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Billy Summers Hardcover – August 3, 2021

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An Amazon Best Book of August 2021: Billy Summers made me fall in love with Stephen King’s writing all over again. In it, King introduces a hit man with heart who only kills bad people, and he’s the best in the business. Billy is about to retire but can’t resist one last job. His cover is that he’s a writer, and Billy begins to write the story of his life while he waits for his target. Billy’s personal account is part of what I loved most in this novel—from a brutal childhood to his experiences as a sniper in Iraq, Billy felt so real I almost forgot he wasn’t. And when the job is finished, it’s only the beginning, as Billy and his new companion Alice—whom he rescued from her own violent ordeal—set off to hunt down one more man who will pay for his wrongs with death. Billy Summers is a surprising, sleight-of-hand novel of love, heartbreak, redemption, and retribution from a master storyteller. —Seira Wilson, Amazon Editor


"King’s latest stars a killer-for-hire whose final assignment involves moving to a small Southern town and taking cover as a writer, a job that turns out to be as rewarding as killing bad guys. As for the hit, it doesn’t go so well, but that’s part of the allure of this twisty, multilayered thriller."
The Washington Post

“A noirish, unputdownable thriller that’s also King’s best book about his own craft since On Writing.”
People Magazine

“Multifaceted… hard-to-put-down… It’s two stories for the price of one, and King gives readers their money’s worth.”
—Amanda St. Amand, The St Louis Post-Dispatch

“King writes beautifully about both the seemingly humdrum details of small town living, the seedier backwaters of America and of the idiosyncrasies of Summers, as compelling a main character as he’s ever written…a refreshingly straightforward, often wildly entertaining and intricately plotted tale of revenge and redemption.”
—Emily Burnham, Bangor Daily News

“A testament to its author’s undimmed energy and confidence. His eye for detail, especially at the dreckier end of roadside culture, is sharp…lively and vivid.”
The New York Times Book Review 

“Among the many remarkable things about Stephen King is that he has yet to run out of ideas. Or put another way: He’s very good at finding new ways to explore themes that have interested him his entire career… The passages where Billy writes his life story are some of the best in the book… It’s when [Billy] finds an audience for his story that the book really starts to find its groove.”
—Rob Merrill, The Associated Press

“A first act of stunning formal control… a delicious engine of tension… a delightfully tense crime thriller… somehow both hard-boiled and human, and on par with much of King’s best work… King can still build tidal waves of tension from the smallest deviation from plan, sending Constant Readers plunging deep into the flop-sweat insecurities of his heroes as they watch a situation potentially spiral out of control. In situating Billy’s atonement in communication and creation, not violence, King manages to find a space for redemption… Billy Summers is winningly optimistic about the life of the creative mind. More than almost any other King book in recent memory, it’s a product of its time, but not a victim of it.”
—William Hughes, The AV Club

“Stephen King is an artist, and readers and critics who underestimate him do so at their own peril…Billy Summers is a very good story, told economically with an ear for rhythm. It’s about what it’s like to be a human being, and how that doesn’t really change much, no matter what situation you find yourself in…while there are plenty of action sequences, the heart of this novel lies in its quietest moments.”
—Philip Martin, The Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette

“A love letter to the transformative effects of putting words on paper…the impassioned argument Mr. King makes for the role of writing in healing traumas is heartfelt and affecting… fast-paced and cleverly constructed… written with Mr. King’s legendary eye for detail, and his ability to immerse readers in the mindsets of fictional characters serves the story well… witnessing this deeply-scarred man discover a new way of seeing himself and his place in the world is beautifully resonant. Mr. King’s sheer pleasure in the alchemy of turning mere words into entire universes is on full display here, and it is contagious — not just for Billy, but perhaps for Constant Readers as well.”
—Wendeline Wright, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Stephen King hits the mark with assassination thriller Billy Summers…It’s downright unfair, really: Not only is Stephen King an undisputed master of horror, he’s a virtuosic crime novelist as well… King actually is as good at the hard-boiled prose—in this case, the tale of an extremely effective assassin trying to get out after one last job—as he is the scary stuff… King’s known for his literary villains, yet in creating his killer title protagonist, he exquisitely gets into the mind of a hitman and roots around in there to figure out what kind of person would do wetwork, the loneliness involved for those who choose that as a career path and the effect it would have on friends and loved ones… The biggest crime here, however, would be missing out on Billy Summers and King’s new reign as a pulp genius.”
—Brian Truitt, USA Today

"King’s latest endeavor begins with a familiar premise: decorated veteran Billy Summers, a principled hit man on the eve of retirement, agrees to do one last job. Things go south in spectacularly bad fashion, making for a characteristically King thriller about luck, fate, and redemption. To see the undisputed master of horror shift into the realm of noir thrillers is proof that King can still surprise and astound us, all these decades later."

"King has multiple novels in play here—thriller, at least two coming-of-age stories, and a knockout road novel—and he knits them together beautifully, never missing a stitch ... King has never been better than he is here at wrapping readers into a propulsive, many-tentacled narrative—complete with a perfectly orchestrated, moving ending."
Booklist, starred 

"[A] tripwire-taut thriller... King meticulously lays out the details of Billy’s trade, his Houdini-style escapes, and his act to look simpler than he is, but the novel’s main strength is a story within a story... This is another outstanding outing from a writer who consistently delivers more than his readers expect."
Publisher's Weekly, starred

"The ever prolific King moves from his trademark horror into the realm of the hard-boiled noir thriller ... Murder most foul and mayhem most entertaining. Another worthy page-turner from a protean master." 
Kirkus, starred

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Scribner; First Edition/First Printing (August 3, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 528 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1982173610
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1982173616
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.77 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.42 x 1.65 x 9.45 inches
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not Your Usual Stephen King Novel
By Love Life on August 3, 2021
This is not your usual Stephen King supernatural or horror novel. This is a stealth bound crime thriller that will tie you in to the characters and never let you go.

This book definitely needs trigger warnings about rape, child abuse and war because it isn't often what you see in a SK novel. While the triggers are not too detailed, these are very touchy to some.

Billy Summers, an ex-marine sniper is a killer for hire. He's a sort of robin hood because he only kills bad guys. He's on his last hit, but this time isn't like any other. This book is going to take you on a wild adventure that you weren't expecting. This is another amazing Stephen King thriller!

I was excited to read Billy Summers from the beginning to the end. Once I received it I found a comfortable chair and read for hours on end. The more I would read, the more I loved the book. The characters are well developed and engage a realness. There's alot of suspense as you get to the middle chapters.

Stephen King is such an amazing writer. I always find myself not being able to put down a SK novel until I'm done. Billy Summers is a character with a heart for money and humanity. He's not exactly a good guy, but he's certainly not a heartless human. Billy's story is well developed and shares a character that has had a hard childhood and post trauma from a career as a sniper in the military.

Everything from the relationships Billy has to the war stories he carries from Iraq, entangle you in this non-typical King fashion. Alice, a woman that Billy rescues from a horrible gang rape goes along with him in search for vengeance. He becomes entangled in Alice's World and the horrifying ordeal she went through. Billy now has someone he feels he needs to find justice for. Along the way he finds himself in a way he never knew.

I absolutely loved this book because of the characters Billy and Alice. I continued reading for days until I could know how Billy's last job turned out. The ending had some bittersweet turns and tied into the real message of this book. I give this book, Billy Summers a 4 out of 5.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The king is back.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 5, 2021
As a lifelong Stephen King devotee, it’s difficult not to have the preconceived notion that everything he writes is going to be astounding. But this was. I think it’s one of his best works. I know that those who aren’t as staunchly in awe of this work, think of his name as a horror writer. That may be true to a point, but isn’t there a lot of horror in the world right now?
This book does not go down the supernatural path, as do many of his earliest works, but in true King fashion, there is a nod to one of his most lauded books, involving a haunted hotel. The characters in this book are superbly crafted and you have strong feelings about every single one of them, even the bad guys, of which there are plenty.
The story is almost in three separate parts, but woven together to create an intricate tale of love, war, justice and vengeance. The protagonist is a complex killer carrying around a head full of demons, yet a Robin Hood, who champions those who have been wronged. As always, Mr. King manages to paint vivid pictures of life in quintessential small town America, and intermingles it with the harsh reality of how its bigger turbines are grinding all that away. It makes you think about what’s important in life with another profound King-ism ”God doesn’t have a plan - he throws pick-up sticks” As always with a much anticipated King book, once I opened Billy Summers, it never got closed till the last page.
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