From: Kevin Burton Smith ( kvnsmith@thrillingdetective.com)
Date: 12 Nov 2005

Duane wrote:

> I read THE COLORADO KID this past weekend. I'm sure it
> will sell bunches of copies, about which I'm pleased
> for Hard Case Crime books, but I wish this outing for
> the imprint by King had been a bit tighter story. I'm
> not really bothered by the ending, but King doesn't
> seem to be at his best form in this one, I'm sorry to
> say.

I'm not sure it was that loose. Granted, it's not the hard-boiled/noir story I was hoping for (and which I still keep hoping King will unleash on us one of these days), but I fell right into his narrative trap, and really got into the characters and story. It reminded me at times of one of John D. MacDonald's non-crime tales.

The problem for me was that at a certain point, the actual physical book itself gave away the ending -- or lack of ending. With only so many pages left, I realized what King was going to do -- and he did it. Which considerably weakened the sucker punch "surprise." But short of publishing fifty or so extra fake pages to mislead readers, I'm not sure how HardCrime could have done it.

Sort of like, you know if the suspect is guilty or not on LAW AND ORDER by what point in the show he's arrested. If it's too early, he's almost always innocent. And if, in the trial portion of the show, the suspect still looks like his goose is cooked before the last station break, it's a pretty good bet he'll skate.


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