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The Colorado Kid

3.26  ·  Rating Details  ·  19,255 Ratings  ·  1,576 Reviews
A rookie newspaperwoman learns the true meaning of mystery when she investigates a twenty-five-year-old unsolved and very strange case involving a dead man found on an island off the coast of Maine.
Mass Market Paperback, First edition, 184 pages
Published February 20th 2006 by Hard Crime Case (first published October 4th 2005)
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Jennifer Wardrip
Nov 14, 2012 Jennifer Wardrip rated it it was amazing
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.

Dec 22, 2011 Greg rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, hard-case
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
Mar 11, 2014 Tfitoby rated it really liked it
“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
Edward Lorn
Nov 10, 2015 Edward Lorn rated it it was ok
A lot of people hate this book for bullshit reasons. I don't usually comment on other people's opinions (I have in the past, but not often) because its their subjective feelings about the shit they read. Fine. Whatever. But to hate this book because it has a cover that only vaguely touches upon the book and/or doesn't fit the Hard Case Crime series... I don't know... I mean, the book does have a female reporter in it and it is a mystery. Yeah, like I said, those people who hate on this book beca ...more
Eleni Ouzouni
Only 184 pages and for seven days I am trying to finish this book. So Boring!
To imagine the tv series is definitely much better...
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
Alexandra aka 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
Oct 10, 2014 Kandice rated it really liked it
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
Mar 06, 2012 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 18, 2010 Dennis D. rated it did not like it
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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. :)
Jul 30, 2014 Mimi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of unsolved mysteries; fans of the show Haven
Shelves: 2014, mystery
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
Oct 23, 2014 Jim rated it did not like it
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
Wayne Barrett
a Hardcase Crime novel,
The answer to the mystery is that not every mystery has an answer.
Well written with a nice flow and likable characters but there wasn't much in the way of entertainment here. I was into the suspense, looking for the resolution, even though we were warned there would be none, and when the end finally arrived...yes, I got it. Still, I could have used a little more meat and potatoes, even though it was only one mouthful that done in our victim...or was it?
Το καλό με καλά και ογκώδη μυθιστορήματα όπως το Πέρασμα του Cronin, είναι ότι σε βάζουν για τα καλά στον κόσμο τους, που είναι και πλούσιος. Το κακό από την άλλη είναι ότι δε διαβάζονται εύκολα σε ΜΜΜ. Εκεί κάνει την εμφάνισή της η Bell, που βοηθάει σε αυτή τη φάση και το εν λόγω βιβλίο που είναι ιδιαιτέρως σύντομο.

Είναι πολύ ευχάριστο και δεν κουράζει. Σίγουρα δεν το μετάνιωσα αλλά δεν είχε το κάτι παραπάνω. Θα έλεγα ότι είναι ο ορισμός του 3,5 στα 5. Ωραία αφήγηση, ενδιαφέρουσα παρουσίαση, δ
Elaine White
May 04, 2015 Elaine White rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, 5-crime
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'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.
Doreen Petersen
Jun 11, 2015 Doreen Petersen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: stephen-king
Wow, just wow. Quite a change of pace for Stephen King writing a mystery and not a horror book but I loved it. Some will like it and some won't but you'll never be bored with it. I would recommend this one.
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.
Feb 09, 2008 Chris rated it liked it
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. "
Chrissa Vasileiou
Δεν ξέρω αν αυτή η ιστορία ήταν διήγημα που προοριζόταν να συμπεριληφθεί σε κάποια συλλογή ή όχι.Θέλω να πω πως θα μπορούσα να ζήσω και χωρίς να το έχω σε αυτόνομη έκδοση! :Ρ
Καλογραμμένο,στο γνωστό ύφος του Βασιλιά,ενδιαφέρουσα ως ιστορία αλλά τίποτε περισσότερο.Όπως αναφέρει και ο ίδιος ο King,εμπνεύστηκε και θέλησε να διηγηθεί μια ιστορία,αφήνοντας τον αναγνώστη να κάνει εικασίες.Χωρίς να 'προδώσει' κανένα τέλος.Απλά το έγραψε.Κι εγώ απλά το διάβασα,πέρασα καλά αλλά πάω παρακάτω και μάλλον σε
Jan 11, 2011 Kit★ rated it really liked it
Shelves: keep-forever, mystery
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
Alvaro Vanegas
Le doy tres estrellas pero mi calificación real es de 2 y media.
Cuando leo una historia en primera persona, siempre me cuesta al principio creer que una persona pueda recordar diálogos y lugares con exactitud, como si tuvieran memoria eidética, no obstante, entiendo que es sencillamente una licencia narrativa y pasadas unas páginas me olvido del asunto y disfruto de la historia. Pero en el caso de Colorado Kid, pasa que está contada en tercera y en primera persona al mismo tiempo, en otras pala
Nick Iuppa
Aug 22, 2015 Nick Iuppa rated it really liked it
When I was a kid of about seven or eight, there was a question my sister and I started asking each other every Christmastime. It’s probably not the question you’re thinking of, but it’s a common one and the answer also happens to explain the mystery of the Colorado Kid.

The question is simply this. “What’s better Christmas or Christmas Eve?” For me the answer was always easy… Christmas Eve. My guess is that it’s Stephen King’s answer too. In his Afterward to the Hard Case Crime Novel, he almost
M.K.  Carroll
Aug 03, 2008 M.K. Carroll rated it really liked it
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
Marialena I.
Feb 21, 2016 Marialena I. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books
Stephen King didn't write Colorado Kid in order to give answers to the victim's murder. He wanted to say that not all mysteries have answers and many questions remain even at the end. Nothing can be wrapped up perfectly with a beginning and its end. This is exactly what happened to the man of the story named Colorado Kid, whose murder 25 years before the book's events, was never solved. Only hypotheses and guesses remained as Stephen King wanted without an ending that we as readers can wonder ab ...more
Sarah Anne
This was loads of fun :) Part of the reason I wanted to read it was because the TV show Haven spun out of it. I was not expecting a lot of crossover and I'm really glad there wasn't a lot. There was just enough (Vince and Dave, The Grey Gull) to remind me of the show but not so much that the links interfered with either the show or the story.

The story opens with two newspapermen who have been in the business for eons talking to a pretty and intelligent young thing who is their intern. She asks t
Jul 09, 2015 José rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stephen-king
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This is a book that divides opinions, some people think that it's great and others that it sucks.
It isn't your typical mystery story since there are few certainties, the characters that tell the tale of this crime gives mostly speculations about what might have happened and we don't get a complete solution of the murder. The reason for this is that this book isn't about the crime (which might sound weird given the fact that this is a mystery book), it's about the nat
Jan 21, 2009 Bob rated it really liked it
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
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Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, M ...more
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