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Author
Stephen King.
Publisher Scribner  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.4 x 1.25 inches
ISBN 9781439192566
Pages/Publication Date 368/2010
Daedalus Item Code 21332
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"I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger," writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that constitutes "1922," the first in this pitch-black quartet of tales from Stephen King. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife Arlette proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness. In "Big Driver," a cozy mystery writer named Tess encounters the stranger along a back road in Massachusetts; violated and left for dead, Tess plots a revenge that will reveal the stranger inside herself. "Fair Extension," perhaps the nastiest and certainly the funniest tale here, follows Dave Streeter as he makes a deal with a stranger, at once saving himself from a fatal cancer and also providing rich recompense for a lifetime of resentment. And pity poor Darcy Anderson, who stumbles upon a box in the garage that reveals the stranger inside her husband—a horrifying discovery, rendered with bristling intensity, that puts an end to "A Good Marriage."

"King begins his afterword by stating, 'The stories in this book are harsh.' The man ain't whistlin' Dixie. Returning to the novella—possibly his brightest canvas—King provides four raw looks at the limits of greed, revenge, and self-deception. The first, '1922,' is an outright masterpiece and takes the form of the written confession of one Wilf James. Back in 1922, see, Wilf killed his wife to prevent her selling off part of the farm, but tossing her corpse down the well didn't exactly stop her. It's Poe meets Creepshow by way of Steinbeck and carries the bleak, nearly romantic doom of an old folk ballad about murderin' done wrong.... Rarely has King gone this dark, but to say there are no stars here is crazy. High-Demand Backstory: King has gone on record saying he believes that American readers should pay more attention to the virtues of short fiction; and if anyone can get reluctant short-story and novella readers into the swing, he certainly can with this book."—Booklist (starred review)

 
 
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