The Colorado Kid - Stephen King

The Colorado Kid

By Stephen King

  • Release Date: 2005-10-04
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
4 Score: 4 (From 805 Ratings)


On an island off the coast of Maine, a man is found dead. There's no identification on the body. Only the dogged work of a pair of local newspapermen and a graduate student in forensics turns up any clues.
But that's just the beginning of the mystery. Because the more they learn about the man and the baffling circumstances of his death, the less they understand. Was it an impossible crime? Or something stranger still...?
No one but Stephen King could tell this story about the darkness at the heart of the unknown and our compulsion to investigate the unexplained. With echoes of Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon and the work of Graham Greene, one of the world's great storytellers presents a surprising tale that explores the nature of mystery itself...


  • Very weak tea from an espresso writer

    By vinnibob
    Disappointing in all aspects, this tepid performance fails to deliver anything interesting. I’m just stunned this was written by Mr. King, as if he was possessed by some demon that sapped him of his creative talent. I guess you can’t hit a homerun every time to the plate.
  • Waste of time

    By @states50
    I like Stephen King’s writing-usually- but ended up frustrated and disappointed. The story... first it isn’t a story, it two old men telling a story with no end. Very unsatisfactory. Only a guy like Stephen King, who sells a jillion books, could get away with this. No agent or editor would take this not-a-story and publish it.

    By CarolMO-1
    3.5 Stars. No horror here, but still a worthwhile read in my book! Stephen King states there will be no middle ground on this novel.....that readers will either hate it or love it. As for me, I really enjoyed it as well as discovering in the Afterward what motivated him to write what is depicted as a hard-case-crime mystery. I loved the two "old geezers" (as Mr. King calls them) that own the Weekly Islander newspaper on Moose-Lookit Island, and the way they quizzed and inspired their 22 year old summer intern Stephanie. As for the case of THE COLORADO KID itself, I whizzed right through the telling eager to find out what happened to the mysterious dead man with no identification, and.....was even fine with the ending. This one won't make my favorites shelf, but it held my attention throughout, and I do love the cover even though "she" is not how I envisioned Stephanie.
  • Willie

    By Slic Willi
    Another great read by King !!!!!!!
  • Colorado Kid

    By Bonimarci
    I had read that Stephen King didn't like this book, I understand why now. I love the Syfy series Haven I had to read the book it was based on. It was very disappointing.

    By Whahxuucodjsvdduxoxksbs
    Wow this book is awesome, and I can't believe that my favorite show (Haven) is based off of what is now my favorite book.
  • Mystery

    By Keric66
    Not sure what to think of this one. I wanted more. Seemed it just ended without finality but it will keep me wondering and thinking. That makes it a good book. As usual, the writing is excellent.
  • Crime Novel

    By JMelgar94
    I love that there isn't really a solution to the story, sorry for spoilers. It led me to question the book well after reading, and it crept into my mind throught the next few days. Wonderful characters as well!
  • Lacks an ending.

    By Yosemitejenna
    King spends the whole book setting up a mystery and then does not solve it. Leaves you wanting in the end, in a bad way.
  • Refund please

    By rtyuejhgdf
    The book was so disappointing that even King apologizes in the afterword. Had I read that first, I surely would not have wasted my limited time!