Finders Keepers by Stephen King.


About the Book

Morris Bellamy is a reader so obsessed by America’s iconic author John Rothstein that he is prepared to kill for a trove of notebooks containing at least one more unpublished novel.
Pete Saubers, a boy whose father was brutally injured by a stolen Mercedes, discovers a buried trunk containing cash and Rothstein’s notebooks.
After thirty-five years in prison, Morris is up for parole. And he’s hell-bent on recovering his treasure.
Now it’s up to retired detective Bill Hodges – running an investigative company called ‘Finders Keepers’ – to rescue Pete from an ever-more deranged and vengeful Morris…

My Review

When I read Mr Mercedes earlier this year I found it very difficult to put down. Finders Keepers was a little different. I did enjoy it, but the story leading up to ‘modern day’ was a little slow. Bellamy isn’t a nice person, a passionate reader who takes offence when an author doesn’t treat the character he created with the respect that he felt he deserved. He does a long sentence in prison, for unrelated crimes but the account of his time there didn’t really appeal to me.
However, when Hodges and his friends Jerome and Holly appeared I enjoyed it more. After all, who couldn’t like Holly, she is a fantastic character. I felt very sorry for Pete. His family was torn apart by Brady who appears in some very creepy scenes in this novel even though they are only brief. He decides to help them with the cash he finds but in doing so he places them all in danger. Not only from Bellamy but also the book dealer who is another nasty individual.
It could be read as a stand-alone but to get the best out of it you really need to have read Mr Mercedes. Only a few characters are in both but parts of the storyline are linked. I already have End of Watch, the final part of the trilogy on my bookshelf and I plan on reading very soon.

Mr Mercedes by Stephen King


About the Book

A cat-and-mouse suspense thriller featuring Bill Hodges, a retired cop who is tormented by ‘the Mercedes massacre’, a case he never solved.

Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of that notorious crime, has sent Hodges a taunting letter. Now he’s preparing to kill again.

Each starts to close in on the other in a mega-stakes race against time.

My Review

It is years since I read any novel by Stephen King, from memory the last one was probably IT which was first published in the 1980s.
From the opening chapter I knew Mr Mercedes was going to be good. The prologue that described the mass killing was very convincing, a crowd of people spending the night in a queue for jobs who are mowed down by a madman. It then moves into present day, the lead detective has recently retired and not coping very well. All he has to focus on is an endless cycle of daytime trashy TV. And then he receives a letter that gives him something to think about, and a desire to get justice for the innocent who lost their life that night.

There was a lot to enjoy, fans of Stephen King will pick up on the references to the film adaptations of his novels, I thought this was a clever touch and it made me smile after the grim start.
I liked Hodges instantly but my favourite character was Jerome, I really hope that he appears in the other books in the trilogy. I liked his dedication to his family and friends and his determination to prevent further disaster. Brady’s character was very creepy, especially his relationship with his mother. Cold, calculating and capable of anything, but he isn’t as clever as he thinks. My favourite parts of the novel were when others upset his plans.
I really enjoyed this first book in the Detective Hodges series and I’m happy that I have the others to read soon.