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Billy Summers: The No. 1 Bestseller Kindle Edition
A thriller with a surprisingly heartfelt and redemptive ending, Billy Summers is a compelling and engrossing read ― Sunday Express
King's killer instinct hits the mark again... Without abandoning his blood-chilling propensities, he has transformed himself into one of the most adroit and accomplished crime writers in the US. King has negotiated the shifting of gears with the kind of panache that befits the "ultimate storyteller" (for once, publisher hyperbole is justified). ― The I
His best book in years . . . He may always be considered a horror novelist, but King is doing the best work of his later career when the ghosts are packed away and the monsters are all too human ― Guardian
Vintage Stephen King . . . storytelling genius ― Telegraph --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
From the Publisher
- ASIN : B08V575PG3
- Publisher : Hodder & Stoughton; 1st edition (3 August 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 2293 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 433 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 731 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It starts out with promise -- a slightly mysterious job for a hired killer who senses something might be amiss but just can't help doing this one last job for a big payday; the classic Stephen King trope of lead character who is also a writer (will this angle lead to some macabre twist (like in The Dark Half) or stunning insight?); the small-town Americana observations.
Once the first act is complete the story takes an unexpected turn with the arrival of a new character to play the female lead for the book's second act, but this felt random and forced - very unlike King. From there Billy Summers devolves to read like a Jack Reacher/Lee Child novel, and not a very good one I'm afraid to say.
The brief throwback reference in the second part of this book to one of King's classic early novels was bizarre and completely out of kilter with the rest of the story. Sorry to disappoint fans, but this is far from Stephen King's best work.
Little of the supernatural themes that run through his work but a brilliant well told story. Is over 400 pages but I couldn’t put it down and ripped through it in just over two days.
King writes so well with so many little details about American life and culture that it is a joy to read. If you have enjoyed any of Stephen King’s previous book you shouldn’t miss this…..a cracker!
We use the ‘unputdownable’ phrase a lot but this tale truely was.
Nothing short of a brilliant story that is extremely well told.
Possibly Stephen’s best to date.
Top reviews from other countries
The book is great so far, 50 pages into it and can't seem to put it down!
Enough is enough. Tired of the non stop political commentary. Closed the book and requested a refund.
It’s a shame because he used to be a fantastic author. 11/22/63 was his last decent book. Everything after has been mediocre at best or painful like this outing at worst.