Outside of his Dark Tower novels, Stephen King isn’t really a writer who offers readers out and out sequels to previous works. Yes, he built up his fictional towns and connected elements from some of the novels together in a way that rewarded his Constant Readers, but there weren’t many novels that picked up on the characters or events from previous installments.
Until the last five or so years when King has shown an interest in playing again in some of his own fictional sandboxes. Last year we got a sequel to The Shining which while not as great as the original was a solid, entertaining book. Now King visits the world of Bill Hodges again with the middle novel of a trilogy about those characters with Finders Keepers.
And yet for a sequel to last year’s Mr. Mercedes, King keeps Hodges and company off stage for the first half of Finders Keepers. Instead, King gives us several new characters, all connected by their love of the best-selling author (and perhaps literary) genius of John Rothstein.
Morris Bellamy loves the work of Rothstein — well, at least his first two novels. Feeling betrayed by the choices made for Rothstein’s lead character of Morris Gold and certain the reclusive author has written more, Bellamy breaks into Rothstein’s house, stealing some money and notebooks that contain a couple of short stories and two new novels. Bellamy also murders Rothstein, throwing a monkey wrench into his plan to read and then sell the notebooks to a wealthy investor through his library/book collector friend. Bellamy is eventually caught on other charges and sent to jail, but not before he buries the money and notebooks in the woods in a secure location, just waiting for the day he can be released from prison and get his grubby mitts back on them. Continue reading