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Holly Gibney:

A spin-off from the Bill Hodges series by Stephen King featuring Holly Gobney introduced in Mr Mercedes.
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1 2018 2018 (1) The Outsider
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An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation. At a time when the King brand has never been stronger, he has delivered one of his most unsettling and compulsively listenable stories.

An 11-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King's propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face? When the answer comes, it will shock you as only Stephen King can.
2 2020 2022 (1.5) If It Bleeds
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Number one New York Times best seller

From the legendary storyteller and master of short fiction Stephen King comes an extraordinary collection of four new "exceptionally compelling novellas that reaffirm [King’s] mastery of the form" (The Washington Post).

Readers adore Stephen King’s novels, and his novellas are their own dark treat, briefer but just as impactful and enduring as his longer fiction. Many of his novellas have been made into iconic films, including The Body (Stand by Me) and Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption (Shawshank Redemption).

Four brilliant new tales in If It Bleeds are sure to prove as iconic as their predecessors. Once again, King’s remarkable range is on full display. In the title story, fan-favorite Holly Gibney (from the Mr. Mercedes trilogy and The Outsider) must face her fears and possibly another outsider - this time on her own. In Mr. Harrigan’s Phone an intergenerational friendship has a disturbing afterlife. The Life of Chuck explores, beautifully, how each of us contains multitudes. And in Rat, a struggling writer must contend with the darker side of ambition.

If these novellas show King’s range, they also prove that certain themes endure. One of King’s great concerns is evil, and in If It Bleeds, there’s plenty of it. There is also evil’s opposite, which in King’s fiction often manifests as friendship. Holly is reminded that friendship is not only life-affirming but can be life-saving. Young Craig befriends Mr. Harrigan, and the sweetness of this late-in-life connection is its own reward.

"Exactly what I wanted to read right now," said Ruth Franklin in a rave on the cover of The New York Times Book Review. "Phenomenal," said Brian Truitt in USA Today. "King still owns the fright business like none other.”"
3 2023 2023 (2) Holly
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Holly Gibney, one of Stephen King's most compelling and ingeniously resourceful characters, returns in this thrilling novel to solve the gruesome truth behind multiple disappearances in a midwestern town.
"Sometimes the universe throws you a rope."

Stephen King's Holly marks the triumphant return of beloved King character Holly Gibney.  Listeners have witnessed Holly's gradual transformation from a shy (but also brave and ethical) recluse in Mr. Mercedes to Bill Hodge's partner in Finders Keepers to a full-fledged, smart, and occasionally tough private detective in The Outsider.  In King's new novel, Holly is on her own, and up against a pair of unimaginably depraved and brilliantly disguised adversaries.

When Penny Dahl calls the Finders Keepers detective agency, hoping For help locating her missing daughter, Holly is reluctant to accept the case.  Her partner, Pete, has Covid.  Her (very complicated) mother has just died.  And Holly is meant to be on leave.  But something in Penny Dahl's desperate voice makes it impossible for Holly to turn her down.

Mere blocks from where Bonnie Dahl disappeared live Professors Rodney and Emily Harris.  They are the picture of bourgeois respectability: married octogenarians, devoted to each other, and semiretired lifelong academics.  But they are harboring an unholy secret in the basement of their well-kept, book-lined home, one that may be related to Bonnie's disappearance.  And it will prove nearly impossible to discover what they are up to: they are savvy, they are patient, and they are ruthless.

Holly must summon all her formidable talents to outthink and outmaneuver the shockingly twisted professors in this chilling new masterwork from Stephen King.

STEPHEN KING is the author of more than sixty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers.  His recent work includes Fairy Tale, Billy Summers, If It Bleeds, The Institute, Elevation, The Outsider, Sleeping Beauties (co-written with his son Owen King), and the Bill Hodges trilogy: End of Watch, Finders Keepers, and Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel and a television series streaming on Peacock).  His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by the New York Times Book Review.  He is the recipient of the 2018 PEN America Literary Service Award, the 2014 National Medal of Arts, and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.  He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

JUSTINE LUPE starred in the HBO award-winning series Succession, the Netflix film Luckiest Girl Alive, Noah Baumbach's Frances Ho, and David Chas's Not Fade Away.  She was a series regular on Mr. Mercedes and appeared for years on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.  Theater roles include the Philip Seymour Hoffman-directed drama A Family for All Occasions at the Bank Street Theater and Empothitrox at HERE Arts Center.  Justine is the co-creator and star of the Adult Swim Smalls micro series The Non-Essentials.  She is a graduate of The Julliard School.

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