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Reviewed in the United States on August 3, 2021
This latest work from King is another thriller/crime novel. There are 24 chapters, and about 515 pages of story.

Billy is a troubled Iraq war vet sniper, who has now become a very professional hitman. He uses several identities as cover, one of which is a writer. The pacing is pretty slow for the first half of the book, as Billy's character is established. We learn about his past traumas, and his skillful, observant, and clever nature. Billy seems to get some cathartic benefit from using his cover as a writer to express his inner thoughts, and some of my favorite parts of the book were his early writing efforts.

Halfway through the book, we meet Alice, another troubled character that has suffered through her own brutal traumas. From the point that Billy meets Alice, the book morphs into more of a revenge quest; hunting down the bad guys to make them pay for their crimes. This shift in pace and motivation almost makes it seem like a different story, and I wonder if this part was written after the pandemic? There are also a few cool easter eggs, or references to places from other King books, that I'm sure Constant Readers will appreciate.

Overall I enjoyed this book even more than “Later”, King's other crime novel released this year. I thought the pacing was a little slow in the first part of this book, but it did give some depth to the main character; and reading Billy's struggles and development as a writer was entertaining. I enjoyed the ending of the book so much, that I feel like it more than makes up for a slow start to the book. Overall another good book from King, and I think that fans of his that recognize some of the references might enjoy it even more.
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