THE DAYS TO COME | Kirkus Reviews


Stephen King


RELEASE DATE: Aug. 3, 2021

The ever respected King moves from his hallmark scary into the world of the hard-boiled noir thriller.

“He’s not a normal person. He’s a hired assassin, and if he doesn’t think like who and what he is, he’ll never get clear.” So composes King of his title character, whom the Las Vegas mob has actually generated to wipe off another worked with weapon who’s been captured and is most likely to talk. Billy, who passes a number of names, is an intricate male, a Marine veteran of the Iraq War who’s seen pals blown to pieces; he’s possibly numbed by PTSD, however he’s goal-oriented. He’s likewise a reader—Zola’s unique Thérèse Raquin figures as a MacGuffin—which sets his company’s wheels spinning: If a reader, then why not have him pretend he’s an author while he’s awaiting the best minute to make his hit? It wouldn’t be the very first author, genuine or pictured, King has actually pushed into service, and if Billy is no Jack Torrance, there’s a beautiful, subtle tip of the Overlook Hotel and its spectral residents at the end of the yarn. It’s no spoiler to state that whereas Billy performs the struck with grim accuracy, things go squirrelly, made complex by his rescue of a girl—Alice—after she’s been roofied and raped. Billy’s vengeance on her behalf is less than sweet. As a narrative grows in his laptop computer, Billy ends up being more positive as an author: “He doesn’t know what anyone else might think, but Billy thinks it’s good,” King composes of one day’s output. “And good that it’s awful, because awful is sometimes the truth. He guesses he really is a writer now, because that’s a writer’s thought.” Billy’s art ends up being life as Alice starts to take a significantly fundamental part in it, crisscrossing the nation with him to perform a last hit on an errant bad person: “He flopped back on the sofa, kicked once, and fell on the floor. His days of raping children and murdering sons and God knew what else were over.” That story within a story has a good twist, and Billy’s damaged copy of Zola’s book plays a part, too.

Murder most nasty and chaos most amusing. Another worthwhile page-turner from a protean master.

Pub Date: Aug. 3, 2021

ISBN: 978-1-982173-61-6

Page Count: 528

Publisher: Scribner

Review Posted Online: June 2, 2021

Synesy Reviews Issue: June 15, 2021

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