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BLAZE by Richard Bachman


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After Richard Bachman’s untimely demise, his final novel,Thinner, skyrocketed to the top of the bestseller lists. And though Bachman may be dead, he’s not forgotten—his last manuscript was recently discovered by a close friend, Stephen King. He is pleased to pass this discovery on to you—and so are we.

Clay Blaisdell, nicknamed Blaze, is not a particularly smart man—probably having to do with the deep dent on his forehead bestowed upon him by his abusive father when he was a child. Blaze didn’t have it any easier as a ward of the state, where his enormous size made him the target of cruel teachers and foster parents who liked to beat him into submission. Is it any wonder he grew up with little respect for authority? Blaze has broken the law one or a dozen times, yet, in his soul, he is a good person—even when he decides to kidnap Joe Gerard IV, the 6-month-old heir to a Maine shipping fortune.

The whole thing was his best friend George’s idea: grab the kid, get the money and bingo—no more worries. Even the fact that George is dead isn’t a problem, since his ghost keeps Blaze focused on the plan—which he actually pulls off! But not without a deadly hitch…

As Blaze, tortured and confused, goes into hiding with his sweet, innocent charge, we are touched by this heartbreakingly sympathetic man who learns, too late, what it means to love.

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