Here’s the Plot of Stephen King’s New Book, ‘The Outsider’

Posted on October 19, 2017 by

We have some exciting information about the new Stephen King book! Earlier this year, the prolific author announced he was working on a new book called The Outsiderrevealing nothing except that it would be released in 2018. Fans have been speculating whether it might be a new book in the Mr. Mercedes series or perhaps a return to his horror roots. With a title like The Outsider, it was anyone’s guess. King’s publisher has now released a plot description for The Outsider, and we have some details to pique our interest!

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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.

It sounds as if King’s new book will be a mix of mystery and horror, similar to End of Watch, the third book in the Mr. Mercedes detective trilogy. Despite the new setting of Flint City, it remains to be seen if The Outsider will be a continuation of that series. Rumors around the new book hint at the return of a “familiar character,” and fans are discussing whether it might be Holly Gibney, sidekick to Bill Hodges in the detective series.

While we wait for more information about The Outsider, fans have had no shortage of new projects to get excited about this year. Most recently, there was King’s collaboration with his son Owen on the novel Sleeping Beauties, as well as the announcement that there will be a second season of the creepy Mr. Mercedes series on DirecTV’s AT&T Audience Network. Not to mention the Netflix adaptations of Gerald’s Game and the novella 1922 from his collection, Full Dark, No Stars. And those are the highlights of just the past month!

The master of horror — and his Constant Readers — are having a great year. Though he turned 70 last month, King shows no signs of slowing down, which means 2018 is sure to be another amazing year in the King multiverse!

The Outsider will be released on June 5, 2018.

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