If you have read Stephen King, especially his early work (‘It’ in particular), you know how King sometimes fills his stories with backstory that doesn’t really move the story along. While these details are beautiful, it turns his stories into 1500 page tomes.
I’m happy to say that ‘The Outsider’ is not one of those books. It’s tight and fast paced. Even with characters that don’t last long in a bloodbath like ‘The Outsider’, you get to know them and feel for them.
The book starts with transcripts of witness statements of a gruesome murder of a child. The suspect, Terry, is a pillar of the community. The police move quickly to arrest him very publicly only to find out that Terry was in an entirely differently city when the murder took place.
Like any small town, Terry is guilty in the court of public opinion and never makes it to his arraignment. An unlikely team of Terry’s defense attorney and the policeman who chose to publicly arrest Terry investigate further. They bring in Holly Gibney who is an private investigator (and character in the ‘Finders Keepers’ series, also by King). Their investigation leads them to Texas to find a man the refer to as “the outsider”.
It’s a story about regret and redemption. And about believing in things that seem impossible. An amazing read. I couldn’t put it down.
And I’m really looking forward to the book being turned into series by HBO.