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Finders Keepers

A Novel
Lu par : Will Patton
Série : Bill Hodges Trilogy, Volume 2
Durée : 13 h et 5 min
Catégories : Anglais - Fiction, Horror
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2016 Audie Award Finalist for Best Male Narrator

A masterful, intensely suspenseful novel about a reader whose obsession with a reclusive writer goes far too far - a book about the power of storytelling, starring the same trio of unlikely and winning heroes King introduced in Mr. Mercedes

"Wake up, genius." So begins King's instantly riveting story about a vengeful reader. The genius is John Rothstein, an iconic author who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn't published a book for decades. Morris Bellamy is livid, not just because Rothstein has stopped providing books but because the nonconformist Jimmy Gold has sold out for a career in advertising. Morris kills Rothstein and empties his safe of cash, yes, but the real treasure is a trove of notebooks containing at least one more Gold novel. 

Morris hides the money and the notebooks, and then he is locked away for another crime. Decades later a boy named Pete Saubers finds the treasure, and now it is Pete and his family that Bill Hodges, Holly Gibney, and Jerome Robinson must rescue from the ever-more deranged and vengeful Morris when he's released from prison after 35 years. 

Not since Misery has King played with the notion of a reader whose obsession with a writer gets dangerous. Finders Keepers is spectacular, heart-pounding suspense, but it is also King writing about how literature shapes a life - for good, for bad, forever. 

©2015 Stephen King (P)2015 Simon & Schuster

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"Narrator Will Patton takes the best Stephen King novel in years and turns it into an audio masterpiece.... Listeners may double check to see how many narrators are performing this work. But it's just Patton, and he's more than enough." (AudioFile)

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  • PlantCrone
  • 21/06/2016

5 Stars for Will Patton reading Stephen King


What a great trilogy, Stephen King's 3 Bill Hodges' books are..and WOW, Will Patton -there couldn't be a better narrator for these books!

King has written something different here, in the first," Mr Mercedes", police detective 'Kermit' Bill Hodges and partner searches for the horrific murderer who barreled a stolen Metcedes Benz into a before dawn group of people, lined up tfor entrance to a job fair. "Mr Mercedes" is something very different for King..a suspense murder mystery.....

In Book 2, "Finders Keepers", retired police detective AKA the 'Ret Det' falls in love and finds an unusual business partner. Again, Patton nails Holly "Berry", the OCD, slightly psychotic woman who is the daughter of the sister of the...well you have to read the story..imagine, King writing a real love story. Even side characters in the book, the Robinson family, are written so well and narrated so beautifully that we really get to know them.

In "End of Watch", 6 years after the massacre at the City Center job fair, we find Bill Hodges still striving to bring closure for the people who were injured or killed. The murderer, however, has other ideas and continues to kill, again and again. He's still after Hodges and the Robinson family -a real page turner!. The final novel is more typical of Kings work with the addition of suspense and psychic computer programs.

It's difficult to write a review and not insert spoilers...Harshfield is a crazy bad person and though we think he has gotten his just reward, he has something else going on. Hodges is the basic good person but has his own issues. All 3 novels were exciting but the third one is the best IMO.

Thru more than 30 hours of narrative, Will Patton keeps up his exciting and spot on reading..he truly brings the characters to life and we get to know them, with all their problems. I haven't really searched for Pattons work but will from now on. He goes on my list, along with the likes of George Guidell, Luke Daniels and Davina Porter . Patton reads with real heart!

If you haven't been a fan of Stephen King's writing in the past, this trilogy may turn you around. It's not a scary book like "It" or "The Stand", it's so unlike other work and I hope he tries again in the suspense genre.

The trilogy cheap at 3 credits-and so worth the time and money. Really..give it a try!!

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  • Eric Mochnacz
  • 09/07/2018

Glad I found and kept this book!

So you know how they say the sequel is never as good as the original story?!

That’s true, but this second entry in the Bill Hodges saga does a pretty damn good job of holding up against Mr. Mercedes.

Although Brady Hartsfield is currently in the Traumatic Brain Injury unit, his choice to mow down a bunch of people at City Center greatly influences this story. We learn more about some of the other victims - specifically the Saubers family - and in meeting them, we find ourselves engrossed in another story of murder that reminds us that in life, there is no such thing as consequence.

Holly, Jerome (and his sister) are back with Hodges - and we meet a new array of characters - and can’t help but be intrigued to learn how their lives will intertwine. And as the story moves swiftly between time periods, we soon learn that actions in the past have definitive impacts on our futures.

Again, I listened to this on audiobook - so Will Patton elevated the story in some prices, detracted in others. For example, his interpretation of Holly makes her sound like a more juvenile version of Rainman rather than a woman with an ASD.


I often said that this isn’t traditional King, as this story (and its predecessor) is grounded in reality and deals with human villains....but the ending leads me to believe we are moving into creepy classic King territory - and I can’t wait to listen to the next entry.

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  • Mel
  • 18/06/2015

The Fat Lady Hasn't Sung Yet


Finders Keepers could be a decent stand alone read (in which case the background you'd miss would be insignificant and the foreshadowing would be irrelevant); the plot is okay and the writing never drags, BUT it is the middle of a trilogy which makes it difficult to evaluate. What a-ha moments are tucked into this mid-section; what brilliant tie-ins that might have us looking back from the final act? Without retrospection, FK is a bridge, and a rating is a bit of a hedged bet.

In Finders Keepers, King revisits the theme of Reading, Writing, and Fans, sans the horror element of the axe-wielding Annie Wilkes. The connections to Mr. Mercedes are whispers that at times portend some return to King's signature style of story telling with book number 3, and at other times seem little more than awkward paste-ins for the sake of connecting this bridge to a beginning and an end. What was missing for me in King's foray into the genre of crime thrillers, was the mystery and the thrill. The story was linear with some elements too coincidental to be reasonably acceptable. We know from the beginning the bad guy (Morris) wants the notebooks and the good guy (Pete) has them. The chase is on, and we know whom must survive to facilitate the finale.

King himself, in an interview you may have read in the NY Times, said about his Hodges trilogy: "The most difficult by far (at least for me) is the novel of mystery. “Mr. Mercedes,” “Finders Keepers” and the forthcoming “The Suicide Prince” — the Hodges trilogy — were extremely difficult. I just can’t fathom how people like Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, Peter Robinson and Ruth Rendell are able to do this in book after book." I appreciate that King dares to venture outside the box we fans sometimes want to confine him to, and that he shares it with us. While many loved this installment, it wasn't the nail-biter that I had hoped would propel me into The Suicide Prince. I suppose FK is a respectable crime thriller. King can hardly do wrong with his mad skills, but the more I read, the more I yearned for the Master of Horror to return to his kingdom. I thought this mid-section of the Hodges trilogy was just a little flabby and unspectacular.

Will Patton is, as usual, fantastic. He captures the killers voice so well that he traps you in this madman's head, you are relieved when Patton lets you out and switches to the gentle voice of young Pete, or the scruffy Detective Hodges. He nails it with each character, both here and in other books I've listened to him narrate.

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  • W Perry Hall
  • 12/07/2015

This No. 2 feels like a set-up guy for #3

I love most Stephen King stories/novels. While this book had an intriguing premise, was "adequate" for a 2d of the trilogy, and was peppered with Mr. Mercedes, the much more interesting momma's boy villain from the 1st book, it never connected me like the first book. While I did find certain parts suspenseful, I felt like King didn't give the protagonists from Mr. Mercedes the same kind of pizzazz in this one, nor did the villain feel as real.

Reading this did, however, make me reevaluate the excellence of Mr. Mercedes.

I fully expect Mr. King to make the return of Momma's Boy in part 3 one for the ages.

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  • Winston Ross
  • 11/06/2016

Full of cliche

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This book is a story strung together by cliche and literary references. I thought it was a lazy way to get enough words for a novel. This is the first of King's books I didn't really like, not because of the story but because of the writing. I'm going to try the last book in the trilogy but if it proves to have the same fault, I won't finish it.

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  • 6catz
  • 04/06/2015

Nobody does it better

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King is still a brilliant storyteller. He has always been the master of engaging the reader in the lives of ordinary people who are eventually thrust into extraordinary circumstances that force them to become heroic. This is no exception, all edge of the seat narrative from start to finish.

Will Patton is the perfect reader for King's work, really invested in the drama without overacting - quite a trick. His voicing of the characters is really well defined, and I especially love his interpretation of Holly, the brilliant girl with Aspberger's who proves indispensable in many a tight spot. And can I say Wow, Stephen King doing a series? So glad!! I loved the trio in Mr Mercedes, and was happy to be back in their company. Looks like the door is wide open for another sequel too, yay!!!

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  • David Shear
  • 03/06/2015

King is Masterful

In this trilogy, King is lending his voice to the crime drama genre. Make no mistake, that's what this book is. It can be compared to Lee Child or James Lee Burke in content, but of course, handled masterfully, and uniquely by King. Is it sinister? Maybe. Horror or scary, no, not at all. But it's great.

Finders Keepers grabbed me right away. I love that about King. You don't have to wait three chapters for the action to start. He has a way of developing the characters through action, creating a fast-paced, hold-on-to-your-hat story.

There were a lot of twists and turns throughout the story that surprised me, which was great.
The way he connected this story to the first book in the trilogy was one of the twists for me and was super creative, I just loved it. He wove the familiar (characters from book one) with the new in a way that I've never experienced before.

The main characters Bellamy (bad guy) and Saubers (good kid) were well developed and totally believable. Their relationships were real, their response to what was happening was natural and believable. I bought it all. The writing was so smooth and so well done, I never once was pulled out of the story--it was totally engrossing.

The one criticism I have is that I felt like there wasn't enough of Bill Hodges. He was super interesting in book one and his character development didn't continue enough in this book. I wanted to reconnect with him and know him, and that didn't happen. To me, there was a little too much detail about Bellamy (bad guy) where there could have been a lot more about Hodges.

With that said though, the way the book ended left me hanging to the point where I will stalk Audible waiting for book 3, so maybe King told me just enough about Hodges to keep me coming back.

The ending of the book was really great and worthy of the rest of the story. Everything was just so natural and smooth, I'm running out of words to describe this book, I'll say it again, King is masterful.

Yes, I have a voice-crush on Will Patton. He can do no wrong and he was perfect here. Just perfect. People who read Finders Keepers instead of listen to it are missing out. It's better with Patton.

I highly recommend this book.

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  • Jacqueline
  • 08/06/2015

Loved Every Minute

The masterful reading by Will Patton made me want to start listening all over again after I finished. King's writing reminded me of his earlier novels--not horror, but sheer enjoyment all the way. The ending was the only time I got chills up my spine in this story--can't wait to see what happens in the next one.

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  • courtney
  • 05/06/2015

well written. kept my attention

story was well written. kept my attention from beginning to end. recommend as a good read.

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  • Eric
  • 15/03/2017

Good, but Mr. Mercedes was better

Decent book and followed Mr. Mercedes with many of the same characters, but Mr. Mercedes was much better.

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  • BikerJoe
  • 07/07/2015

Obsessive Readers and Multiple Murder

It is a great story, no doubt and Stephen King is a great story teller and he is probably unable to write a really bad story, but regardless of that, some parts of the book rubbed me the wrong way.
1. A lot of authors are tempted to talk about writing and the complex relationship between readers and authors. There is a lot of it in this book and I am not sure, whether this is something I want to read about lengthily.
2. John Rothstein, a fictitious author and murder victim is a central figure in this story. I cannot help it, but somehow Stephen King seems to refer to Salinger and his "The Catcher in the Rye", when he talks about John Rothstein and his Jimmy Gold books, but I don't get the message (if there is one).
3. Finders Keepers is a kind of sequel to "Mercedes" and we meet again with Bill Hodges, Holly Gibney, and Jerome Robinson. Unfortunately these characters appear very static in this story, no development, no conflicts, all warm coziness. The appearance of these 3 feels somehow wrong anyway. It is not their story and they don't belong there.
4. Why bring Brady Harstfeld, the heartless villain of "Mercedes" into this story? There is no real context and this short appearance at the end of the book with its psychic twist is out of place.

The book consists of 3 main parts:
Part 1: John Rothstein, the famous author of the Jimmy Gold Trilogy, who did not write another book in decades, gets murdered and robbed by Morris Bellamy and his friends. Morris is obsessed with the Jimmy Gold novels and does not forgive the author the ending of the series. He hides the booty, 20000 US$ and hundred plus notebooks of unpublished writings of Rothstein.
Part 2: Pete Saubers, a young boy finds the treasure and uses the money to help his family through the recession of 2008/2009. Miraculously he lives in the same house, where Morris grew up, even more astonishing, he is a Jimmy Gold fan as well. The real trouble starts for Pete, when he tries to sell the notebooks to pay for his sister's college.
Part 3: Enter Bill Hodges, Holly Gibney, and Jerome Robinson to save poor Pete.

Of course, the story telling is first class and for the most part the book is a real page turner. Pete's character, his relationship to his sister and parents is drawn with such detail and accuracy, it is a real pleasure to read, His anguish is touchable and you feel the tension physically. It is a good book after all.

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  • Watson
  • 29/12/2018

Absolut gleichwertiger 2. Teil der Trilogie

Dieser 2. Teil der Trilogie führt die Brillianz des 1. Teils nahtlos fort in einer ganz eigenen atemberaubend spannenden Geschichte , in der die liebenswerten und skurrilen Ermittlerfiguren aus Mr Mercedes wieder auftauchen. Überhaupt sind die Figuren unheimlich gut beschrieben, lebensnah, nachvollziehbar. Die Twists sibd überraschend und immer wieder überrascht mich King, wie Details aus frühen Kapiteln später an Bedeutung gewinnen. Der Roman beginnt langsam und nimmt zum Ende unglaublich an Fahrt auf. Diese Erzählweise wirkt fast cineastisch. Sogar daa Ende ist super. der 3. Teil ist ein Muss.
Will Patton erscheint mir der perfekte Sprecher für Kings Romane. Unbedingte Empfehlung.

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  • EHofmann
  • 16/07/2018

great for crime fans who enjoy intese characters

I enjoyed this book, though it took me a bit to get into it. I hadn't expected such a long backstory, though all of it turned out to be important. Bill Hodges took a bit of a backseat to the crazy fan setting out to at least rob, or at most kill his favorite author - now, where have King's readers heard that before? - and a boy finding something that's not really his to keep. The final third of the book brought it all together in the end. Am looking forward to the last part of the trilogy.

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  • Olga Geiling
  • 30/01/2018

Great book

Stephen King did not disappoint! Love the Hodges series. The narrator has a voice that I had to get used to but fitting for the genre.

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  • CJJB
  • 30/01/2016

Great read!

This is definitely a keeper. Great story, as we know and love from King. The mystery - instead of the horror - is what made me love the first book and he's not disappointed with the second. Good, good stuff.

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  • Ben
  • 19/06/2015

Fantastic

The second instalment was even better than the first. I am looking forward to what comes next.