Stephen King: My Top 10 Books of 2009
10. "ROUGH COUNTRY", by John Sandford, hardcover
King's thoughts: "This tale is rich, satisfying, and frequently hilarious."
About the Book: "Rich with the brilliant plotting and compulsively readable prose that are his hallmarks, Rough Country is another immensely satisfying tale by one of our very best suspense writers."
9. "RAVENS", by George Dawes Green, hardcover
King's thoughts: "When Green isn't making you laugh, he's making you bite your nails down to the bleeding point."
About the Book: "The Boatwrights just won 318 million dollars in the Georgia State lottery. It's going to be the worst day of their lives."
8. "GONE TOMORROW", by Lee Child, hardcover
King's thoughts: "Child's writing is lean and wiry."
About the Book: "New York City. Two in the morning. A subway car heading uptown. Jack Reacher, plus five other passengers. Four are okay. The fifth isn't. In the next few tense seconds Reacher will make a choice--and trigger an electrifying chain of events in this gritty, gripping masterwork of suspense by #1 New York Times bestseller Lee Child."
7. "DROOD", by Dan Simmons, hardcover
King's thoughts: "This is a beautifully realized historical novel, but it's also a modern tale that chronicles the descent of a great mind into dope-fueled madness."
About the Book: "On June 9, 1865, while traveling by train to London with his secret mistress, 53-year-old Charles Dickens--at the height of his powers and popularity, the most famous and successful novelist in the world and perhaps in the history of the world--hurtled into a disaster that changed his life forever. "
6. "SHATTER", by Michael Robotham, hardcover
King's thoughts: "The most suspenseful book I read all year."
About the Book: "In Michael Robotham’s latest thriller, psychologist Joe O’Loughlin tries to prevent a suicide and finds himself locked in a deadly duel with a very clever killer. With pitch-perfect dialogue, believable characters, and intriguingly unpredictable plot twists, Shatter is guaranteed to keep even the most avid thriller readers riveted long into the night."
5. "2666", by Roberto Bolano, hardcover
King's thoughts: "This surreal novel can't be described; it has to be experienced in all its crazed glory."
About the Book: "Three academics on the trail of a reclusive German author; a New York reporter on his first Mexican assignment; a widowed philosopher; a police detective in love with an elusive older woman--these are among the searchers drawn to the border city of Santa Teresa, where over the course of a decade hundreds of women have disappeared."
4. "MIDNIGHT'S CHILDREN", by Salman Rushdie, hardcover
King's thoughts: "This epic social comedy follows one of them through a lifetime of adventures worthy of Dickens."
About the Book: "Saleem Sinai is born at the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, the very moment of India’s independence. Greeted by fireworks displays, cheering crowds, and Prime Minister Nehru himself, Saleem grows up to learn the ominous consequences of this coincidence."
3. "HOLLYWOOD MOON", by Joseph Wambaugh, hardcover
King's thoughts: "The best of Wambaugh's Hollywood Station novels."
About the Book: "Wambaugh once again masterfully gets inside the hearts and minds of the cops whose jobs have them constantly on the brink of danger. By turns heart-wrenching, exhilarating, and laugh-out-loud funny, Hollywood Moon is his most thrilling and deeply affecting ride yet through the singular streets of LA."
2. "REVOLUTIONARY ROAD", by Richard Yates, mass market paperback
King's thoughts: "Skip the DVD; read the book."
About the Book: "In the hopeful 1950s, Frank and April Wheeler appear to be a model couple: bright, beautiful, talented, with two young children and a starter home in the suburbs... they have always lived on the assumption that greatness is only just around the corner. But now that certainty is about to crumble."
1. "THE LITTLE STRANGER", by Sarah Waters, hardcover
King's thoughts: "Several sleepless nights are guaranteed."
About the Book: "Abundantly atmospheric and elegantly told, The Little Stranger is Sarah Waters's most thrilling and ambitious novel yet."
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