and unsettling stories ever.

    An eleven-year-old boy is found in a town park, hideously assaulted and murdered. The fingerprints (and later DNA) are unmistakably those of the town’s most popular baseball coach, Terry Maitland, a man of impeccable reputation, with a wife and two daughters. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland coached, orders an immediate and public arrest. Maitland is taken to jail, his claim to innocence scorned. Maitland has a foolproof alibi, with footage to prove that he was in another city when the crime was committed. But that doesn't save him either.

    King constructs a propulsive plot, and a race against time to uncover the identity of a terrifying and diabolical killer who has left victims—and “perpetrators”—across the country, and who is on his way to his next horrific act.

    King’s psychological suspense is at its most riveting in this extraordinarily dramatic and eerie story. He is devastatingly vivid on the experience of being falsely blamedthe effect on the accused, the spouse, the children; the suspicion of friends, even the most loyal; the impossibility of ever being innocent again (if you are lucky to enough to live). He is also masterful at showing us that supernatural monsters are startlingly like human beings who do monstrous things.
     
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  2. Cody Williams

    Cody Williams Member

    Hmm...isn't there a Ralph "Raphie" Anderson in STORM OF THE CENTURY? They're probably unrelated, though. Kind did say that we would recognize a character in this book. I wonder if this is the Holly Gibney book...?
     
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  3. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...welcome Cody!!...if it’s set in Ohio, at least in part-it might well be...sounds like something that would scare him, as he said it did while writing it...
     
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  4. Spideyman

    Spideyman Uber Member

    Hi and welcome.
     
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  5. king family fan

    king family fan Prolific member

  6. mal

    mal Well-Known Member

    Howdy dwshorn! Welcome and thanks for the post! Sounds good!
     
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  7. Spaceman Spiff

    Spaceman Spiff Well-Known Member

    Shouldn't there be a post about "The Outsider" in the News section (and/or Future Works) by now? I mean, it's showing up all over the internet. I would think it would be announced on SK's official site first. Or at least concurrently. Just sayin'.
     
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  8. Moderator

    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

    The reason we haven't is because Stephen is not happy with the copy for the synopsis and Scribner is editing it. When we have the approved version, we will post it.
     
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  9. Moderator

    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

    The approved final version of the plot copy:

    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 readable stories.


    An eleven-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.
     
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  10. Spideyman

    Spideyman Uber Member


    Thank you MsMod!
     
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  11. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ....meh, might be worth a glance..........:D
     
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  12. Cody Williams

    Cody Williams Member

    Thanks for the warm welcome! The book sounds interesting!
     
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  13. RichardX

    RichardX Well-Known Member

    All book synopsis descriptions from the publishers are amusingly similar in their exaggerated hyperbole. I picture the same person writing them with a list of mandatory buzz words tacked up on the wall for easy reference: "masterful" "shocking" "stunning" "suspenseful" "evocative" "haunting" "must read" "chilling" "heartbreaking"....
     
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2017
  14. Steffen

    Steffen Well-Known Member

    Tell me about it. As if in this day and age it's even necessary to include hyperbole as a selling point on the back of a Stephen King novel. ;-D

    The copy should just read "New book. Go wild."
     
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  15. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...or, “another one? Just take my money”.....
     
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  16. Liselle

    Liselle Well-Known Member

    I pre-ordered this from Amazon and have just received an email telling me that the order has been cancelled as it is no longer available from their supplier. Is there a problem with it or will it be available again soon.
     
  17. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...hasn’t been released yet, not till next year...
     
  18. FlakeNoir

    FlakeNoir Beta Tester Moderator

     
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  19. Spideyman

    Spideyman Uber Member

    I just ckd amazon USA and Uk and the book is still available on PRE- ORDER. (meaning it will be available for shipping only on publication date of June 5, 2018)
     
  20. Liselle

    Liselle Well-Known Member

    I understand that it is released next year, but have always been able to order months in advance, even got an email stating that the arrival date was pushed back until June 28. Just not understanding the unable to source bit, was wondering if there had been a problem or something.
     
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