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Publisher's Summary

A fellow named Richard Bachman wrote Blaze in 1973 on an Olivetti typewriter, then turned the machine over to Stephen King, who used it to write Carrie. Bachman died in 1985 (from "cancer of the pseudonym"), but in late 2006, King found the original typescript of Blaze among his papers at the University of Maine's Fogler Library ("How did this get here?!") and decided that, with a little revision, it ought to be published. Blaze is the story of Clayton Blaisdell, Jr., and of the crimes committed against him and the crimes he commits, including his last, the kidnapping of a baby heir worth millions. Blaze has been a slow thinker since childhood, when his father threw him down the stairs and then threw him down again. After escaping an abusive institution for boys when he was a teenager, Blaze hooks up with George, a seasoned criminal who thinks he has all the answers. But then George is killed, and Blaze, though haunted by his partner, is on his own.
He becomes one of the most sympathetic criminals in all of literature. This is a crime story of surprising strength and sadness, with a suspenseful current sustained by the classic workings of fate and character, as taut and riveting as Stephen King's The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon.
©2007 Stephen King (P)2007 Simon and Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.
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Critic Reviews

"This diverting soft-boiled crime novel reflects influences ranging from John Steinbeck to James M. Cain." ( Publishers Weekly)
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2 out of 5 stars
By Jim "The Impatient" on 05-17-17

MENTAL MASTURBATION

OF MICE AND MEN
King wrote this when he was 25. He wrote it before CARRIE. He thought it was bad and threw it in a trunk, so he calls it a trunk book. He never even submitted it to be published. Recently he brought it out, updated it, thought it was bad still, and then convinced himself it was good. I did not care for it. I did not like the similarities to OF MICE AND MEN,and I found it boring for the most part. I did enjoy it when they went back in time and showed us Blaze's childhood. I found the talking to a dead guy, to be annoying and my mind kept wondering through the rest of the book. I also recognized the childhood part, as I believe King has reprinted that in one of his collections or somebodies collection.

Pass on this

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5 out of 5 stars
By Randall on 04-25-09

Good story

I like reading anything by King. Whenever he writes under the name Richard Bachman you know its going to be a classic.

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