Billy Summers by Stephen King review: King’s latest evokes Barry and John Wick

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If you want to feel bad about your productivity level, you need only consider the lengthy publication history from one of America’s best living writers – Stephen King. The AV Club recently reviewed his latest novel, Billy Summers. Sounds like a great way to round-out your summer reading (or start your summer reading, if you’re still dragging your feet).

The final page of Billy Summers—Stephen King’s latest effort to master pulp crime fiction just as he tamed horror several decades ago—includes, like many of King’s books, a note saying when he wrote it. In most of King’s novels, this addendum serves as little more than a cheery footnote, a reminder of the hard work and the sheer amount of time that must be poured into the author’s brick-heavy tomes to bring them to life. But in Billy Summers, those dates arrive with a meaning that no one could have anticipated when King first sat down to craft his story of a hitman with a heart of gold: June 12, 2019 – July 3, 2020.

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