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Thinner

Thinner

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by Stephen King
     
 

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Curse of the Old Gypsy Man…

Billy Halleck, good husband, loving father, is both beneficiary and victim of the American Good Life: he has an expensive home, a nice family, and a rewarding career as a lawyer. But he is also fifty pounds overweight and, as his doctor keeps reminding him, heading into heart attack country.

Then, in a moment of

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Curse of the Old Gypsy Man…

Billy Halleck, good husband, loving father, is both beneficiary and victim of the American Good Life: he has an expensive home, a nice family, and a rewarding career as a lawyer. But he is also fifty pounds overweight and, as his doctor keeps reminding him, heading into heart attack country.

Then, in a moment of carelessness, Billy sideswipes an old gypsy woman as she is crossing the street—and her ancient father passes a bizarre and terrible judgment on him.

“Thinner,” the old gypsy man whispers, and caresses his cheeks like a lover. Just one word…but six weeks later and ninety-three pounds lighter, Billy Halleck is more than worried. He’s terrified. And desperate enough for one last gamble…that will lead him to a nightmare showdown with the forces of evil melting his flesh away.

Editorial Reviews

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“Undeniable suspense.”—The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Pulsating with evil…will have you on the edge of your seat.”—Publishers Weekly

“Genuine chills.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Superbly crafted…extraordinary.”—Booklist

Christopher Lehmann-Haupt
''Thinner'' is very bad. It is not just bad because it overindulges Mr. King's mannerisms of employing brand-name and vernacular cliches. It is also bad because its story about a Connecticut lawyer forced by a gypsy's curse to lose weight endlessly is sloppily plotted and morally confused. . . . He has the instinct and the style and the God-given ability to tell a story. If he would only rid himself of the gimmicks - if he would only stop reaching for effects and take his instincts seriously - he could perhaps be considerably more than simply a certain type of writer. -- New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451161345
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/1985
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
172,552
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 11.02(h) x 0.87(d)
Lexile:
820L (what's this?)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
“Undeniable suspense.”—The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Pulsating with evil…will have you on the edge of your seat.”—Publishers Weekly

“Genuine chills.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Superbly crafted…extraordinary.”—Booklist

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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Also Known As:
Stephen A. KingStephen Edwin KingRichard BachmanDJ KniggeD'NashMark Odom HatfieldHope & RyanImre ZamboCraig JenkinsOrchestra barocca Cappella della Pietà de' TurchiniOrchestra Barocca Cappella della Pietà de' TurchiniTim KochRobert William Arthur CookDerek RaymondScott B.Scott BradshawPamela RodriguezMúsica Movimento MagiaMarquisa GardnerThe FlamingosPatrick Dominic QuinnJacky Aru

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