In the most non-Stephen King book ever written by Stephen King, Blaze tells the story of a mentally delayed individual who tries to get rich by stealing a baby. He is assisted by his dead colleague George who berates him along the way. Blaze actually has a good heart but he can't seem to ever get out of his own way.
I really did enjoy this book but I kept forgetting I was reading a Stephen King book. Many years ago, King adopted a pseudonym, Richard Bachman, to write some novels. These books, referred to as the Bachman Books, read an awful lot like a King novel would - creepy, suspenseful, and tense. Blaze, on the other hand, doesn't really follow that formula. The reader can't help but feel sorry for Blaze as King/Bachman begins to unravel what went wrong in Blaze's life that made him the way he is. This is where this book excels, at drawing sympathy to a protagonist who is do heinous crimes.
I've read most of the Bachman Books, and even though I liked this one, it was my least favorite. The whole novel just seemed to lack that certain ZING! that you get with a King/Bachman novel. I still definitely recommend it, but I'd put a few of his other books higher on my recommendation list.
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