The cell rings twice, and then his old partner in the ear...'I'm at the scene of what appears to be a murder-suicide.
I'd like you to come and have a look.
"Bring your partner with you, if she's available....
Retired detective Bill Hodges now heads a two-person firm called Finders Keepers with his partner Holly Gibney.
They met after the "Mercedes Massacre", when the diabolical murderer Brady Hartsfield ran over a group of people.
Brady is now confined to Room 217 of the Lake District Trauma Clinic in a state of non-response.
But not everything is as it seems: the evidence suggests that Brady is somehow awake, and in possession of new deadly powers that allow him to wreak unimaginable havoc without leaving his hospital room.
When Bill and Holly are called to a suicide scene with links to the Mercedes Massacre, they find themselves in their most dangerous case yet, one that will put their lives at risk, as well as those of their heroic young friend Jerome Robinson and his teenage sister, Barbara.
Brady Hartsfield is back, and he plans to take revenge not only on Hodges and his friends, but on an entire town.
Both a heartbreaking independent thriller and a sublimely frightening final episode in Hodges' trilogy, End of Watch takes the series into a new and powerful dimension.
The above extract is abbreviated from End of Watch.
Stephen King estudió lengua y literatura inglesa en la Universidad de Maine, donde participó activamente en movilizaciones estudiantiles contra la guerra de Vietnam.
Trabajó en una lavandería durante un tiempo, mientras ya publicaba historias en varias revistas.
Stephen King fue aclamado por la crítica con su primera novela, Carrie (1974), seguida de El resplandor (1975), que le valió el reconocimiento internacional, It (1986), Misery (1987) e Insomnia (1994), entre muchos otros éxitos.
Su estilo eficaz y directo y su capacidad para destacar los aspectos más inquietantes de la vida cotidiana han convertido a Stephen King en el especialista en literatura de terror más vendido de la historia.