4.5 out of 5 Stars (read it, read it now)" - Only The Best SciFi "This one's a must for King fans and may also attract YA readers." - Library Journal ..".period murder mystery with a heart...King brings his usual finesse to this tale's mystery elements" - Publishers Weekly ..".the book...features some of King's most graceful writing...ruminative, amused, digressive, marvelously unaffected, and finally, devastatingly sad." - Entertainment Weekly "An amusement park and murder figure into a coming-of-age tale in this miniature thriller with a hint of the supernatural." - Los Angeles Times "Undeniable...charm [and] aching nostalgia...[JOYLAND] reads like a heartfelt memoir and might be King's gentlest book, a canny channeling of the inner peace one can find within outer tumult." - Booklist "Wrapped in a gloriously pulpy cover, Joyland is a coming-of-age story set in 1973 at a North Carolina amusement park -- creepy! -- that's haunted by a murderer." - Time Magazine "Stephen King's carny-saturated Joyland evokes the ghosts of summers past -- literally." - New York Magazine
"Joyland, by Stephen King (Hard Case Crime, June). An old-school, pulpy paperback ghost story set in a North Carolina amusement park." - Departures Magazine
"King's latest thriller, a PG-13 pulp paperback crime novel takes place at a remote carny park where college kid Devin is desperate to see the ghost of a girl whose murderer might still be
lurking around the hot dog stands." - Cosmopolitan Magazine "Joyland is a joy. A gem whatever its genre." - Tor.com "This is a wonderful return to old school King." - We Love This Book "Joyland is a fantastic story. This is a compelling and yet oddly gentle tale of a young man experiencing the ache of heartbreak and the curve-balls life can throw at you." - Geek Native "From horror authority Stephen King comes some hard-boiled action, with all the elements of a good crime novel--including the early '70s, southern secrets, carnivals, and a meddling college kid." - The Daily Muse "If you're a King fan you may want to set this on your wishlist " - Bookmuch "This Joyland is not innocent, of course. Its retro thrills include an enticingly steamy cover, Hard Case Crime's sensually tactile paperback format, and a cover line that asks, "Who Dares Enter the Funhouse of Fear?"" - New York Times "It's good to have a book like this now - simple, sweet, and not a little scary - to remind us that among the prequels and sequels, the epics and the TV miniseries, Stephen King can still spin one hell of a little yarn." "As usual, King slips in and out of genre effortlessly, but it's gratifying that at the core of Joyland exists a story worthy of being called a Hard Case Crime." "Misdirection and red herrings abound, delightfully, and the weather-ravaged denouement could play out as the conclusion to a Donald Westlake or Lawrence Block novel." - FEARnet
"Red meat for any Stephen King fan." - TalkStephenKing.com "This is a Stephen King novel that you can start on your vacation and actually finish before the flight home." - Men's Health, Selected By Amazon
"A remarkable tour-de-force." - Comic Book Resources
"This is Stephen King at his emotional best." - Florida Times-Union "It is easy to connect with Devin as well as many of the secondary characters as King develops this descriptive, entertaining tale of personal growth and murder." -
"Joyland is pretty much perfect in its pursuit of diversion." "This story of a broken heart, a summer job and a beach amusement park -- infused with ghosts, killers and a boy with "the sight" -- is lovingly streamlined. It starts strong, ends stronger. Sturdy finales are never a given with King, but this one, Constant Readers, will have you gasping and, ultimately, blinking back big fat tears." "The ultimate "beach" book from one of literature's slyest entertainers." - Tampa Bay Times
"As you read the dialogue, the book becomes less a story about a summer's mystery than a tale of entry into another, coexisting world, one with its own rules, codes, and language." "The splashy and aggressively sexy packaging is the tip of the iceberg." - LA Review of Books "[a] fun book with a touch of winter's chill around the edges" Tor.com
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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