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Finders Keepers

(Bill Hodges Trilogy #2)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  96,600 ratings  ·  8,880 reviews
Wake up, genius.

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
Hardcover, 434 pages
Published June 2nd 2015 by Scribner
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Liz Craig Why................................................ wouldn't you want too?!
Rick Urban So all those composers who wrote pieces whose titles begin with "Variations on a theme..." have just run out of ideas? Just because this story deals…moreSo all those composers who wrote pieces whose titles begin with "Variations on a theme..." have just run out of ideas? Just because this story deals partially with the relationship between an author and a fan of dubious mental health doesn't mean that it is a retread of Misery. In fact, Misery deals with a battle of wills between the protagonist and antagonist of the story that lasts the entire novel, while a similar battle in Finders Keepers ends within the first 30 or so pages, and the novel deals with the long-term repercussions of that battle.(less)

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Edward Lorn
Jun 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before we begin, I feel I need to state a few things. Over the course of the next few months you will see reviews from people who thought this book was "just okay". You will see reviews from people who are only reading it so that they will be able to hate-review it and they want a clean conscience, so they will finish it even though the experience will be on par with stomach swelling and labor pains when not pregnant. Then you will read fan reviews wherein this is touted as the mostest bestest t ...more
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Shit don't mean shit.

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
The good news is that it isn’t as bad as Mr. Mercedes, and that there’s actually a halfway decent plot lurking in here. The bad news is that this makes it more clear than ever that Stephen King does horror a helluva lot better than he does crime thrillers.

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
Elyse (retired from reviewing/semi hiatus) Walters

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
Karin Slaughter
Sep 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's Stephen King. Read it.
John Connolly
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review originally appeared in the Irish Independent, June 7, 2015:

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
Johann (jobis89)
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"For readers, one of life's most electrifying discoveries is that they are readers - not just capable of doing it, but in love with it. Hopelessly. Head over heels."

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
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yeah!! Fantastic book!!! Ugh, and that cliffhanger???!! Yup, I'm obsessed. "Shit don't mean shit!" Lol.

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
Will M.
Here's my review of the first book: Mr. Mercedes

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
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Did anyone else notice the little smiley used as the dot after Mr. on the front of the book? I have had this book for a couple of months and been reading on it for a few days and finally noticed it. I thought something spilled on my book and was trying to rub it off until I figured it out! Lol, I thought it was cool, the smiley, not thinking something spilled on my book!


I enjoyed this book with the new and old characters. I thought it was well written and all of the characters were nicely playe
One of my new favorite Stephen King books to date. I loved this book about writers. I feel like King always tells an excellent story when a writer in the the book (Shining, Misery, etc). I think Stephen King is getting better with age. This is mostly a suspense book I believe. There are some horror elements, but it's not most of the book.

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
The Hook - No daily walk would be complete without an audio book to listen to. Finders Keepers and its fine narration by Will Patton. Patton differentiates between characters, young, old, male or female with out missing a beat.

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
Oct 13, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started typing out a review of the book, and I might get back to doing that, but not yet. First, a few things that annoyed me with this book followed by stuff I really enjoyed.

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
James Thane
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
With the second novel in the Bill Hodges trilogy, Stephen King returns to an exploration of the sometimes obsessive ties that bind authors and readers together, a topic that he explored so chillingly nearly thirty years earlier in Misery.

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
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Crime thriller lovers and King fans who are open to a little change
Shelves: own, 2nd-in-series
Seems like its been awhile since I read this book, but since I just updated the other two in the series, I thought I needed to add my thoughts on this one. *****I feel a need to add (after reading some reviews), that although King often uses writers, I agree with Rick Urban who said 'they are variations on a theme' composers do. And that is a perfect picture of King through the years--a gigantic composer, creating his own universe--and as far as this being a "redone Misery, I feel that perhaps they shou*****I ...more
Andrew Smith
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a relatively new convert to the story telling skills of SK. But I'm a long standing reader of crime fiction, so Stephen King’s foray into this genre with Mr Mercedes was a welcome surprise. And I loved it.

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
Jonathan Janz
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Have I mentioned how much I'd love to meet Stephen King? See, he changed my life. Without him, I wouldn't be a reader, a writer, or an English/Creative Writing teacher. And he also rescued my self-esteem when I was fourteen years old and convinced me I wasn't an idiot.

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--
Sep 05, 2018 rated it liked it
“For readers, one of life’s most electrifying discoveries is that they are readers – not just capable of doing it…but in love with it. Hopelessly. Head over heels. The first book that does that is never forgotten, and each page seems to bring a fresh revelation, one that burns and exalts: Yes! That’s how it is! Yes! I saw that, too! And, of course, That’s what I think! That’s what I FEEL!
- Stephen King, Finders Keepers

This is a novel that celebrates great literature. No, not just great, but transformative lite
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Back in the 90s I was in the Coast Guard and we made a big drug bust out at sea, a TON of cocaine. 2,000 pounds. While the stash was aboard we took pictures of the stack of bails, posed with it, etc. We joked about grabbing some and selling it. What a joke that was. How could a bunch of Coast Guard guys, most of us only a few years removed from suburban schools and boot camp, move any of that product? So what if it was worth millions, there would be no feasible way to even try.

A character in Stephen
Lindsey Rey
Jan 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, 2016
[4.5 Stars]
I loved this even more than the first. Completely engrossing!
FINDERS KEEPERS is the second book in the Stephen King MR. MERCEDES trilogy that begins with a trip back to 1978 and a terrifying home invasion by whacko killer Morris Bellamy, then fast forwards to 2010 with a story of buried treasure and a family in need, eventually leading back to retired Police Detective Hodges (and cohorts) and a connection to MM.

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.

Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-shelf, horror
If anything, the second book in the Bill Hodges Trilogy is better, but not because Bill doesn't show up until much later in the tale. Indeed, I loved it because the characters were extremely vivid and interesting and more than practically any other King novel, I felt the avalanche of events pile up beautifully.

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
...the consequences for you will be unpleasant in the extreme.

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
Elizabeth Sagan
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
A good sequel to Mr. Mercedes (and a better book, in my opinion). I love when the characters are avid readers/writers (see Misery). Even when they kill their favorite author because he didn’t end a series as they wanted to.

Oct 19, 2015 rated it really liked it

"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
Paul Nelson
Jun 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Finders Keepers is the second book of the Mr Mercedes trilogy and also the name of the private detective agency formed by Bill Hodges and his new assistant Holly Gibney. Along with Jerome Robinson, all responsible for catching the killer Mr Mercedes, they agree to investigate a new case from a most unlikely origin in the schoolgirl pal of Jerome's little sister.
The opening chapter starts over 30 years ago and ends with an alarming bang. Morris Bellamy and two accomplices set out to
Jul 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unlike a lot of King's fans, I loved Mr. Mercedes. Having gotten that out of the way, this would have been a five star read for me if King had not made it part of the Hodges trilogy. I don't think Hodges, Holly or Jerome were needed for this story at all. Not only were they not needed, they were almost a distraction. King seemed to be reaching to include them.

Morris and Pete were terrific characters. Their entwining stories alone would have been more than enough. I'm ok with Pete's d
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars rounded up.
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,
Karl Marberger
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
Good writing and great suspense. Interesting concept for an antagonist to be motivated by the love and power of fiction, something we tend to see in only a positive light. But with his villain, King shows a negative depiction; demonstrating how powerful it really is.
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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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“For readers, one of life’s most electrifying discoveries is that they are readers—not just capable of doing it (which Morris already knew), but in love with it. Hopelessly. Head over heels. The first book that does that is never forgotten, and each page seems to bring a fresh revelation, one that burns and exalts: Yes! That’s how it is! Yes! I saw that, too! And, of course, That’s what I think! That’s what I FEEL!” 83 likes
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