Saturday, June 13th, 2015

Noteworthy: John Rothstein’s Journals in Stephen King’s Finders Keepers


Finders Keepers

A masterful, intensely suspenseful novel about a reader whose obsession with a reclusive writer goes far too far – 

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on a tip that the author had never stopped writing, and that his safe contained dozens of personal journals filled with unpublished works.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…


1. King, Stephen (2015-06-02). Finders Keepers: A Novel (p. 30). Scribner. Kindle Edition.

6 thoughts on “Noteworthy: John Rothstein’s Journals in Stephen King’s Finders Keepers

  1. Creative, thought provoking, and entertaining describe the Hodges trilogy by S. King. What more does the avid reader require. Thx, Mr. King.

  2. Just on my second read after only just having read final book in trilogy, End of Watch and wanted to read them back to back. All just brilliànt as ever by the master storyteller.
    Love the way he ties everyone together over the three books all stemming from the first killing.
    So much background to the characters that you feel you really know them, the good, the bad and the sad. Despite all the detail they are still fast moving. Not read a bad one of his yet. Got to be one of the best thriller writers of our time cant wait for his next novel, hope its not too long a wait Mr. King!

  3. I am listening to the audio version right now. It starts off slow…as some King fiction can, but once the story gets going the suspense starts to build and I am finding it hard to turn it off when it’s time to do something else. I find it amusing that everyone is all abuzz about Harper Lee’s lost novel being released. This book has echos of that kind of occurance…and what someone would do if they were to possess the last writings of a legend.

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