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Book-A-Like: The Poet & Mr Mercedes

Gritty crime thrillers are the order of the day in today's QBD Book-a-like!

The Poet by Michael Connelly:

Denver crime-beat reporter Jack McEvoy specializes in violent death. So when his homicide detective brother kills himself, McEvoy copes in the only way he knows how--he decides to write the story. But his research leads him to suspect a serial killer is at work--a devious murderer who's killing cops and leaving a trail of poetic clues. It's the news story of a lifetime, if he can get the story without losing his life.

This is a great old-style detective thriller. The plot is intricate but flows along at a great rate - I couldn't put it down! Connelly has created a fantastically flawed character in Jack McEvoy, and you find yourself questioning his motives the whole way through. Read this if you enjoy Robert Galbraith and Lee Child!- Tina, Chatswood QBD

Mr Mercedes by Stephen King:

A cat-and-mouse suspense thriller featuring Bill Hodges, a retired cop who is tormented by 'the Mercedes massacre', a case he never solved.
Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of that notorious crime, has sent Hodges a taunting letter. Now he's preparing to kill again.
Each starts to close in on the other in a mega-stakes race against time!

Reviewsday: Finders Keepers by Stephen King

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Finders Keepers is the edge-of-your-seat sequel to bestseller Mr Mercedes, King's first foray into the crime fiction genre. And if there's one thing Stephen King can do better than anyone else, it's suspense! From the first page, this book will grip you by the throat and refuse to let go. I finished it in a day, I just couldn't put it down!

Reclusive author John Rothstein awakes in the middle of the night to find himself the victim of a home invasion. But this is no random break-in, and the violent masked men are after something more than money. They want his unpublished manuscripts. Behind one of the masks is an obsessed fan, enraged by the emasculating ending to Rothstein's famous 'Johnny Gold' series. He is out for vengeance after watching his favourite character, his kindred spirit, 'sell out' for a white picket fence and career in advertising.

Fast forward more than two decades, and young Pete Saubers makes the discovery of a lifetime. Buried beside the creek near his house lies a long-forgotten chest, filled with cash and notebooks. Hundreds of notebooks filled with the post-retirement writings of the famous John Rothstein. Deciding to use the cash to help his family, and keeping the notebooks hidden away for his own reading, Pete squirrels away the loot for safekeeping. Little does he know that the man, the very dangerous man, who buried that chest has spent the intervening years in jail for another crime, waiting for the day his parole is granted and he can finally retrieve his treasure...

9781444788648Eventually our favourite retired detective Bill Hodges is called on the scene to investigate Pete's suspicious behaviour, and he teams up with old pals Holly Gibney and Jerome Robinson to find and rescue the boy, if the newly released psychopath doesn't reach him first...

Horror? Done. Fantasy? Done. Non-Fiction? Done. Crime Fiction? Done. Is there anything Stephen King can't do? These crime novels are as well-crafted and suspenseful as the legends of the genre, and I for one can't wait for this series to keep going.