Morris Bellamy is obsessed with Jimmy Gold, a fictional character created by noted author, John Rothstein. He is angered, however, when Rothstein takes the character in a direction he doesn’t like than goes into seclusion. There are rumors that during the 16 years of seclusion, Rothstein has kept writing, and thinking that he might have more on Jimmy, Morris decides to rob him. He does, but he also kills him during the home invasion, and then kills his confederates and hides the money and the hundreds of Rothstein notebooks. Before he can retrieve his treasure, he’s convicted of a rape and sentenced to life in prison, where he remains for 35 years before being paroled.
Just before Morris is paroled, young Pete Saubers, now living with his parents and younger sister, Tina, in the house that once belonged to Bellamy, stumbles across the hidden loot, and he, too, falls sway to Rothstein’s writing.
Finders Keepers by Stephen King picks up where Mr. Mercedes leaves off, bringing back the characters from that book and matching them up with this one in a thriller that snatches you from your comfortable cocoon of suburban life and plunges you headfirst into a world that only King could create. Switching back and forth in time and character viewpoint, King builds the tension brick by brick, inserting the main characters from Mr. Mercedes, former cop Bill Hodges, his friend Jerome Robinson, and Holly Gibney (who was responsible for bringing the Mercedes killer down, and giving him a brain injury in the process).
If you’re the sensitive type, you’re probably not a Stephen King fan, because he has, as usual, enough graphic violence to make even violent video game fans squeamish, and hair-raising close escapes aplenty. Oh, and before I forget, there’s just a touch of the supernatural—but, I won’t spoil the story for you by telling what it is. You’ll just have to read it for yourself.
I received this book as a gift. It’s a real-deal five stars!