"Stupid was a prison they never let you out of, no time off for good behavior, you were in for life."
"Clayton Blaisdell, Jr., a/k/a Blaze, has had a hard life which led him to petty criminal activities. Even though his partner, George Rackley, died three months before, Blaze is still hearing his instructions for pulling off one more scheme--the kidnapping of an infant whose parents are millionaires. The story tells of the attachment Blaze forms for baby Joe as he remembers his own childhood--one that was much different than the one baby Joe will have."...Continua
Writing as Bachman, I guessed this was going to be a fairly straight ahead thriller - though to be honest I can't often distinguish between the two parts of Kings physche.
A slightly faster paced novel than the majority of Kings efforts it may be - but straight laced it is not. There's the interactive memory of the main characters dead best friend, and plenty of cleverly dispersed flashbacks which tell as much of the story as the present set pieces - coupled with the very real desire for the main character, who's kidnapped a baby, to escape with the money and see no harm.
Not quite as polished as King usually manages, but then considering it was written thirty years ago, I guess that's no surprise - the story even benefits from the fast rough prose and the speedy action.
On a par with Koontz's Icebound, if you're looking for something a little different from your favourite author, or just a quick sharp thriller told from a fresh perspective, this'll do nicely....Continua