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Duma Key by Stephen King
Hodder & Stoughton Ltd Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780340952191
Date: 24 January 2008 List Price £18.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /

I think the biggest scare that Stephen King ever gave me was actually outside of his fiction! Those rumours of retirement that surfaced a year or two ago filled me with some serious horror. Thankfully the threat seems to have receded, and King has found a second wind in recent years, finishing up his remarkable Dark Tower Sequence (see my reviews of The Wolves of the Calla, The Song of Susannah and The Dark Tower), revamping his old Bachman story Blaze and offering up novels with notable regularity - see my reviews of Cell and Lisey's Story.

Hodder & Stoughton now release Duma Key, the latest King novel and the master shows no signs at all of slowing down, in terms of either output or quality.

"Duma Key is the engaging, fascinating story of a man who discovers an incredible talent for painting after a freak accident in which he loses an arm. He moves to a 'new life' in Duma Key, off Florida's West Coast; a deserted strip, part beach, part weed-tangled, owned by a patroness of the arts whose twin sisters went missing in the 1920s. Duma Key is where out-of-season hurricanes tears lives apart and a powerful undertow lures lost and tormented souls. Here Freemantle is inspired to paint the amazing sunsets. But soon the paintings become predictive, even dangerous. Freemantle knows the only way forward is to discover what happened to the twin sisters -- and what is the secret of the strange old lady who holds the key? The story is about friendship, about the bond between a father and his daughter. And about memory, truth and art. It is also is a metaphor for the life and inspiration of a writer, and an exploration of the nature, power and influence of fiction."

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