When an eleven-year-old boy is found murdered in a town park, reliable eyewitnesses undeniably point to the town's popular Little League coach, Terry Maitland, as the culprit. DNA evidence and fingerprints confirm the crime was committed by this well-loved family man.
Horrified by the brutal killing, Detective Ralph Anderson, whose own son was once coached by Maitland, orders the suspect to be arrested in a public spectacle. But Maitland has an alibi. And further research confirms he was indeed out of town that day.
As Anderson and the District Attorney trace the clues, the investigation expands from Ohio to Texas. And as horrifying answers begin to emerge, so King's propulsive story of almost unbearable suspense kicks into high gear.
Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy but there is one rock-hard fact, as unassailable as gravity: a man cannot be in two places at the same time. Can he?
Stephen King is the author of more than sixty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His first crime thriller featuring Bill Hodges, MR MERC EDES, won the Edgar Award for best novel and was shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger Award. THE OUTSIDER, END OF WATCH and MR MERCEDES all received the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Mystery and Thriller.
Many of King's books have been turned into celebrated films and television series including It, The Shawshank Redemption, Gerald's Game and Pet Sematary.
King was the recipient of America's prestigious 2014 National Medal of Arts and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for distinguished contribution to American Letters. In 2007 he also won the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. He lives with his wife Tabitha King in Maine.
This chilling novel starts as a police procedural before morphing into the sort of supernatural thriller King is best known for . . . there is violence simmering below the surface of this tightly plotted yarn. * Daily Mirror * Mixing up genres and multiplying the surprises, The Outsider did keep me in suspense and I think that it is a really great King! * Club.StephenKing * This is one of those books where you find yourself rationing the number of pages you read each night to eke it out. A very good read indeed * The Afterword.co.uk * The Outsider is a crime masterpiece * Belfast Telegraph * So shout it from the rooftops: This new take on the old conundrum of how a man can be in two places at once is sensationally good * Sunday Express * Compulsive entertainment * Mail on Sunday * King pulls back the layers of the everyday to show just how dangerous and threatening the ordinary world we live in case be * Independent * King is arguably as much an American icon as the '68 Fastback or a classic red and white Plymouth Fury. All of these glories are on full display in his latest mystery-horror hybrid...you're in for one hell of a ride' -- Karin Slaughter * The Washington Post * This police procedural morphs into a gripping, chilling supernatural thriller * Daily Record * King's blend of supernatural crime makes for a taut, clever read that will keep you guessing until the end * The Sun * If you read only one thriller this summer, make it this one * Daily Mail * Nerve-shreddingly brilliant * Daily Express * A crime masterpiece that has you gripped throughout * Dublin Evening Echo * The Outsider gives King fans exactly what they want at the same time as cramming in new ideas, proving the least surprising thing of all: that his novels are as strong as they ever were * Guardian *