The Dark Half

The Dark Half

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by Stephen King, Linesch
     
 

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How do you kill something that was never born…

Thad Beaumont would like to say he is innocent.

He’d like to say he has nothing to do with the series of monstrous murders that keep coming closer to his home.

He’d like to say he has nothing to do with the twisted imagination that produced his bestselling novels.

He’d like to

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Overview

How do you kill something that was never born…

Thad Beaumont would like to say he is innocent.

He’d like to say he has nothing to do with the series of monstrous murders that keep coming closer to his home.

He’d like to say he has nothing to do with the twisted imagination that produced his bestselling novels.

He’d like to say he has nothing to do with the voice on the phone uttering its obscene threats and demanding total surrender.

But how can Thad disown the ultimate embodiment of evil that goes by the name he gave it—and signs its crimes with Thad’s bloody fingerprints?

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“A chiller.”—The New York Times Book Review

“A knockout thriller…brilliant, compelling…grips you by the throat.”—The Flint Journal

“Compelling…King makes you believe.”—The Palm Beach Post

“King is just so good, the pages turn and you’re snared by his web.”—The Baton Rouge Advocate

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The protagonist of King's top-notch new novel is literary novelist Thad Beaumont, whose greatest success has come with three gory thrillers written under the pseudonym George Stark. (King himself wrote five novels under the pseudonym Richard Bachman.) When a blackmailer threatens to reveal Stark's identity (planning his scheme, he finds a new use for PW 's ``People'' page), Beaumont and his literary agent decide to foil the plan and capitalize on Stark's ``demise.'' But Stark, who of course was never alive, will not stay dead either. Beaumont's alter ego (for Stark is obviously more than just a pen name) seeks revenge against all those involved in killing him off, and his murderous rampage, gory and gripping, systematically reduces the ranks of his enemies to Thad, his wife and two children. Stark's aim--to force Beaumont to write another Stark novel--is basically a variation on King's Misery , in which a deranged fan held a writer captive until he wrote another novel featuring the heroine whose life he had terminated in his previous book. But this new King thriller is so wondrously frightening that mesmerized readers won't be able fault the master for reusing a premise that puts both Misery and The Dark Half among the best of his voluminous work. 1,500,000 first printing; $500,000 ad/promo; BOMC main selection. (Nov)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451167316
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/1990
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
496
Sales rank:
158,425
Product dimensions:
6.86(w) x 4.14(h) x 1.33(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
“A chiller.”—The New York Times Book Review

“A knockout thriller…brilliant, compelling…grips you by the throat.”—The Flint Journal

“Compelling…King makes you believe.”—The Palm Beach Post

“King is just so good, the pages turn and you’re snared by his web.”—The Baton Rouge Advocate

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