Blaze is the story of Clayton Blaisdell, Jr. -- known as Blaze -- and of the crimes committed by him and against him. Blaze has been mentally challenged since childhood when his father threw him down the stairs. After escaping an abusive detention center for boys, he hooks up with George, a seasoned criminal, and enters a life of scams and ...
Blaze is the story of Clayton Blaisdell, Jr. -- known as Blaze -- and of the crimes committed by him and against him. Blaze has been mentally challenged since childhood when his father threw him down the stairs. After escaping an abusive detention center for boys, he hooks up with George, a seasoned criminal, and enters a life of scams and robberies. When George is killed and Blaze is left on his own, he becomes one of the most sympathetic criminals in all of literature. Blaze is a crime story of amazing strength and sadness, shot through with a current of edge-of-the-seat suspense. No Stephen King -- or Richard Bachman -- fan should miss this gripping, unforgettable story.
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this book I just read and will pass on to my grandson with other collection of stephen king
Jan 29, 2009
Book was just as described! Very Stephen King and touching at the same time. Thanks!
Aug 18, 2007
Richard Bachman is back from the dead with this suprisingly touching tale of high crime and low criminals. For those unaware, Bachman is a pen name that Stephen King secretly used long ago. The book is more Bachman than it is King, however, though King does leave the occasional fingerprint. The novel is well writen and well paced. Bachman (or is it King?) has created on of the most endearing and pitifully human villians in Clayton Blaisdell, Jr. The story is noir tragedy at its finest. Bachman creates the grainy black and white atmosphere of any good Cagney gangster film and gives it Steinbeck's heart. Think of Ed McBain and Of Mice and Men stirred up with more than a touch of Bachman's spice. Suspenseful to the very end, King (or is it Bachman?) finishes not with a whimper, but a bang.
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