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Stephen King
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The Green Mile-feuilleton
paperback
600 pages
Wonderfull tale, real tearjerker. A man who works in the "death row", the prison where people wait for their "opportunity" to take a seat on the electric chair. Then a prisoner arrives who has been found guilty of murdering two young girls.

The Green Mile was first written as six episodes, each being published in 1996. The story takes place in 1935 in the penitentiary of Cold Mountain in the south of the United States. The story focuses on the every day job of the guards of the Green Miles, the death row of Cold Mountain, and the arrival of John Coffey, an impressively tall, illiterate Black male, charged with the rape and murder of two little girls. The events are told from the point of view of the chief guard, Paul Edgecomb, a cynical but fair man who shows more humanity and understanding than the average prison guard, and who will eventually doubt the culpability of John Coffey.

Throughout the story, Stephen King introduces us to a complete gallery of characters who build the everyday life of the block and create a cloistered atmosphere between the prisoners and the guards. The most outstanding characters are, without a doubt, the loathsome Percy Wetmore (a young guard who abuses his power over the prisoners and benefits from the support of the governor), the amiable Eduard Delacroix (a Cajun prisoner convicted with rape and murder) and the evil William "Wild Bill" Wharton (a young and extremely violent prisoner). The other central character is a mouse named Mister Jingles who is "adopted" by prisoner Eduard Delacroix and who shows vivid intelligence as well as acrobatic skills. He soon becomes the main curiosity in E block, impressing both prisoners and guards.

Last, of course, is John Coffey, the most important character along with guard Paul Edgecomb, with whom he builds a complex, ambiguous relationship. Astonished by the miraculous healing powers and candid personality of the prisoner, Paul Edgecomb starts doubting his guilt and soon convinces the other guards (except for Percy Wetmore) of his innocence as well. Unfortunately, and as you would expect, John Coffey will eventually be executed.

It's a really excellent story, with depth and emotion like no other. It's just magical, and a definite recommended!
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Stephen King
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The Outsider
paperback
456 pages
An eleven-year-old boy’s violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King’s propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face?
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