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The Colorado Kid (Hard Case Crime (Mass Market Paperback)) (udgave 2005)

af Stephen King (Forfatter)

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3,0331263,283 (3.2)1 / 93
På en ø ud for Maine bliver en mand fundet død. Der er ingen identifikation på liget, og der går mere end 1 år, før liget er identificeret. Først nu begynder problemerne for alvor, for jo mere man finder ud af omstændighederne omkring hans død, jo mindre forstår man.
Medlem:aleepierce
Titel:The Colorado Kid (Hard Case Crime (Mass Market Paperback))
Forfattere:Stephen King (Forfatter)
Info:Dorchester Publishing (2005), Edition: 1st Edition, 184 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:****
Nøgleord:Ingen

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The March 2021 #TBRChallenge theme is “book by a favorite author.” I’ve not been in much of a romance-reading mood this month (and its not being helped by my current romance being juvenile and dull), so I decided to change genres and seek out a different favorite. Stephen King is one of my favorite writers, especially in a short format, and though this book clocks in at a novel length (205 pages), it’s definitely on the shorter end of the spectrum.

What I like best about Stephen King is that he is a storyteller. He has an amazing ability to spin a yarn, and that’s exactly what he does here. For me, he captures the flavor of rural Maine (perhaps even islander Maine, given his thoughts in the afterward about how insular their communities are), of two old guys telling a story they’ve told multiple times before, like chewing the fat. This time, it’s two old newspapermen telling their young intern, passing the unsolved mystery of the Colorado Kid onto her, to keep it alive and perhaps even the hope of resolving it.

I can see why people would hate this book, even with multiple warnings of the unresolved ending. I can see why people wished it was longer, that one of our narrators had really dug into the case, found the missing pieces that explained everything. As the characters (and King himself) say, we always want an ending, some way to force logic into chaos.

Personally, that’s why I enjoyed it. I like unsolved mysteries (even though I do like solved ones more – they are usually supremely interesting along the journey, even if the resolution is depressingly familiar). I’ve given plenty of thought to what would happen if someone dies without anyone else realizing it. How long would it take to find them? How much effort would be put into identifying them or their cause of death? The plain truth is that a lot of people die alone and unknown. We just don’t want to think about it, and a glut of true-crime docuseries have given us a false sense of security that yes, someone cares enough to chase down the details, no matter how obscure.

It’s a lot of food for thought.

I also enjoyed the meta touches – the name-drops of heralded fictional detectives of yore (Holmes, Marple, Queen); the good-natured ribbing of Murder, She Wrote ♥ It was all woven into the story so seamlessly, so realistically: I can totally see these two geezers, sitting around shooting the breeze and teasing each other, passing along their One Great Unresolved Story to the next generation. This, more than anything, is King’s magic, the way he captures the community of his characters, seemingly effortlessly. Count me in as one who likes this novel! ( )
  eurohackie | Mar 17, 2021 |
This is a quick read, based almost entirely in something King does well - detailed characters telling a story. ( )
  steveportigal | Dec 31, 2020 |
The Colorado Kid (Hard Case Crime #13) Well, I wasn't expecting this.
 
A book with no ending!
 
It starts and has a beginning, it has a middle but no ending. It is told throughout then stops with ever reaching a conclusion. You are not really left hanging because early on your are primed for this tail-less dog.It is told really well and not in a hurry just like the old people that tell it, it is slow and summery and autumery and wintery. It just kinda unfolds into a place where you walk away from it and leave it abandoned. You don't look back because nothing is happening, you just walk away. ( )
  Ken-Me-Old-Mate | Sep 24, 2020 |
I really like this story and the premise behind it. I’ll be honest and admit as I read this one I anticipated all of the unanswered questions would be answered by reviewing ”The Dark Tower“ series. But by books end I can see that sometimes it’s more about the ones telling and receiving the story than who done what or why. ( )
  nkyates | Aug 9, 2020 |
Folks that get here by way of the TV show Haven will be sorely disappointed - like many of King's work turned into film, the names are the same, the places are the same, but little else runs the way you expect it to. This book is a mystery - if the imprint didn't give that away - but it's less about solving the mystery than learning what makes it so mysterious. A fun quick read, told mostly like a ghost story (third person narration). ( )
  kodermike | Jul 31, 2020 |
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