posted on Jun, 30 2007 @ 07:39 PM
I got a copy from my book club. In the intro King said he hated it when he first wrote it, but dug it out recently, reworked it, and thought it
wasn't a bad story.
I thought it was a great story! It was a crime novel, but in the best King tradition, Bachman be damned. Picture a noir version of Of Mice and
I was absolutely riveted through the entire novel. It's about Blaze, a giant with a small intellect, who had a partner/handler named George. George
is now dead, but when he was alive they ran cons all over New England. Taking money from fools, basically.
George is killed in a craps game and Blaze, not much smarter than our current president, is set loose in the world on his own. How will he survive?
He remembers a plan that George had come up with and sets out to pull it off by himself. It involves a 6 month old heir of very rich parents. Somehow
bumbling Blaze manages to snatch the kid, and then he's on the run with an infant in winter in Maine, with no good sense and the haunting presence of
his dead partner.
I was scared to read the end, I was so afraid that the baby was going to come to a very bad end. I won't spoil it for you, let me just say it's a
real page-turner of a story and I stayed up too late trying to finish reading it.