Author – Stephen King
Published – 2019
Genre – Crime fiction
I’ve been on the lookout for a copy of The Colorado Kid since the TV series Haven was first broadcast in 2010, so I jumped at the opportunity to get a review copy of this new issue. It’s worth saying that if you’ve seen the programme it was LOOSELY based on the book and while you can see a few similarities there are definitely more differences. However, it’s difficult to read the book without picturing some of the characters and locations as those from the screen, regardless of the fact that they’re not ‘like for like’.
King wrote the story specifically for the Hard Case Crime publisher and the new edition includes an introduction from Charles Ardai, founder and editor of Hard Case Crime, an Afterword by Stephen King and is illustrated throughout. The story is a mystery that fits in the HCC covers without some of the frills and spills that other King books feature.
“The book tells the story of two veteran newspapermen and their investigation into the mysterious death of a man on an island off the coast of Maine. How does a man wind up dead on a beach, alone, with no identification, two thousand miles from home? And what does it mean to grapple with questions like that, not knowing if you’ll ever learn the answers?”
In fact the story is told by the two veteran newspapermen to a young student on an internship at The Weekly Insider. The story is an example of a real mystery, something that may have no rational explanation, something that would make folks feel uncomfortable. It’s also, through its telling, about times changing and passing on the baton.
Unusually for me I’ve actually taken away a quote from the book that really struck me – “A wave is a pretty thing to look at when it breaks on the beach, but too many only make you seasick.”
I’m one of those people who like a story with a firm conclusion, or at worst a ‘musta been’ but this is a lesson in how you don’t necessarily need either.
A good, and short, read. Many thanks to the publisher for the review copy.