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The Colorado Kid

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Copyright © 2005 by Stephen King
With admiration, for Dan J Marlowe,
author of The Name of the Game is Death:
Hardest of the hardboiled.
After deciding he would get nothing of interest from the two old men who comprised the entire staff of The Weekly Islander, the feature writer from the Boston Globe took a look at his watch, remarked that he could just make the one-thirty ferry back to the mainland if he hurried, thanked them for their time, dropped some money on the tablecloth, weighted it down with the salt shaker so the stiffish onshore breeze wouldn't blow it away, and hurried down the stone steps from the Grey Gull's patio dining area toward Bay Street and the little town below.
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And on the mound the little boy who had been pitching held his glove up to one of the bright circles which hung in the sky just below the clouds, as if to touch the mystery, and bring it close, and open its heart, and know its story.
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Added: 08-Jan-2023
Last Updated: 24-Jul-2023


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Cir 01-May-2019
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1)   16 Jul 2023 - 22 Jul 2023
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Charles Ardai - Editor
Mark Edward Geyer - Illustrator
Kate Kelton - Illustrator
Paul Mann  - Cover Artist
Paul Mann - Illustrator
Max Phillips - Design Direction
Mark Summers - Illustrator

On an island off the coast of Maine, a man is found dead.  There's no identification on the body.  Only the dogged work of a pair of local newspapermen and a graduate student in forensics turns up any clues, and it's more than a year before the man is identified.

And that's just the beginning of the mystery.  Because the more they learn about the man and the baffling circumstances of his death, the less they understand.  Was it an impossible crime?  Or something stranger still...?

No one but Stephen King could tell this story about the darkness at the heart of the unknown and our compulsion to investigate the unexplained.  With echoes of Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon and the work of Graham Greene, one of the world's great storytellers presents a moving and surprising tale whose subject is nothing less than the nature of mystery itself.

"Richly textured... one of [King's] best."

"A riveting tale."

"The ending comes as a most daring shock... I loved it."

Written for Hard Case Crime in 2005 and later the inspiration for the TV series Haven, THE COLORADO KID hasn't been available in stores for more than ten years.  This lavishly illustrated edition, featuring all-new art by Mark Edward Geyer, Kate Kelton, Paul Mann, and Mark Summers, brings Stephen King's most confounding mystery back for new readers to discover and old fans to explore as they've never seen it before.

HARD CASE CRIME brings you the best in hard-boiled crime fiction, from lost pulp classics to new work by today's most powerful writers, all in handsome and affordable editions.  The yellow ribbon represents your assurance of quality.
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First Hard Case Crime edition: May 2019

Canada: $17.50



Stephen King  
Birth: 21 Sep 1947 Portland, Maine, USA
Stephen Edwin King was born on September 21, 1947 in Portland Maine.  His parents were Donald Edwin and Ruth Pillsbury King.  Stephen King's father, Donald, went out for cigarettes and never came back.  In January 1959 Stephen King and David King, his brother, began publishing their own newspaper named Dave's Rag

Stephen King went to Lisbon High School in 1962.  In 1963 they he and a friend, Chris Chesley, published a 18 short stories called People, Places, and Things - Volume I.  Stephen King graduated from high school in 1966 and took a went on to the University of Maine.  During his first year at college he finished his first novel entitled The Long Walk.  He submitted the novel for publication but it was rejected.

Stephen King sold his first story The Glass Floor for $35.00.  Stephen King graduated from the University of Maine in June 1970 with a BA in English.  On January 2, 1971, Tabitha Jane Spruce and Stephen King were married.   later that same year Stephen King began teaching at Hampden Academy.

In January 1973, Stephen King submitted Carrie to Doubleday and in March, they bought the book.  Stephen King has had numerous short stories and novels published.  His books have been translated into 33 different languages and have been published in over 35 different countries.  He lives in Bangor, Maine with his wife Tabitha.


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