It is a great story, no doubt and Stephen King is a great story teller and he is probably unable to write a really bad story, but regardless of that, some parts of the book rubbed me the wrong way.
1. A lot of authors are tempted to talk about writing and the complex relationship between readers and authors. There is a lot of it in this book and I am not sure, whether this is something I want to read about lengthily.
2. John Rothstein, a fictitious author and murder victim is a central figure in this story. I cannot help it, but somehow Stephen King seems to refer to Salinger and his "The Catcher in the Rye", when he talks about John Rothstein and his Jimmy Gold books, but I don't get the message (if there is one).
3. Finders Keepers is a kind of sequel to "Mercedes" and we meet again with Bill Hodges, Holly Gibney, and Jerome Robinson. Unfortunately these characters appear very static in this story, no development, no conflicts, all warm coziness. The appearance of these 3 feels somehow wrong anyway. It is not their story and they don't belong there.
4. Why bring Brady Harstfeld, the heartless villain of "Mercedes" into this story? There is no real context and this short appearance at the end of the book with its psychic twist is out of place.
The book consists of 3 main parts:
Part 1: John Rothstein, the famous author of the Jimmy Gold Trilogy, who did not write another book in decades, gets murdered and robbed by Morris Bellamy and his friends. Morris is obsessed with the Jimmy Gold novels and does not forgive the author the ending of the series. He hides the booty, 20000 US$ and hundred plus notebooks of unpublished writings of Rothstein.
Part 2: Pete Saubers, a young boy finds the treasure and uses the money to help his family through the recession of 2008/2009. Miraculously he lives in the same house, where Morris grew up, even more astonishing, he is a Jimmy Gold fan as well. The real trouble starts for Pete, when he tries to sell the notebooks to pay for his sister's college.
Part 3: Enter Bill Hodges, Holly Gibney, and Jerome Robinson to save poor Pete.
Of course, the story telling is first class and for the most part the book is a real page turner. Pete's character, his relationship to his sister and parents is drawn with such detail and accuracy, it is a real pleasure to read, His anguish is touchable and you feel the tension physically. It is a good book after all.