2 Jul 2019

Book Review / The Colorado Kid by Stephen King

Stephen King's bestselling unsolved mystery, THE COLORADO KID -- inspiration for the TV series HAVEN -- returns to bookstores for the first time in 10 years in an all-new illustrated edition.

On an island off the coast of Maine, a man is found dead. There's no identification on the body. Only the dogged work of a pair of local newspapermen and a graduate student in forensics turns up any clues, and it's more than a year before the man is identified. And that's just the beginning of the mystery. Because the more they learn about the man and the baffling circumstances of his death, the less they understand. Was it an impossible crime? Or something stranger still...? No one but Stephen King could tell this story about the darkness at the heart of the unknown and our compulsion to investigate the unexplained. With echoes of Dashiell Hammett's THE MALTESE FALCON and the work of Graham Greene, one of the world's great storytellers presents a moving and surprising tale whose subject is nothing less than the nature of mystery itself.

Published:     4th June 2019 (originally published 4th Oct 2005)
Publisher:  Hard Case Crime
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Series or Stand-Alone:  Stand-Alone
Source:  Review Copy from Publisher


I am, very slowly, working my way through all of Stephen King's novels (I may be a while as I hear there are three or four...!) and, honestly, I was looking for a short burst of something mysterious and this hit the right spot.  What a great story. 

I went into this story not really reading the description on the back or really knowing a whole lot about the story apart from what it says on the front of the cover and I was hoping for something different; something other than the normal mystery where something happens, someone investigates and then someone gets caught.   This is not one of those stories.

This story mainly focuses on three reporters (two older reporters and one reporter new into the field) where the two older reports are talking about an unsolved mystery that they came across many years ago, where a man is found dead on a beach.  The majority of this book is discussing the case and what might have happened.  What I actually loved about this story was the ending where it was left open ended as to what actually happened.  This story is, very much, left to the readers imagination to figure out what they think might have happened.  For me, I just sat back, relaxed and enjoyed the ride with the characters playing a very big part in that. 

I would highly recommend this story purely for the story and the characters.  If you are one of those readers who likes an ending that is final, with a clear conclusion, then maybe this story might not be for you but for those who like to be kept guessing - you need to give this a go!