Stephen King is both prolific and eclectic. From 11/22/63 which explores the assassination of John F. Kennedy to some of his classic horror stories like The Shining to the The Dark Tower series which is set in a post apocalyptic world, King shifts from genre to genre with ease, but at their core his books always explore the dark side of humanity and reveals the evil that stalks our very dreams. In The Outsider, King takes on the classic police investigation genre but gives us something much more complicated, making us question the very nature of evidence in finding guilt and the insidiousness of evil.
Detective Ralph Anderson was sure they had their man. The horrific murder of a ten year old boy whose violated body was found in the town park had galvanized the small police force of Flint City. Fingerprints and eye witnesses all pointed to one person -Terry Maitland, Little League Coach and English teacher and one of the most beloved citizens in the town. But Anderson was sure, or at least pretty sure it was Maitland and so in dramatic fashion they arrested Maitland in front of a crowd of onlookers during the last game of the season. And then things started to fall a part. Maitland had an alibi and as the counter evidence begins to come in, Anderson begins to question everything about the case. Enlisting the help of an out of town investigator, Holly Gibney, who uncovers even more disturbing evidence and crimes related to the Maitland case, Anderson begins to look for answers beyond what his rational mind can comprehend.
As always, King explores the nature of evil, the way it corrupts, the power it can have over us, and the ways we can overcome it in nuanced and revealing ways. It is an amazing experience as a reader to be held in the palm of such a masterful storyteller!
Brenda’s Rating *****(5 Out of 5 Stars)
Recommend this book to: Ken, Keith, Sharon and Marian.
Book Study Worthy? Yes!
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