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A STUNNING NEW NOVEL FROM ONE OF THE BEST-SELLING AUTHORS OF ALL TIME! The #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. "I love crime, I love mysteries, and I love ghosts. That combo made Hard Case Crime the perfect venue for this book, which is one of my favorites. I also loved the paperbacks I grew up with as a kid, and for that reason, we’re going to hold off on e-publishing this one for the time being. Joyland will be coming out in paperback, and folks who want to read it will have to buy the actual book." –Stephen King
Titan Books (US, CA)
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"I did not think I was going to like this book at all. Although it seems like it’s a different path from his other books, it is a good one. It held my attention and the ending was great. I swear everything that comes out of that minds mind scratches a special itch in my brain I didn’t even know I had. "
"Loved it! Different than his horror books, but it was an extremely well written story."
"Not your typical Stephen King book. But a really good read about a young man, his summer job working at a carnival and solving a 20+ year old mystery. It's about the friends he makes and the friends he loses. And it's a little about love. "
"I start every summer by listening to audio version of this masterpiece thriller! Being a New Englander it is one of if not my most favorite book!"
"Great story that takes place in the summer of 1973 following a 21 year old college student who decides to work for an amusement park during summer break. His name is Devin Jones and he makes some good friends in North Carolina long the shore working at Joyland where the Horror House ride has a secret that Devin is supposed to uncover. The ghost of a girl who was murdered there haunts the ride, but only certain people can see her. Devin (with the help of his friend Erin Cook) figure out who the murderer is. Devin also becomes very close to Annie (a 31 year old) and her 10 year old son, Mike, who has muscular dystrophy and gets to have his own private tour of Joyland thanks to Devin."