When an eleven-year-old boy is found murdered in a town park, reliable eyewitnesses undeniably point to the town's popular Little League coach, Terry Maitland, as the culprit. DNA evidence and fingerprints confirm the crime was committed by this well-loved family man.
Horrified by the brutal killing, Detective Ralph Anderson, whose own son was once coached by Maitland, orders the suspect to be arrested in a public spectacle. But Maitland has an alibi. And further research confirms he was indeed out of town that day.
As Anderson and the District Attorney trace the clues, the investigation expands from Ohio to Texas. And as horrifying answers begin to emerge, so King's propulsive story of almost unbearable suspense kicks into high gear.
Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy but there is one rock-hard fact, as unassailable as gravity: a man cannot be in two places at the same time. Can he?
Stephen King is the author of more than sixty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His first crime thriller featuring Bill Hodges, MR MERC EDES, won the Edgar Award for best novel and was shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger Award. THE OUTSIDER, END OF WATCH and MR MERCEDES all received the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Mystery and Thriller.
Many of King's books have been turned into celebrated films and television series including It, The Shawshank Redemption, Gerald's Game and Pet Sematary.
King was the recipient of America's prestigious 2014 National Medal of Arts and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for distinguished contribution to American Letters. In 2007 he also won the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. He lives with his wife Tabitha King in Maine.