A masterful, intensely suspenseful novel about a reader whose obsession with a reclusive writer goes far too far – StephenKing.com
In bestselling author Stephen King’s latest novel Finders Keepers, John Rothstein is an iconic and reclusive author who is murdered and robbed by Morris Bellamy- “a college dropout and self-professed American lit scholar” who according to his friends, also happens to be Rothstein’s “number one fan.”
Bellamy commits the crime because he is livid that Rothstein had “sold out” Jimmy Gold, his favorite fictional character in the third and final book of a bestselling series.
Though Rothstein hadn’t published a book in close to 20 years, Bellamy acts on a tip that the author had never stopped writing, and that his safe contained dozens of personal journals filled with unpublished works. Flipping through one notebook at random, Morris’s eyes fall upon:
—wasn’t sure why it mattered to him and why he couldn’t sleep as the empty boxcar of this late freight bore him on through rural oblivion toward Kansas City and the sleeping country beyond, the full belly of America resting beneath its customary comforter of night, yet Jimmy’s thoughts persisted in turning back to—
Morris thinks, Jimmy Gold! Headed west, in a boxcar! Rothstein hadn’t been done with him, after all! (1)
To throw the police off his trail, Bellamy quickly murders his two accomplices and buries the journals in a plastic lined second hand trunk under a hollowed out tree behind his mother’s house, then promptly gets arrested and receives a life sentence for a completely unrelated crime.
Decades later, a young boy named Pete Saubers discovers and takes the journals, and then, Morris Bellamy is released from prison…