The Outsider (audiobook)

A Novel

Read by Will Patton
18.7 hrs • 15 CDs • Unabridged
Target Audience: Adult
Release Date: 05/22/18
Library CD Library Edition CD titles are packaged in an attractive, full-sized, durable vinyl case with full color art. Cloth Sleeves keep compact discs protected and in numerical order. 
- 05/22/18 9781508252214
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An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation. At a time when the King brand has never been stronger, he has delivered one of his most unsettling and compulsively readable stories.

An eleven-year-old boy’s violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King’s propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face? When the answer comes, it will shock you as only Stephen King can.

Review Quotes

“Narrator Will Patton turns this story into an audio blockbuster. Early on, Patton sounds like he’s reading a police procedural. He uses a terse, confident voice to portray Detective Ralph Anderson…When Holly Gibney, the troubled sidekick turned ace private investigator from Stephen King’s Bill Hodges Trilogy, enters the story, Patton gives her a halting speech pattern and falsetto voice. Holly’s unique sound and open-mindedness effectively contrast with the decent but sometimes hardheaded men surrounding her. King’s usual sprawling cast of characters is also present, and suffice it to say that Patton does them all justice. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


“There’s plenty of shadowy, wormy supernatural goings-on in Stephen King’s new novel The Outsider. Yet the most unsettling stuff—that which will leave you uncomfortable when you sit and devour this first-rate read—probes the monstrous side of human nature.”

USA Today

“In his latest mystery-horror hybridyou’re in for one hell of a ride.”

Washington Post

“An It for the Trump era.”

AV Club

“A juicy tale that plays at the forefront of our current phobias…[The Outsider] will remind readers of King’s early novel It.”

Kirkus Reviews

“What begins as a manhunt for an unlikely doppelgänger takes an uncanny turn into the supernatural. King’s skillful use of criminal forensics helps to ground his tale in a believable clinical reality where the horrors stand out in sharp relief.”

Publishers Weekly