The Colorado Kid: A Hard Case Crime Novel Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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But 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 surprising tale that explores the nature of mystery itself.
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|Listening Length||3 hours and 38 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||September 26, 2005|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #23,956 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#632 in Literature & Fiction for Teens
#1,122 in Crime Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#2,055 in Mysteries (Audible Books & Originals)
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As other reviews have mentioned, the ending is no ending, however King never tries to disguise that the resolution may be unsatisfactory; his newspapermen warn their young protégé of that multiple times. Read this for the beauty of the mystery, the flawless writing and the hour you'll spend in creative thought after you've finished it. If you can be about the journey and not the destination, you'll really enjoy this story.
Until the abrupt end, there is little more than a padded short story here. Yet it is still priced like a full novel.
And the comparison on Amazon to Dashiell Hammett is shameful. They have nothing whatsoever in common. Don’t be fooled.
King even tries to justify himself in the afterward, knowing that people will hate it, but that didn’t stop him from taking my money.
A good mystery lays out the clues and leads the reader around different theories, allowing said reader to draw a few conclusions of his own. Starting off with the likable team of journalists who make up a small-town Maine newspaper, King sets the stage for the story of the ‘Colorado Kid’. After Vince Teague and Dave Bowie share some stories of unsolved mysteries of the area with a Boston Globe feature writer, they return to their office with intern Stephanie McCann. It’s there that the tale of the twenty-five-year mystery is told.
Vince and Dave talk about other Maine and New England mysteries until Stephanie presses them to reveal the story they wouldn’t share with the outsider. Despite the fact that Stephanie came to the Weekly Islander from Ohio, she had gained the respect of the older men during her three months in the small town.
From the discovery of the dead body by a couple of high school students running near Hammock Beach in early spring, through the clues set out in the story, the story is compelling. The evidence is right there in front of them but putting it all together is a challenge before DNA, computers, and the internet.
Was the man a murder victim? Had he had a heart attack? Did he somehow commit suicide? Or was it some kind of accident? But the most important question is, who is the man?
King’s brilliance is his ability to write dialogue that rings true. It’s like standing behind and listening to the town constable and the local doctor discuss the body and what might have occurred. Each character seems to hold a piece of the story. But it’s only the persistence of “a pair of local newspapermen and a graduate student in forensics” that the identity of the kid comes to light.
While the story doesn’t end there, it does add to the mystery of what the body of the dead man was doing on a beach in Maine. I leave it to the reader to discover how the story ends… or doesn’t end. A word of warning, not all mysteries are solved. This book is not about answers but about man’s natural curiosity and need for solid endings. In “The Colorado Kid” King brings to mind the Rolling Stones lyrics, “You can’t always get what you want.” But sometimes you get what you need.
It honestly seems like a rushed attempt. It feels like multiple times throughout the book King attempts to prep the reader for the terrible ending by saying “remember this isn’t a story.” Just seemed like such a copout for knowingly releasing subpar work.
Avoid this one.
If you want it wrapped in a pretty bow then you will be disappointed.
If you watched Haven and expected this to enlighten you..Then you will really be disappointed.
Pick your category above and choose with care.
Not to long ago I read an enjoyed "LATER" so I figured " The Colorado Kid" would be a safe bet. Turns out that I did enjoy the story; I liked the two older news guys and the young apprentice. I enjoyed the mystery given and the steps taken to solve the mystery. I enjoyed the way the mystery was laid out to the young intern. And I turned the page and there was the authors acknowledgements???
I read the acknowledgement and Mr. Kings argument for no ending and I don't agree with his reasoning. I know that he has been criticized throughout his career for his endings and while I didn't always like his endings it is his stories and he should end them anyway he wants. I always felt like his endings were realistic and glad that he dosen't take the easy way out and end with all being roses and unicorns. But in this case I feel the story is incomplete so I deducted the fourth star that the story or mystery deserves. Still it is his story and he should end it his way.
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Initially I was swept away in the story, as usual the characters are great, and I thought it’d be one of those stories where King is just enjoying himself with words.
About three quarters of the way he just lost me. I started to become increasingly irritated by the lack of answers (yes, that is real life but if I’m reading I want to be in the hands of someone who’ll give me SOME resolution.)
The other issue that I had was that you can’t have a character called David Bowie without at least making a tiny reference to the singer. By the end, my irritation was bordering on irrational.
I'm sure anyone reading the story cold (not having been warned the mystery is never fully solved) would feel a little cheated. Would that be perversely satisfying in its own way? I'll never know! But I'm happy with what I did get out of it.
Just one question in my head still. Who was the lady with the red purse???
This book is wonderfully written. No one does it like Mr King.