The Outsider

15 CDs. 18:30 hrs. S. & S. Audio. May 2018. ISBN 9781508252214. $49.99. digital download. F
The skillfully rendered accents of Will Patton bring this dark whodunit to life with dramatic skill that nicely conveys mood and tone. King (Mr. Mercedes) combines a police procedural with elements of the supernatural. A young child has been brutally assaulted and murdered in Flint City, OK, and Det. Ralph Anderson is certain that the perpetrator is popular Little League coach and high school English teacher Terry Maitland. Anderson and several colleagues publicly arrest Maitland during a hotly contested baseball game. Then things start to unravel as Anderson learns that there is quite a bit of conflicting evidence. Several of Maitland's teacher colleagues can vouch that he was with them attending a convention at the time of the murder, which is further confirmed by video from a local news channel.
VERDICT Recommended for King's myriad fans and for those wanting a mystery that's a bit outside the ordinary. ["King's fans may be dispirited by this latest disappointing thriller; however, his name alone will ensure it flies off the shelves": LJ 4/1/18 review of the Scribner hc.]
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