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Billy Summers by Stephen King
Number of Pages: 528 pages
Listening Length: 16 hours and 57 minutes
Audiobook narrated by: Paul Sparks
Goodreads rating: 4.33
Published on: August 03, 2021
Billy Summers is a man in a room with a gun. He’s a killer for hire and the best in the business. But he’ll do the job only if the target is a truly bad guy. And now Billy wants out. But first, there is one last hit. Billy is among the best snipers in the world, a decorated Iraq war vet, a Houdini when it comes to vanishing after the job is done. So what could possibly go wrong?
How about everything.
This spectacular pause-resisting novel is a part war story, a part love letter to small-town America and the people who live there, and it features one of the most compelling and surprising duos in King fiction, who set out to avenge the crimes of an extraordinarily evil man. It’s about love, luck, fate, and a complex hero with one last shot at redemption.
You won’t hit pause, and you won’t forget Billy.
Praise for Billy Summers
“King’s latest stars a killer-for-hire whose final assignment involves moving to a small Southern town and taking cover as a writer, a job that turns out to be as rewarding as killing bad guys. As for the hit, it doesn’t go so well, but that’s part of the allure of this twisty, multilayered thriller.” —The Washington Post
“A first act of stunning formal control… a delicious engine of tension… a delightfully tense crime thriller… somehow both hard-boiled and human, and on par with much of King’s best work… King can still build tidal waves of tension from the smallest deviation from plan, sending Constant Readers plunging deep into the flop-sweat insecurities of his heroes as they watch a situation potentially spiral out of control. In situating Billy’s atonement in communication and creation, not violence, King manages to find a space for redemption… Billy Summers is winningly optimistic about the life of the creative mind. More than almost any other King book in recent memory, it’s a product of its time, but not a victim of it.” —William Hughes, The AV Club
About Stephen King
Stephen Edwin King is a legendary author who primarily writes in the horror fiction genre. His works have been sold more than 350 million copies, many have been adapted to movies and TV series. King’s first novel, Carrie was published in 1974 and immediately became a success. He has written 63 novels along with 120 short stories and 20 novellas.
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What to read after Billy Summers
- The Last Things He Told me by Laura Dave
- Kill Fee by Owen Laukkanen
- Redemption Road by John Hart
- November Road by Lou Berney
- Razorblade Tears by S. A Cosby