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The Colorado Kid (Hard Case Crime #13)

3.3  ·  Rating details ·  24,950 Ratings  ·  2,027 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, 178 pages
Published October 4th 2005 by Hard Case Crime
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David B. Carter The only thing this has in common with the show is the title and the names of two characters. Even the name of the town is different. If you are a fan…moreThe only thing this has in common with the show is the title and the names of two characters. Even the name of the town is different. If you are a fan of the show then you'll probably be very disappointed with this book. (less)

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Jennifer Wardrip
May 03, 2008 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.

Deborah Obida
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first by Stephen King, I picked The Colorado Kid mainly cause I love the TV show Haven and its based on this, I was surprised that this is not a paranormal and the show is, its weird the this book being the predecessor is just a crime mystery.

I'm not a fan of crime books but its good to come out of my comfort zone that consist of Fantasy,Paranormal and Romance. I must admit this book got my wheels spinning a lot. The writing is okay not great, The plot is amazing and I love it.

I had l
Edward Lorn
Jun 07, 2015 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
Dec 21, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: hard-case, mystery
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
3.5 Stars. No horror here, but still a worthwhile read in my book!

Stephen King states there will be no middle ground on this novel......that readers will either hate it or love it. As for me, I really enjoyed it as well as discovering in the Afterward what motivated him to write what is depicted as a hard-case-crime mystery.

I loved the two "old geezers" (as Mr. King calls them) that own the Weekly Islander Newspaper on Moose-Lookit Island, and the way they quizzed and inspired their 22 year old

Aug 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 21, 2014 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

(Full disclosure: book abandoned at page 66 [out of 184 pages].)

Although I appreciate Stephen King’s effort to write in a totally different style as part of the “Hard Case Crime” series, that’s one of the major problems with this book. This isn’t really a Stephen King book, by which I mean, all that has earned King legions of fans over the decades, all that’s distinctly King, isn’t here. I didn’t need to read past page 66 to know that. I sincerely hope readers new to King don’t
Olivier Delaye
Jan 26, 2014 rated it liked it
A nice little story that’s more about the characters (and their lingo) than the mystery itself. Just don’t read it expecting a payoff or a satisfactory conclusion, because you won’t get any...
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
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...
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?
Mar 05, 2012 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.
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
Nick Iuppa
Jul 23, 2015 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
Johann (jobis89)
Oct 05, 2016 rated it liked it
"Sooner or later, everything old is new again."

This was an unusual book, definitely not King's usual style. I did enjoy it, but ultimately was left feeling unfulfilled. And I get the point of the book and that not everything has an answer... but this just left me frustrated more than anything.

The characters were great, as were the interactions between them...and the story of the Colorado Kid itself was intriguing. So there were definitely positives to the book! I'm just a bit meh about it all...
Abbie | ab_reads
Sep 18, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Dennis D.
Feb 15, 2009 rated it did not like it
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Apr 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: strange-brew
The setup: In a small town in Maine, we meet Vince & Dave, who are two supremely senior newspaper men, and a young bright-eyed & eager-novice-journalist-journeyman named Steffi, who is their fledgling Lois Lane. In the course of a single afternoon, and prompted by the futile investigative efforts of an outside journalist who was attempting to gather info on some of Maine's 'unsolved mysteries,' Vince & Dave slowly (emphasis on slowly) reveal to Steffi the events surrounding the myste ...more
Thomas Strömquist
Picked this one up directly following From a Buick 8 and was instantly thrown into "not a story with a start, a middle and an end" and "curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought him back", which kind of gave a deja vu feeling. This one is mercifully shorter, but ends on an even stranger note. King goes on to say that some readers will love and some will hate it. I did not fit into either category - I'm undecided since I assumed some pages were missing and couldn't believe the book ended ...more
Sep 27, 2009 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
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
Another great HCC from King. I enjoyed this book just as much as Joyland. Great characters. Excellent story line. :)
kostas  vamvoukakis
το ξερει καλα το αθλημα ο τυπος...απλη ιστορια...πολυλογια ακατασχετη αλλα δεν ξεκολας με τιποτα...
Elaine White
Oct 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Apr 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, keep-forever
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
Jul 06, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of unsolved mysteries; fans of the show Haven
Shelves: mystery, 2014
3 out of 5 stars

This is the book the Syfy show Haven is based on. While book and show share the setting, they have very little in common. I liked the book just fine, but I'm more partial to the show because of its paranormal leanings.

Review moved to
Doreen Petersen
Dec 28, 2013 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.
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