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"Finders Keepers" is the sequel to "Mr. Mercedes" and the second in what will become a trilogy in the summer of 2016. Unlike "Mr. Mercedes," "Finders Keepers" focuses on an unfortunately fortunate kid and an author killer who has just been let out of prison. However, Bill Hodges and his friends return as a major part of the novel, as does the Mercedes Killer himself, tying it all together in a neat little package.
Mild spoilers ahead.
It's no secret that I like Stephen King's style a lot. However, as I've said before, I don't like every single one of his novels, but I like this one. Hodges comes back in trimmer shape after suffering a heart attack at the end of the last novel. He and his neurotic partner started up a private detective agency called Finders Keepers. They are brought into a bigger case than they imagine when a friend's younger sister shows up at their office.
Central to the story is Peter Saubers, a boy who unwittingly made a discovery that may have saved his family from abject poverty and the dissolution of his parents' marriage. However, this find has some serious history that is about to come back to haunt young Peter.
The novel follows the original owner of Peter's discovery and Peter as one tries to find what he buried decades earlier and the other tries to help his family stay above water. It's easy to care about the characters, with the exception of the very bad man. The plot is well paced, and there was a serious teaser for the next novel that has me very excited. I venture to guess that will be the best and most Stephen King-esque of the bunch.