First edition paperback.

is the 55th book published by Stephen King; it was his 46th novel, and the seventh written under the pseudonym of Richard Bachman. The book, described as a "trunk novel" like it's predecessor The Regulators, was released by Scribner on 12 June 2007 with an introduction by King.


The story concerns the mentally-challenged small-time crook Clayton "Blaze" Blaisdell as he attempts to carry out a high-profile kidnapping planned by his now-deceased partner-in-crime George Rackley. Interwoven through the crime story are flashbacks to Blaze's past, revealing the many experiences that shaped the man he would become.

Additional contents

Included in the book was the short story "Memory," which would become, with revision, the beginning of King's novel Duma Key.

The Bachman Books
RageThe Long WalkRoadworkThe Running ManThinnerThe RegulatorsBlaze
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