Billy Summers (Stephen King)

Another excellent book from the master… here’s my review from Goodreads:

Billy SummersBilly Summers by Stephen King
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It’s no secret that Stephen King greatly disliked Kubrick’s film version of The Shining.
And, with all the reviews now out about this book, it’s also no secret that he tips his hat to the Overlook Hotel in this novel.
It was with a wide smile that I read how he incorporated an aspect of the Overlook that was *not* used at all in Kubrick’s film.
Well played, Uncle Steve!
Billy Summers is a crime novel. There are no clowns in sewer drains here. The only monsters are the ones that look like us, the ones that we read about in the news sometimes. The ones that are often worse than anything lurking in the mists.
This is a very good book, and King brings his masterful skill at characterization to full strength with Billy, the morality he’s committed to, and the tenuous relationship he develops with the young victim of a horrible crime that he rescues. Is the bad guy who eliminates the truly bad guys still a bad guy once he’s cast in the role of a guardian angel? And how does he manage to balance all that while also trying to get out of a seriously bad position his last job has put him into?
Once you read the book, you’ll get to know all that, and much more. So, if I were you, I’d stop reading this and get onto reading the book instead!
You can thank me later.

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