Sometimes it seems I need a whole team just to keep up with new books from Stephen King. The man has produced 54 novels over the past 40 years, and more short stories and scripts than I can count. But for all of that, he remains a potent force in the genre, refusing to sit still or repeat himself. His latest is a supernatural thriller that sounds like a police procedural. It arrives from in hardcover from Scribner this month.
An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation. At a time when the King brand has never been stronger, he has delivered one of his most unsettling and compulsively readable stories.
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. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.
As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King’s propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face? When the answer comes, it will shock you as only Stephen King can.
The Outsider will be published by Scribner on May 22, 2018. It is 576 pages, priced at $30 in hardcover and $14.99 for the digital edition. Read a brief excerpt at Stephen King’s website.