More
    HomeHorrorTHE JUDGE'S LIST

    THE JUDGE’S LIST


    by Stephen King ‧ RELEASE DATE: Aug. 3, 2021

    The ever prolific King moves from his trademark horror into the realm of the hard-boiled noir thriller.

    “He’s not a normal person. He’s a hired assassin, and if he doesn’t think like who and what he is, he’ll never get clear.” So writes King of his title character, whom the Las Vegas mob has brought in to rub out another hired gun who’s been caught and is likely to talk. Billy, who goes by several names, is a complex man, a Marine veteran of the Iraq War who’s seen friends blown to pieces; he’s perhaps numbed by PTSD, but he’s goal-oriented. He’s also a reader—Zola’s novel Thérèse Raquin figures as a MacGuffin—which sets his employer’s wheels spinning: If a reader, then why not have him pretend he’s a writer while he’s waiting for the perfect moment to make his hit? It wouldn’t be the first writer, real or imagined, King has pressed into service, and if Billy is no Jack Torrance, there’s a lovely, subtle hint of the Overlook Hotel and its spectral occupants at the end of the yarn. It’s no spoiler to say that whereas Billy carries out the hit with grim precision, things go squirrelly, complicated by his rescue of a young woman—Alice—after she’s been roofied and raped. Billy’s revenge on her behalf is less than sweet. As a memoir grows in his laptop, Billy becomes more confident as a writer: “He doesn’t know what anyone else might think, but Billy thinks it’s good,” King writes of one day’s output. “And good that it’s awful, because awful is sometimes the truth. He guesses he really is a writer now, because that’s a writer’s thought.” Billy’s art becomes life as Alice begins to take an increasingly important part in it, crisscrossing the country with him to carry out a final hit on an errant bad guy: “He flopped back on the sofa, kicked once, and fell on the floor. His days of raping children and murdering sons and God knew what else were over.” That story within a story has a nice twist, and Billy’s battered copy of Zola’s book plays a part, too.

    Murder most foul and mayhem most entertaining. Another worthy page-turner from a protean master.

    Pub Date: Aug. 3, 2021

    ISBN: 978-1-982173-61-6

    Page Count: 528

    Publisher: Scribner

    Review Posted Online: June 2, 2021

    Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2021

    Share your opinion of this book

    Did you like this book?

    Read The Full Article Here

    RELATED ARTICLES
    - Advertisment -

    Most Popular

    Why won’t Prince William and Kate Middleton be attending when
    Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards’ Ups and Downs Through the
    Millennials And Gen Z’ers, I Am Genuinely Curious If You
    Disney+ Reveals 2 New “Heroes in the Making” for Percy
    ‘The Mandalorian’ Season 4 Is Already in Development
    Dascham review – A terrifying non-stop rollercoaster
    Winnie the Pooh Horror Film ‘Blood and Honey’ Gets First
    Shoresy Interview: Jonathan-Ismael Diaby, Terry Ryan, & Ryan McDonell
    Stranger Things Season 4 Episode 3 Review: Chapter Three: The
    ‘Love, Victor’ Season 3 Trailer: Who Will Victor Choose? (VIDEO)
    Alexis Bledel Departs The Handmaid’s Tale Before Season 5
    ‘Twisted Metal’: Neve Campbell Joins Peacock Series in Recurring Role
    Liss and Nilüfer Yanya Share New Song “Boys in Movies”
    Brian Shapiro Band Releases Follow-up Album
    JoJo Siwa’s XOMG POP Goes Off Like a ‘Mini Explosion’
    Two Shot Dead at Georgia’s Freaknik Music Festival
    Beacon Audiobooks Releases “NFL 1970” Written By Author Ian S. Kahanowitz
    Beacon Audiobooks Releases “The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far” By Author Mary Ellen Bramwell
    Beacon Audiobooks Releases “The Things In Heaven and Earth” By Author Michael Scott Hopkins
    Howard Bloom: “Einstein, Michael Jackson and Me” Celebrates “MJ The Musical”
    These 20 Sun Hats From Amazon Make Sun Protection Look
    Dua Lipa Rocked a Cutout Jumpsuit and Stilettos in a
    I’ve Worn This Bag for 10 Years, and It’s Still
    Lady Gaga Rocks a Cutout Chain-Strap Bikini in Las Vegas
    Interview: Marcus Dunstan on ‘Unhuman’, Zombie Bullies, and ‘The Collected’
    Business As Usual: Book Censorship News, May 27, 2022
    Film Review: Creeper (Short Film) (2022)
    CUTTHROAT