From a Buick 8

A Novel

Hardcover, 356 pages

English language

Published March 17, 2002 by Scribner.

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3 stars (4 reviews)

The state police of Troop D in rural Pennsylvania have kept a secret in Shed B out back of the barracks ever since 1979, when Troopers Ennis Rafferty and Curtis Wilcox answered a call from a gas station just down the road and came back with an abandoned Buick Roadmaster. Curt Wilcox knew old cars, and he knew immediately that this one was...wrong, just wrong. A few hours later, when Rafferty vanished, Wilcox and his fellow troopers knew the car was worse than dangerous -- and that it would be better if John Q. Public never found out about it.

Curt's avid curiosity taking the lead, they investigated as best they could, as much as they dared. Over the years the troop absorbed the mystery as part of the background to their work, the Buick 8 sitting out there like a still life painting that breathes -- inhaling a little …

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Similar idea to Christine but smoother writing, it does feel more grown up. Very sinister at times, probably not a good book to read whilst taking yer driving test... unless you are learning in an evil car then go ahead and read it.

I read this quite a few years ago now, I do find that King's books tend to blend together a bit over time, probably a bad sign, still I remember falling asleep whilst reading this.

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