Thursday, 19 December 2013

New Stephen King Novel

Stephen King's next novel has been announced on the Hodder & Staughton website, due for release on 3rd June 2014 (UK date). You can view the official announcement at this link: A major new novel from Stephen King, or read on after the cover image to see the official synopsis.

Official Cover Art from stephenking.com


The official synopsis from Stephen King's website:
In a mega-stakes, high-suspense race against time, three of the most unlikely and winning heroes Stephen King has ever created try to stop a lone killer from blowing up thousands.
In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes.
In another part of town, months later, a retired cop named Bill Hodges is still haunted by the unsolved crime. When he gets a crazed letter from someone who self-identifies as the “perk” and threatens an even more diabolical attack, Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, hell-bent on preventing another tragedy.
Brady Hartfield lives with his alcoholic mother in the house where he was born. He loved the feel of death under the wheels of the Mercedes, and he wants that rush again. Only Bill Hodges, with a couple of highly unlikely allies, can apprehend the killer before he strikes again. And they have no time to lose, because Brady’s next mission, if it succeeds, will kill or maim thousands.
Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.
In related news, they're trumpeting over on King's page that Under the Dome was the #1 trending TV show on the 2013 Google Zeitgeist List. Much as I enjoyed the show, I gotta say in a year when Breaking Bad finished and we were treated to the Red Wedding episode of Game of Thrones, this comes as a bit of a shock. But these figures represent "Search topics with the largest increase in search volume since the previous period", so I guess it kind of makes sense.