Did not really understand why this book was so popular. A real let-down. No mystery, thrills or anything much. I am sorry I wasted my money purchasing this. Did not enjoy it at all. Buy, that is just my opinion.
As a lover of Stephen King’s writing, and after discovering one of my favourite television shows, ‘Haven’ was based on his novel which I had not read yet – I raced out to purchase it immediately without looking into what kind of book it was… I wanted to be surprised.
Expecting the supernatural goings-on like its small screen counterpart, I was disappointed. ‘The Colorado Kid’ is far more poignant. For starters the main character is a intern newspaper reporter, Stephanie McCann looking into an unusual death for the local The Weekly Islander; and while researching the back story of the event uncovers facts which are left open to interpretation (due to narration which may, or may not be reliable). I actually enjoyed that I wasn't spoon-fed an opinion, but merely presented the situation to which I could draw my own conclusion. It’s a crime mystery novel beyond anything else.
Given that I'm not a big fan of crime novels, I wasn't particularly taken with this book, but loved the subjective nature of the narration. I'm rating this book on it’s style and development of plot above anything else because it is something well out of my usual reading comfort zone.
To say that this book has a dichotomous nature would be unfair. Most people who pick it up for a read would either be fans of Mr King, fans of Hard Case Crime, both, or neither. Established King fans (what am i saying... Constant Readers, that should be) may well presume that this is a horror title, but even is oxymoronic. Hard Case Crime afficianados know exactly what type of book this is, and its purely the quintessential Hard Case Crime novel. Created their own genre, they have. And done it superbly.
A body is found on a deserted beach on an island off the coast of Maine,and it turns out the man has no id, no money, no friends, is a visitor to the town and its up to the local amateurish town newspapermen to discover what happened. I say this because the two town cops are too interested in a real murder case thats just been discovered and they couldn't care less about John Doe. Not to mention his family, his work mates, friends and neighbours.
But of course all of this happened twenty five years ago, and the book is really the introduction to the town, and the heart of the reader, to the gorgeous Stephanie McCann, fresh out of journalism school who is learning the art of the craft from two old masters before she vanishes into the heart of big smoke Americana. Or does she?
The book is classic King. And yet its not. Its moving, its sweet, its picturesque, its small town America at its finest. And its closer to pure literature than you might expect, with bonus references to the author's genius and library of brilliant works scattered throughout its scant 184 pages of mystery. What THE COLORADO KID is *really* about is not who killed John Doe, but what he was doing that got himself killed in the first place. But in order to answer that question, another set of questions may well take precedence, and therein lies the book's pure genius. Questions like what is a mystery? What is journalism? How far can a story's facts be stretched before the character of the deceased is defamed? I've read this book six times now, and I'm still not sure of the answers. Maybe i keep getting distracted by the gorgeous woman on the cover. .