The Colorado Kid - Stephen King

The Colorado Kid

By Stephen King

  • Release Date: 2005-10-04
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
4
From 654 Ratings

Description

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 impossible crime? Or something stranger still...?
No one but Stephen King could tell this story about the darkness at the heart of the unknown and our compulsion to investigate the unexplained. With echoes of Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon and the work of Graham Greene, one of the world's great storytellers presents a surprising tale that explores the nature of mystery itself...

Reviews

  • THE COLORADO KID

    4
    By CarolMO-1
    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 summer intern Stephanie. As for the case of THE COLORADO KID itself, I whizzed right through the telling eager to find out what happened to the mysterious dead man with no identification, and.....was even fine with the ending. This one won't make my favorites shelf, but it held my attention throughout, and I do love the cover even though "she" is not how I envisioned Stephanie.
  • Willie

    5
    By Slic Willi
    Another great read by King !!!!!!!
  • Colorado Kid

    1
    By Bonimarci
    I had read that Stephen King didn't like this book, I understand why now. I love the Syfy series Haven I had to read the book it was based on. It was very disappointing.
  • AWESOME

    5
    By Whahxuucodjsvdduxoxksbs
    Wow this book is awesome, and I can't believe that my favorite show (Haven) is based off of what is now my favorite book.
  • Mystery

    3
    By Keric66
    Not sure what to think of this one. I wanted more. Seemed it just ended without finality but it will keep me wondering and thinking. That makes it a good book. As usual, the writing is excellent.
  • Crime Novel

    4
    By JMelgar94
    I love that there isn't really a solution to the story, sorry for spoilers. It led me to question the book well after reading, and it crept into my mind throught the next few days. Wonderful characters as well!
  • Lacks an ending.

    1
    By Yosemitejenna
    King spends the whole book setting up a mystery and then does not solve it. Leaves you wanting in the end, in a bad way.
  • Refund please

    1
    By rtyuejhgdf
    The book was so disappointing that even King apologizes in the afterword. Had I read that first, I surely would not have wasted my limited time!
  • Great short story

    5
    By boci89
    I could not put this down. Good mystery story.
  • A non-review review

    4
    By Suzy (thunder rolls)
    I have said many times that I am an unabashed Stephen King fan. Not so much a fan of the " horror story" genre but rather a fan of the story telling variety. The Colorado Kid is yet another example of Mr. King's story telling chops. It is a story about no story at all. It is merely a series of facts and data as related to a young reporter working a small town newspaper beat. There is no real beginning and certainly no end. There are Mr. King's well developed characters, characters you feel like you know. The book is, for the most part, little more than a warm afternoon conversation with friends about the oddities of life. Yet, the way this non-story guides you along makes you wish it could go on forever. Somewhere in there I realized it wasn't the non-story I was enjoying, it was the music of the language, his skill with dialogue. A nice drive in Maine or stroll on the beach or loll in the sun - however you choose to look at it.