Finders Keepers by Stephen King
There was a writer named John Rothstein who wrote a famous trilogy about Jimmy Gold and then stopped publishing. Rumor has it he still writes everyday in his New Hampshire home and also that he doesn’t have much trust in banks. Morris Bellamy is a huge fan of the first two Jimmy Gold novels but is so angry at Rothstein for being a sellout and ruining Jimmy in the last novel. He hopes a fourth Jimmy Gold book exists and redeems his hero. He convinces friends to help him rob Rothstein promising a huge payout. Things do not go as planned.
Young Pete Saubers finds a trunk buried in the streambed under a gnarled tree by his home. Inside is a lot of money and more than a hundred Moleskine notebooks. What will happen when Bellamy comes back to get his money and finally read what happened to his beloved Jimmy Gold?
Will Patton does a wonderful job bringing this book to life. His Bill Hodges really puts a picture of the former police detective in your head. All of his characters come to life, but Hodges most of all. Detective fans will really like Hodges, but those looking for quick pacing are going to want to search elsewhere. King spends a good part of the beginning of the book setting the stage; Hodges doesn’t come in until a third of the way through. The last third though goes at a breakneck speed. And for a King book it has a (mostly) happy ending!
My only complaint about this book is that I waited too long after listening to Mr. Mercedes to start this one. I didn’t feel lost, but I know I was missing things and I found that frustrating. It was my own fault though, can’t blame Uncle Stevie for that! I am going to make sure I read End of Watch sometime in the next year. Don’t want to wait too long this time.