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The Colorado Kid

3.23 of 5 stars 3.23  ·  rating details  ·  16,470 ratings  ·  1,378 reviews
On an island off the coast of Maine, a man is found dead. There's no identification on the body. Only the dogged work of a pair of local newspapermen and a graduate student in forensics turns up any clues.

But that's just the beginning of the mystery. Because the more they learn about the man and the baffling circumstances of his death, the less they understand. Was it an

Mass Market Paperback, First edition, 184 pages
Published October 4th 2005 by Dorchester Publishing Co.
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Jennifer Wardrip
I picked up this book, not because I'm a Stephen King fan (although I am), but because it was part of the new Hard Case Crime division of Dorchester Publishing. I'll admit, the variety of authors they've collected to write for them is extensive, and THE COLORADO KID just happened to be the first one in the Hard Case group to make it to the top of my to-be-read pile.

I understand, after reading THE COLORADO KID, why so many people on here posted negative reviews. I understand, because just like t
"Ever come across a real unexplained mystery?"

The ratings for THE COLORADO KID were all over the place...I have only started reading Stephen King again in the last few years- after a couple disappointments in the late 90s, but after taking a chance with some of his more recent offerings- and loving them...I decided to take a chance with this one too.

The Main Characters:

Dave Bowie – The 65-year-old managing editor of The Weekly Islander, the small newspaper servicing the island of Moose-Lookit.

A quick check of the personal 'most read authors' feature on goodreads tells me that this is my thirty-third Stephen King book, and it's the one that pushed King ahead of Bukowski as my most read author. There is the possibility that maybe there are a couple of duplicate ratings in there, but I'm not going to look. I'd rather have Stephen King be my most read author than Bukowski (32 Bukowski books?!? I know I really liked him for about five years, but how many times could I read the same story? ...more
“Well then, I'm going to tell you a secret almost every newspaper man and woman who's been at it awhile knows: in real life, the number of actual stories - those with beginnings, middles, and ends - are slim and none. But if you can give your readers just one unknown thing (two at the very outside) and then kick in what Dave Bowie there calls a musta-been, your reader will tell himself a story.”

Stephen King, the seemingly natural born storyteller, offered this little mystery tale up via the pul
Franco  Santos
Este libro de King es uno de los más odiados y desvalorados . A la mayoría no les gustó ni un ápice; los decepcionó, para ser más exacto.

Tarde o temprano, todo lo viejo vuelve a ser nuevo.

Yo no estoy de acuerdo. A mí me parece una buena obra, interesante, diferente, pero en absoluto mala. Es una novela muy corta, para nada pesada ni densa y en ningún momento baja el nivel. Al principio sí tengo que conceder que es un poco tedioso y no sabés bien de qué va. Un poco confuso, quizás. Pero a medi
Even average Stephen King is worth reading. I'd call The Colorado Kid, a short novel (almost a novella) a notch above average, maybe 3.5 stars.

It's not really a "hard-boiled" mystery, though, and I don't know why it's labeled as such. That sultry dame on the cover is pretty misleading; the story is actually an unsolved murder being related to a young reporter working on a small tourist island newspaper in Maine by two old-timers who've been living there and reporting for the paper since forever.
Dennis D.
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Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
Another great HCC from King. I enjoyed this book just as much as Joyland. Great characters. Excellent story line. :)
Auntie J
Just a few thoughts here about this book...first I listened to the audio version. It was well done and the narrator did a good job. I haven't checked how many pages the text version is, but at just over 3 1/2 hours for the audio version I consider this a short story. So I consider the Audible $21.27 "regular" price and $14.89 member price to be seriously overpriced.

The cover pic has absolutely zero to do with the story and implies (to me) a story of a certain flavor and genre which this story do
Jul 30, 2014 Mimi rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of unsolved mysteries; fans of the show Haven
Shelves: mystery, 2014-reads
3 out of 5 stars

Stephen King is a summer tradition that started when I first read Carrie and The Shiningone summer. Both books left an impression by scaring me quite a bit; I really shouldn't have read them back to back. Since then summer usually meant horror, but I've out grown most traditional horrors. Now summer just means Stephen King. I don't have the patience for many of his longer novels so I stick to short ones. At only 170-something pages, this is a fast read.

The story starts out asan i
200 or so pages should have been under 50. The idea, that life doesn't have the pat answers of a story, is OK. The 3 characters are OK, but he took way too many words to say it. Typical & why I quit reading him years ago.

His repetitive, bland descriptions do not dig me deeper into the world he is painting, they just bore me to tears. I was hoping for something different, more like his old style, out of a book by this publisher. Didn't get it.

If you haven't read it, don't bother. It's a wast
Cathy DuPont
While I love Stephen King, I can't read horror and Stephen King, as we know, writes mostly horror.

When I found this on the library shelf (an audio) and it was checked as mystery on the spine, I was elated.

I remember Stephen King forever and everything I've read about him he has been an upstanding person and writer. Never flamboyant like some very successful writers, never 'it's all about me' like some writers and best of all, he's never had anyone else (that I know of, that is) write his books.
I'm sure it wouldn't have been quarter as boring if it were 50 pages instead of 200. And it wasn't really about the ending, it was crystal clear that it's an unsolved mystery. It's written in the description and the beginning of the book.
Elaine White
The Colorado Kid is the first Stephen King novel I can remember reading. I wanted to read it the minute I saw the TV show Haven, and saw that it was based on The Colorado Kid.

I hate stories without endings. At least in novels. Yet, I’ve happily read and enjoyed not only this book but also The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: A Shocking Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective, which is also based on a true story, and which also does not give a satisfying ending. However, I love the Afterw
I re-read this because I have recently started watching "Haven" on Netflix. Haven is based, not on this book, but the place and characters IN the book. I love the show. The best part is how the writers and set decorators insert small references to King's work throughout the years. Sometimes a small nugget of story from one of his novels is told, a scene plays on the screen right off his pages, Paul Sheldon and the Misery series are mentioned when a birthday gift is one of his books. The list goe ...more
This is King's entry into the "Hard Case Crime" imprint, and it's an interesting addition to the genre. According to their website, they specialize in "hardboiled crime fiction," which brings to mind the likes of Mickey Spillane and Ellmore Leonard. Lots of tough guys, fast-talking women and some poor dead bastard whose murder will probably get away scot free.

So it's interesting that King should write a hardboiled crime story with, as his characters tell us over and over again, no story to it. "
I buzzed through this little book in one day. It was told in such a way, I felt like I was listening to an old friend tell me a campfire tale. I sped through the pages, gathering details, making my own notes and theories. I even liked the end, because it's going to keep me thinking for a good long while, wondering what happened to the guy. For being such a short book, I felt a kinship with the characters, like I was there with them. I know this story has gotten disparaging remarks, but I'm going ...more
M.K.  Carroll
There was a point in time where I thought King had lost his touch - I've always thought of him as a superb storyteller but there were a few books after the accident that just didn't hold my attention. I started one of them over a few times and finally gave up. I don't know when King's mojo returned, but I'm inclined to say that it's definitely back in The Colorado Kid. This book may not seem like a noir, not at first, but the elements are there and it's a mystery story about storytelling and mys ...more
I was very disappointed with The Colorado Kid by Stephen King. He wrote the book especially for "Hard Case Crime", a series of books by classic mystery writers and new ones that were supposed to have a 1940s/1950s old time mystery feel to them. I was expecting a hard boiled crime story and what I got was two old geezers in Maine telling their wide-eyed intern about some guy from Colorado who may or may not have choked to death on a steak sandwich. I kept waiting for the book to get better and it ...more
James A.
I can see where THE COLORADO KID would not necessarily be a favorite for most people, but I absolutely loved it. More than anything else, I think it's a character study of the three people who are actually talking through the course of the story and as such I thought it was brilliant. I immediately developed an affection for all three and that doesn't surprise me at all, because that's one of Stephen King's strongest abilities as a writer. He tells a mean story, true, and when it comes to ratche ...more
Stephen King pulls a fast one with his Pulp-Mystery, The Colorado Kid, dragging the reader into the tale with an intriguing mystery that begs to be solved. A man that no one seems to know is found dead on an island off the coast of Maine, with no identification and sparse clues as to how he came to be there.

In typical King fashion, he grounds his story with interesting but believable, hometown characters that could easily be the people next door. However, I had a hard time believing that Stepha
Don’t be fooled by the back cover of The Colorado Kid. It advertises a mystery that follows two reporters and their female intern as they turn up new clues in an old mystery. What this book is really about is two reporters who sit around with their intern, telling her about the one time a dead body was found on the beach. The most exciting thing that happens in the story are descriptions of the characters’ occasional bathroom breaks.

The story isn’t very engaging. It’s comprised of nothing but di
I cannot accept the ending. I definitely want to know what happened. To create a mystery is veeery easy.The hard part is to give a satisfactory explanation
Sara Thompson
This is a short, easy to understand book so it could easily be read by a juvenile. This book is not your typical Stephen King. I wanted to read it because I have fallen in love with Haven on the Syfy channel which is based on this book. I was a little nervous that it might ruin the show for me - like give me the answer to the mystery. The book was good maybe even great but I haven't really decided yet.
The book is a story told from two elderly newsreporters (at a very small newspaper in a small t
Dan Keating
When I picked up The Colorado Kid at a used book store, I figured I was paying a couple dollars for a quick, fun afternoon read. I'd heard of the book because of the Syfy Channel original series "Haven," which claims to be based on it. I didn't think it'd wind up being one of the best books I'd read in a long time - but that's what it wound up being.

First off, The Colorado Kid is a mystery, not a horror novel. It also does not explicitly involve anything supernatural - as a matter of fact, it go
Erin (Paperback stash) *is juggle-reading*
I was quite excited to read this one. I remember years ago when this one was released. Hard Case Crime was coming to Dorchester, reviving some of the older dime and penny novels of the older day. Apparently a fan, King wanted to write a story for the new line. The Colorado Kid is his offering.

Really it turns out to be disappointing, though - I dislike when King tells a story completely through dialogue. He did so here, absolutely through speech and conversation. No internal monologue, no descrip
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Marina Gareis
"...Pero ¿las cosas tienen introducción, nudo y desenlace en la vida real, Stephanie? ¿Qué te dice la experiencia?
... - Que la vida no suele funcionar así."
At the beginning I didn’t know how to set this review. Don’t get me wrong, I read it in two or three hours and I must say that I really liked. But there is a strong risk of saying too much. It 'a short story (indeed, to use the words of one of the characters ‘it is not even a story'), but it demonstrates the ability of King to tell and to keep the reader nailed to the book. Of course, in the first time, my imagination ran to the TV series Haven and I realized that I knew a lot of the information ...more
Rick Hunter
Nov 08, 2014 Rick Hunter rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: nobody
Recommended to Rick by: Ashley Varnum damn you
Shelves: traded-donated
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