Finders Keepers

Finders Keepers

A Novel

Book - 2015
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""Wake up, genius." So begins King's instantly riveting story about a vengeful reader. The genius is John Rothstein, an iconic author who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn't published a book for decades. Morris Bellamy is livid, not just because Rothstein has stopped providing books, but because the nonconformist Jimmy Gold has sold out for a career in advertising. Morris kills Rothstein and empties his safe of cash, yes, but the real treasure is a trove of notebooks containing at least one more Gold novel. Morris hides the money and the notebooks, and then he is locked away for another crime. Decades later, a boy named Pete Saubers finds the treasure, and now it is Pete and his family that Bill Hodges, Holly Gibney, and Jerome Robinson must rescue from the ever-more deranged and vengeful Morris when he's released from prison after thirty-five years" --provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2015.
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781501100079
1501100076
Characteristics: 434 pages ;,25 cm

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triptophan Jun 12, 2017

Finders Keepers is a boring novel by Stephen King. The book is long. He really didn't need to write a trilogy about the serial killer from Mr. Mercedes, (his first book in the trilogy.) It just seems redundant because the characters are in Finders Keepers are long and drawn out. I hope that the last book, (End Of Watch) is exciting.

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rlabree
May 15, 2017

Good story but it took almost 1/3 of the book before Bill Hodges entered. I wanted to read it because I liked the Hodges character. Disappointing that it took so long for that character to get there.

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rnorris2929
Jan 09, 2016

Stephen King once compared his work to the literary equivalent of a Big Mac and fries. Quick, easy, maybe unhealthy, and might make you feel guilty for having consumed it. I feel that this is the perfect metaphor for Finders Keepers.
I read this in a matter of hours. I'll admit, I did a little speed reading and skimmed some parts. Sometimes to the point that I wondered if this would have made a better Stephen King novella than novel. If you want a better book about fan obsession, read Misery. These "Bill Hodges" books are King's jaunt into hard boiled detective realism.
I felt like Hodges is an alter ego of King since Mr. Mercedes. He's a restless, aging baby boomer, who is looking for a satisfying final act.
As for the content of the book, I would compare it to a pulp novel. Murder, crime, people in peril. Nothing really new. Sadly for King to experiment with this genre, he doesn't bring much new to it. However, I've read a few mysteries and thrillers in the past year that relied on the old cliche of a villain undone by a secret recording. One of those written by JK Rowling under her pseudonym. At least King didn't resort to that old trope.
I hope Stephen King goes back to horror soon. I also agree that the element of the supernatural at the end seems to go away from the realism King was trying to establish with this series.

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Vouvan
Dec 16, 2015

Great read. I liked how the characters are intertwined with other King novels.

pj2thek Nov 13, 2015

started out good. the first 300 pages woulda got 4 stars but after that, man. it bogged down with ridiculous dialogue, just nonsense. i kept skimming thinking it'd get better, but...no. in fact, i got so mad i just quit reading. didnt even care one whit how it ended. started harlan coben's new one, the stranger, and got completely hooked by page 12, i'd say. man, its just beginning but already im excited about THIS one.

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MillieBT
Nov 07, 2015

well....beginning and end especially the end was well done..everything in between couldn't wait to finish....did a lot of speed reading....a disappointing novel...cant wait to read the last of the trilogy End of Watch

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JoanneTravis
Oct 11, 2015

I love the groundwork being laid here for the coming final novel in the series. We are introduced to the main characters, Bill Hodges, Jerome, and Holly in the first novel. Finders Keepers continues the already established dynamics of this unique investigative team and kicks it up a notch. I liked this story better than Mr. Mercedes, loved the perspective about relationships between authors and some fans. I think the bit of reality mixed in with the "what if I take the every day to a different level" are what make King's novels so chilling and memorable.

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mawall
Aug 31, 2015

Not as good as Mr Mercedes but still enjoyable.

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palmer0808
Jul 29, 2015

It was a little difficult for me to get into, but once I found my rhythm, it was smooth sailing! I enjoyed the book and I didn't have to read Mr. Mercedes to understand Finders Keepers.

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PaulaBlix
Jul 27, 2015

I loved this book! Mr. Mercedes was the first Stephen King I'd read because I'm not into horror. I liked it quite a bit so I read Finders Keepers and it was way better than Mr. Mercedes. Totally gripping. You have to read Mr. Mercedes first, though. Which is no hardship.

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