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Titan Publishing Group Lt, Jun 1, 2013 - Fiction - 283 pages
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Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever.

"I love crime, I love mysteries, and I love ghosts. That combo made Hard Case Crime the perfect venue for this book, which is one of my favorites. I also loved the paperbacks I grew up with as a kid, and for that reason, we're going to hold off on e-publishing this one for the time being. Joyland will be coming out in paperback, and folks who want to read it will have to buy the actual book." Stephen King

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Excellent writing, story telling and pacing. - Goodreads
I am so gutted with the ending of this book. - Goodreads
The writing was good, but the plot was really lacking. - Goodreads
Very easy to read and very well written. - Goodreads
The pulp/retro cover art grabbed me, as did the length. - Goodreads
I love his character development. - Goodreads

Review: Joyland (Hard Case Crime #112)

User Review  - Karen - Goodreads

I enjoy Stephen King's writing. The guy sure knows how to turn a phrase. So I did like the story, but I did find the plot to be pretty formulaic. Not a terribly original story, but well crafted and I liked Dev as a main character. Read full review

Review: Joyland (Hard Case Crime #112)

User Review  - Nancy - Goodreads

Remember when you were young and summers seemed endless? And loves and friendships you thought would last forever faded with autumn leaves, while seemingly minor decisions like which summer job to ... Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine in 1947, the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. He made his first professional short story sale in 1967 to Startling Mystery Stories. In the fall of 1973, he began teaching high school English classes at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine. Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels. In the spring of 1973, Doubleday & Co., accepted the novel Carrie for publication, providing him the means to leave teaching and write full-time. He has since published over 50 books and has become one of the world's most successful writers.

Stephen lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. They are regular contributors to a number of charities including many libraries and have been honored locally for their philanthropic activities.

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