by Stephen King
Editor: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
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A spectacular dark and electrifying novel about addiction, religion, music and what could exist on the other side of lifeIn a small town in New England in the early 1960s, a shadow falls on a little boy playing with his lead soldiers.Jamie Morton looks up to see a man strike, the new minister, Charles Jacobs.Soon, they forge a deep bond, based on their fascination with simple electricity experiments.Decades later, Jamie lives a nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll.Now, an addict, he sees Jacobs again – a showman on stage, the dazzling creation “Portraits of Lightning” – and their encounter has profound consequences for both men.Their relationship becomes a pact beyond even the Devil is to conceive, and Jamie discovers that waking up has many meanings.This rich and troubling novel spans five decades on its way to the most terrifying conclusion Stephen King has ever writtenIt is a masterpiece by the King, in the great American tradition of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe.
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