Joyland (Jun 2013)

The novel is set at a North Carolina amusement park in 1973 and involves a carny who must confront the legacy of a vicious murder and the fate of a dying child. It's Stephen King's second Hard Case Crime novel, and grew from a single image he had had for 20 years of a boy in a wheelchair flying a Jesus kite on a beach.

Common King themes:

  • Excessive use of the word "insouciant" (Spoiler alert, but a certain someone's trademark insouciant tip of his hat is how you figure out he's the bad guy.)

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