Finders Keepers : Bill Hodges Trilogy

  • by Stephen King
  • Narrated by Will Patton
  • Series: Bill Hodges Trilogy
  • 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A masterful, intensely suspenseful novel about a reader whose obsession with a reclusive writer goes far too far - a book about the power of storytelling, starring the same trio of unlikely and winning heroes King introduced in Mr. Mercedes.
"Wake up, genius." So begins King's instantly riveting story about a vengeful reader. The genius is John Rothstein, an iconic author who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn't published a book for decades. Morris Bellamy is livid, not just because Rothstein has stopped providing books but because the nonconformist Jimmy Gold has sold out for a career in advertising. Morris kills Rothstein and empties his safe of cash, yes, but the real treasure is a trove of notebooks containing at least one more Gold novel.
Morris hides the money and the notebooks, and then he is locked away for another crime. Decades later a boy named Pete Saubers finds the treasure, and now it is Pete and his family that Bill Hodges, Holly Gibney, and Jerome Robinson must rescue from the ever-more deranged and vengeful Morris when he's released from prison after 35 years.
Not since Misery has King played with the notion of a reader whose obsession with a writer gets dangerous. Finders Keepers is spectacular, heart-pounding suspense, but it is also King writing about how literature shapes a life - for good, for bad, forever.


What the Critics Say

"Narrator Will Patton takes the best Stephen King novel in years and turns it into an audio masterpiece.... Listeners may double check to see how many narrators are performing this work. But it's just Patton, and he's more than enough." (AudioFile)


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King is Masterful

In this trilogy, King is lending his voice to the crime drama genre. Make no mistake, that's what this book is. It can be compared to Lee Child or James Lee Burke in content, but of course, handled masterfully, and uniquely by King. Is it sinister? Maybe. Horror or scary, no, not at all. But it's great.

Finders Keepers grabbed me right away. I love that about King. You don't have to wait three chapters for the action to start. He has a way of developing the characters through action, creating a fast-paced, hold-on-to-your-hat story.

There were a lot of twists and turns throughout the story that surprised me, which was great.
The way he connected this story to the first book in the trilogy was one of the twists for me and was super creative, I just loved it. He wove the familiar (characters from book one) with the new in a way that I've never experienced before.

The main characters Bellamy (bad guy) and Saubers (good kid) were well developed and totally believable. Their relationships were real, their response to what was happening was natural and believable. I bought it all. The writing was so smooth and so well done, I never once was pulled out of the story--it was totally engrossing.

The one criticism I have is that I felt like there wasn't enough of Bill Hodges. He was super interesting in book one and his character development didn't continue enough in this book. I wanted to reconnect with him and know him, and that didn't happen. To me, there was a little too much detail about Bellamy (bad guy) where there could have been a lot more about Hodges.

With that said though, the way the book ended left me hanging to the point where I will stalk Audible waiting for book 3, so maybe King told me just enough about Hodges to keep me coming back.

The ending of the book was really great and worthy of the rest of the story. Everything was just so natural and smooth, I'm running out of words to describe this book, I'll say it again, King is masterful.

Yes, I have a voice-crush on Will Patton. He can do no wrong and he was perfect here. Just perfect. People who read Finders Keepers instead of listen to it are missing out. It's better with Patton.

I highly recommend this book.

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- Marci

The Fat Lady Hasn't Sung Yet

Finders Keepers could be a decent stand alone read (in which case the background you'd miss would be insignificant and the foreshadowing would be irrelevant); the plot is okay and the writing never drags, BUT it is the middle of a trilogy which makes it difficult to evaluate. What a-ha moments are tucked into this mid-section; what brilliant tie-ins that might have us looking back from the final act? Without retrospection, FK is a bridge, and a rating is a bit of a hedged bet.

In Finders Keepers, King revisits the theme of Reading, Writing, and Fans, sans the horror element of the axe-wielding Annie Wilkes. The connections to Mr. Mercedes are whispers that at times portend some return to King's signature style of story telling with book number 3, and at other times seem little more than awkward paste-ins for the sake of connecting this bridge to a beginning and an end. What was missing for me in King's foray into the genre of crime thrillers, was the mystery and the thrill. The story was linear with some elements too coincidental to be reasonably acceptable. We know from the beginning the bad guy (Morris) wants the notebooks and the good guy (Pete) has them. The chase is on, and we know whom must survive to facilitate the finale.

King himself, in an interview you may have read in the NY Times, said about his Hodges trilogy: "The most difficult by far (at least for me) is the novel of mystery. “Mr. Mercedes,” “Finders Keepers” and the forthcoming “The Suicide Prince” — the Hodges trilogy — were extremely difficult. I just can’t fathom how people like Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, Peter Robinson and Ruth Rendell are able to do this in book after book." I appreciate that King dares to venture outside the box we fans sometimes want to confine him to, and that he shares it with us. While many loved this installment, it wasn't the nail-biter that I had hoped would propel me into The Suicide Prince. I suppose FK is a respectable crime thriller. King can hardly do wrong with his mad skills, but the more I read, the more I yearned for the Master of Horror to return to his kingdom. I thought this mid-section of the Hodges trilogy was just a little flabby and unspectacular.

Will Patton is, as usual, fantastic. He captures the killers voice so well that he traps you in this madman's head, you are relieved when Patton lets you out and switches to the gentle voice of young Pete, or the scruffy Detective Hodges. He nails it with each character, both here and in other books I've listened to him narrate.
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- Mel

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-02-2015
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio