Roadwork

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What happens when one good-and-angry man fights back is murder—and then some….

Bart Dawes is standing in the way of progress. A new highway extension is being built right over the laundry plant where he works—and right over his home. The house he has lived in for twenty years…where he has made love with his wife…played with his son….  But before the city paves over that part of Dawes’ life, he’s got one more party to throw—and it’ll be a ...

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Overview

What happens when one good-and-angry man fights back is murder—and then some….

Bart Dawes is standing in the way of progress. A new highway extension is being built right over the laundry plant where he works—and right over his home. The house he has lived in for twenty years…where he has made love with his wife…played with his son….  But before the city paves over that part of Dawes’ life, he’s got one more party to throw—and it’ll be a blast….

With an Introduction by the Author, “The Importance of Being Bachman”

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“Under any name King mesmerizes the reader.”—Chicago Sun-Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451197870
  • Publisher: Signet
  • Publication date: 6/28/1999
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 120,382
  • Product dimensions: 4.24 (w) x 6.72 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen King lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. He has written more than forty books and two hundred short stories. He has won the World Fantasy Award, several Bram Stoker awards, and the O. Henry Award for his story “The Man in the Black Suit,” and is the 2003 recipient of The National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Richard Bachman
      Stephen A. King
      Stephen Edwin King
    2. Hometown:
      Bangor, Maine
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 21, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Portland, Maine
    1. Education:
      B.S., University of Maine at Orono, 1970
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2011

    Outstanding Early King

    ROADWORK is a brilliant psychological portrait of a man decending into madness as he loses, bit by bit, everything that held his life together and gave it meaning. ROADWORK may not have any of the supernatural pyrotechnics found in Mr. King's more famous and popular work, but it is a penetrating portrait of a man stuggling to cope with unbearable loss. I did find it to be both suspenseful and compelling despite not being a traditional "horror" novel. The events that unfold are horrific, and the end is as dark as anything Mr. King has written. I enjoyed ROADWORK the most among the early "Bachman books," although they are all excellent and well-worth reading (The Long Walk, The Running Man, and Rage).

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2011

    Probably not the best bachman book to start out with...

    This is the first of the so called "Bachman Books" I've read and it was very good but not as good as i'd hoped. let me first start off that the characters have much more depth than the usual stephen king book (which is a lot considering how much character depth stephen king puts in his books). I give the characters a 5 definently. the problem with the book is that it can simply get boring and become a chore to read in some spots. it starts out well and then it fizzles out in the middle and picks up again right when he meets olivia. so basically the middle is just a man in a laundry company angry at the highway department but he doesn't do anything about it until the end of the book. that's another thing about the book. the ending took so long to build up to and it seemed to go way to quickly and left me a little angry there wasn't more carnage. It is like stephen king was taking his good sweet time with the middle writing more boring mundane details and at he end he was rushing to get it done and leaving out some of the stuff we love so much about stephen king. now that may seem like a lot of negative but here comes the positive. the characters are splendid as I said, when there is action it's very fast paced, you get a sense like this could actually happen because it's so realistic,you start to feel sorry for Bart because he's been dealt all the wrong cards. that's the mark of a good book if you feel sorry for the characters. I was almost in tears when he was talking about his son charlie dying of a brain tumor. those few pages in the book really did it for me. So even though this isn't definently his best I'm still not put off trying more bachman books.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 25, 2011

    good book

    not one of his best but still good

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2007

    A reviewer

    I enjoy Stephen King books, this is the only book by Mr. King that I had to force myself to finish reading. I had put this book down at one point and about a month later I forced myslef to pick it back up finish it. Most novels by Mr. King I will read again and again but this one I will never read again.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2006

    Great work even though its not the usual King

    It's a great read because the main character has had it with the government taking his house and property for a new highway being build. Now he is taking things into his own hands and his ability to make the right decisions are fading quickly due to that one event. This book shows what one might like to do if you could get away with sticking it to the government. No one would never get away with it but it feels good to let go once in a while. And I think people who do not like this book might not because its a different kind of story line, its not the usual King, not horror but fighting the 'inner voice' telling you not to care anymore, which we all experience, and sometimes we lose the battle. Nonetheless, I can see this as a movie staring Mel Gibson, Bruce Willis, or Sly during First Blood. Check it out sometime with an open mind and you will like it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2003

    not his best but good

    i liked it wasnt great but it was good it builds up until the end and then the end is incredible, i like reading about crazy people cause im crazy

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2014

    Zsaewr 70s style!

    Waca awwer merry go round in the 70s mixed with groovey colors and rockin music. It evolved to todays lame uncool rock music. I wish i was born in the early 70s and made it to todays music! Ice Cold Cherry soda bopin you up crazy! Grape soda climbing its way up on a summer day! Coke the ol fashon way! Sizzleing at the bbq wearing my tiedy tshirt and a neon green skirt now thats what im talkin about!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2013

    Zongiji ermagherd this is api Ppoopppp

    Meow

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2013

    Worth the money

    Good story about a man going insane

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  • Posted November 15, 2012

    Lets just be honest here, (regardlesss if your a huge King fan o

    Lets just be honest here, (regardlesss if your a huge King fan or not) besides the fact that it was well-written, it was very uncreative and dull. A big waste of time. If your gonna write a pointless waste of time like this, atleast do it as a hobby, dont try to make money off of it and if you are going to sell it to people knowing it's bad (which you did) atleast be considerate and make it no more then 200 pages. If tis wasn't a work of King, you would all be alot more honest. And I know how King fans are, they're very protective of him and get mad when they hear critical reviews like mine but I dont care about you, I'm talking to the people who are thinking about buying this garbage. Hope this helps...
    Other recommendations for great Stephen King novels: *The Dead Zone, *Misery, *Black House, *The Eyes of the Dragon, Bag of Bones, Salems Lot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2012

    good read

    *classic Bachman*

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 6, 2012

    Good read

    Stephen King never disappoints

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

    Roadwork by Stephen King

    Roadwork is a compelling story that demonstrates the potential impact the government can have on people's lives and shows that some of us are less resilient to its reach than others. We watch as a man forces his life into total disintegration, triggered by the loss of his home and place of business to eminent domain. The news of a highway being built, requiring residents and business owners to relocate, challenges a man to face more change after the death of his son. The usurpation of what is left of stability becomes more and more unstable as the reader observes a catastrophic downward spiral to an unsettling climax.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2008

    Not a Favorite King Novel

    This is the only King novel that I really did not like. It's just not what I expect from him. It's good writing, but a not-so-hot story. I had to force myself to finish this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2006

    Maybe Someday

    Maybe someday I'll be so bored in my reading life that I will either start over or continue where I left off in this dragging and utterly boring novel. The synopsis makes me think of this as an suspenseful, action-packed and exciting book.That is most certainly a false assumption I made. I'm almost--or rather was almost halfway through this book and still the antagonist or soon to be one known as Bart Dawes has not even picked up a gun to get revenge on the folks who are planning on building a highway extension over his home!! The book has dragged on, I suppose setting up for the all-famous climax at the end, but I like the action in books to begin more earlier and often. Maybe I'll pick it up as I said before and re-read or continue where I left off and I'll give the ending five stars, but I'll tell you right now: the core of the book will still stink no matter what I think if I finish it someday. All I know is that a sign of a bad book is when the reader a.k.a YOU is too bored to continue the book until perhaps another time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2003

    not king's best work.

    the book drags a little. the main character has some mental issues. he's sort of pathetic actually. the end is the best part of the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2002

    A great Bachman book!

    Although I don't find this book to be the most enjoyable of the bachman books, I certainly do recomend it. It doesn't seem to be as morbid as some of the works from Stephen King's pseudomym, but an interesting novel nonetheless.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2002

    Very Impressive writing!

    Excellent book, King writes quick and to the point when it comes to major conflicts in the reading. There are many to enjoy. Definitely a recommendable book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2002

    Great Read!!

    Although this book starts kinda slow once you get going it is impossible to put down. It is one of King's best books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2000

    Stephen King's WORST Novel

    I was extremely disappionted with this novel. The plot is very weak and the story drags on. The ending is the only part of the book worth reading, and even that was pretty bad.

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