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 ...more
That's a "famous quote" by the author John Rothstein, who penned the Jimmy Gold books. Rothstein pretty much didn't give two craps about his fans whining about only three Gold books being released. Rothstein didn't give many craps at all about much of anything. Until he is awakened by Morris Bellamy and his gang of accomplices.
Morris was introduced to Jimmy Gold's character by a well-meaning teacher who told him.
You and Jimmy Gold will get along. He's a sarcastic, self-hating little shit ...more
The story starts out with an acclaimed author named John Rothstein who pulled a J.D. Salinger and hasn’t published anything in decades. Morris Bellamy is a huge fan of Rothstein’s most famous creation, a disaffected rebel without a cause nam ...more
A STRONG FIVE STARS!!!!!
It took me 2 years to return to this series. I was lukewarm about “Mr. Mercedes”.....not bad but not FANTASTIC.....
But....I kept wanting to return to this series after hearing little bits and pieces of ‘positive’ — STRONGER THAN POSITIVE — comments about book #2 and book #3.
I thought this was a TERRIFIC Stephen King ‘mystery’.....
not a die hard thriller - not paranormal- ( a little gore)- but mostly WONDERFUL CREATIVE STORYTE ...more
On the surface, the mystery and horror genres have never entirely been on speaking terms with each other. Mystery's roots lie in rationalism, or the belief that reality is essentially logical, and truth intellectual: consider Sherlock Holmes using his powers of deduction to solve crimes, or Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot exercising his "little grey cells" to identify a murderer. Horror - along with supernatural fiction, it ...more
Petty criminal Morris Bellamy robs and murders acclaimed author John Rohnstein after feeling unsatisfied with the ending of his famous trilogy of books. Morris ends up going to jail on a rape charge, but years later Peter Saubers finds the trunk that Morris buried containing the stolen money and Rohnstein's unpublished wo ...more
Sigh. This almost got two stars. Almost. I mean, I liked it. There are things to like, but it's so far underachieving for King, so sub-par of his talent and storytelling capabilities that it made me cringe in parts and left me embarrassed for the guy. The last third of the book with Hodges and Holly and Jerome running around trying to solve a mystery like an after-school special mixed with an episode of Scooby-Doo was just paaainful. Nothing about any of that was worthy of King for me.
I know Mr. Mercedes had its many p ...more
I wasn't expecting to be completely amazed by this. Yes, King is my favorite author, but I know his strong point is Horror, and not Crime. The most important thing that I learned after reading this latest novel of his was that Stephen King can write anything he fucking wants. While I was satisfied with Mr. Mercedes, it's a different game when it comes to Finders Keepers. FK exceeded my expectations. This is an amazing novel, add that to the list o ...more
I enjoyed this book with the new and old characters. I thought it was well written and all of the characters were nicely playe ...more
This book also ties into the Mr. Mercedes Killing from the previous book and it's a nice tie-in. Being the middle book in the trilogy, Bill Hodges also goes to ...more
The Line - ”You know what kid? It’s guys like you who give reading a bad name.”
The Sinker - The first line of a review is often much like the first line of a book. What one has to say sets the tone and the promise. I don’t know where to begin but I know I want your attention.
My sense o ...more
1. What's up with old man Hodges always hanging around people that could be his grandchildren? His story at the beginning of Mr. Mercedes was so pitiful, but now he's like the cool old guy that the kids hang out with because he buys them beer. I still have issues with his friendship with Jerome. And Holly is a really an ...more
In this case a writer named John Rothstein has retired to the seclusion of an isolated home in the country after creating a fabulous character named Jimmy Gold who appealed particularly to large numbers of young men who were trying to find their way in the world. Deca ...more
This is the second book (a trilogy is promised) featuring retired detective Bill Hodges, though until his appearance half way through the story you’d be hard pressed to believe it. There are, however, enough elements carried over from the previous book to provide continuity – it ...more
So, yeah, he's sort of special to me. But since this is a book review, here are the the things I'm noticing about King lately (and keep in mind that his older books--'SALEM'S LOT, THE DEAD ZONE, and THE STAND, to name just a few-- ...more
- Stephen King, Finders Keepers
This is a novel that celebrates great literature. No, not just great, but transformative lite ...more
A character in Stephen ...more
But, where is Brady Hartsfield, the perpetrator of the City Center massacre that started this whole nightmare??? Remember what happened to him at the conclusion of Book #1? (viMM.But, ...more
It's like Misery in that we've got obsessions gone really awry, but it goes a bit further, not limiting us to a closed bedroom, but over thirty-five years, several kinds of obs ...more
Words to the wise from Morris Bellamy. He is not a handsome man. Indeed, with his poofy red hair, pale skin, and absurdly red lips he sounds positively clownish. There is nothing funny about his slavish devotion to the first two books in renowned author John Rothstein's Jimmy Gold trilogy, nor his seething resentment of what the author did to his beloved Jimmy Gold in the third book. He didn't kill him off, he made his renegade hero ...more
"Finders Keepers" is the second book in a trilogy that begins with "Mr. Mercedes." The trilogy features detective Bill Hodges and his makeshift (but capable) group of amateur helpers. In "Mr. Mercedes" the team assists in the capture of psychopath Brady Hartfield, who briefly shows up in this book as well.
"Finders Keepers" is a long book with a lot happening so I'll just summarize the main points.
The story begins in 1978. Morris Bellamy - a vicious young criminal - breaks into the home of famous, reclusive author John ...more
The opening chapter starts over 30 years ago and ends with an alarming bang. Morris Bellamy and two accomplices set out to ...more
Morris and Pete were terrific characters. Their entwining stories alone would have been more than enough. I'm ok with Pete's d ...more
Another superb read. What a fantastic series..and another *brief* and/or well edited story. I really don't want to spoil the story for future readers but the links to the previous story are cleverly done as well as setting us up for the final instalment.
King has created another completely insane individual counterbalanced by the endearing and quirky team that work with Hodges: Jerome and Holly. Hodges himself is an admirable central character, flawed not perfect, ...more
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