The Outsider

The Outsider

A Novel

Book - 2018 | First Scribner hardcover edition.
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"An eleven-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. The case seems ironclad, especially when Anderson and the district attorney are able to add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. But Maitland has an alibi, and it turns out his story has incontrovertible evidence of its own. How can two opposing stories be true?"--Dust jacket.
Publisher: New York :, Scribner,, 2018.
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Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781501180989
Characteristics: 561 pages ; 25 cm.
Summary: "An eleven-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. The case seems ironclad, especially when Anderson and the district attorney are able to add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. But Maitland has an alibi, and it turns out his story has incontrovertible evidence of its own. How can two opposing stories be true?"--Dust jacket.

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Abdu14
May 31, 2019

Really cool plot but really vulgar. I had to take a break and return it for a while before continuing it

BPLpicks May 13, 2019

If you’re not squeamish you will like this story. The local baseball coach, a teacher, husband and devoted father has been accused of a horrific crime. A young boy violated and then brutally murdered. He has an iron clad alibi or does he? Can someone be in two places at the same time or does he have a twin no one is aware of. If you were a fan of Mr. Mercedes you no doubt enjoyed the character of Holly Gibney she is back in this novel, her willingness to believe in things no one else does leads the investigation team to a series of unsolved murders. Follow them down a dark twisted path as they work together to solve this paranormal mystery.

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jontalk
Apr 06, 2019

I'm not an avid Stephen King reader due to the violence and horror; books like the Green Mile are more to my liking. That said, this story was interesting due to the 'outsider' element along with the suspense. Of all characters, Holly was my favorite :) I enjoyed it but can't say its the best story I've ever read. As the saying goes, 'each to their own'

One of my favorite books by Stephen King! I'd recommend to anyone who likes mysteries or crime fiction, but with a hint of supernatural to keep things interesting. Know that it does have some violent and disturbing scenes (it is King, after all), but the 'whodunit' is so compelling that you'll keep reading. Loved it.

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MHanover10
Feb 03, 2019

Classic creepy Stephen King. I really enjoyed this. I'm thinking it might have scared me more if I hare read a printed version at night. I listened to it at work and it was still creepy. Stephen King never disappoints. This could make an interesting movie.

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brudadoug
Jan 23, 2019

This is the first King book that I have enjoyed in almost 20 years...I was halfway through it thinking that it was a typical crime mystery and then BANG...it started getting scary. It reminded me of the GOOD Stephen King stories that I read growing up.

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zenjay
Jan 14, 2019

A gripping plot with unpredictable twists and turns, although the ending is reminiscent of many other King stories. Graphic crime scenes are disturbing but sensitively handled. As always, King writes about characters perceptively and empathically, enabling readers to immerse themselves in the story.

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jaxsrose
Jan 07, 2019

I haven't read a Stephen King book in a while and this reminded me why I've liked so many of his books. I liked the characters and the storyline. It was a book I had a hard time putting down as I wanted to find out how it was all going to come together and how it would end.

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dagny49
Dec 04, 2018

Goodreads "best book 2018"

LPL_LeahN Nov 17, 2018

When a small town hero is accused of an unspeakable crime, and all signs point to his guilt, detective Ralph Anderson and his cohorts in law enforcement think they have a slam dunk case. But Terry Maitland steadfastly proclaims his innocence, and new information emerges that casts the investigation into creepy, inexplicable doubt.

Called a "throwback thriller", this is certainly a return to King's roots of eerie supernatural horror, complemented by fleshed out characters you get to know very well. Eventually you have a group of adults trying to wrap their minds around the impossible, the supernatural, the concept of "no end to the universe", and their journey to do that together reminded me a little of IT.

This is classic King and I love, love, LOVE it!

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fiacono2
Dec 21, 2018

good sci fi about a "monster" doppelganger who kills children, and leaves the original person to deal with the crime. Very well constructed, big book but read it fast. happy with the ending

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