Billy Summers

  • Author Stephen King
  • Narrator Paul Sparks
  • Publisher Hodder & Stoughton
  • Run Time 16 hours and 58 minutes
  • Format Audio
  • Genre Thriller / suspense fiction.

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What to expect

BILLY SUMMERS is Stephen King’s gripping and compelling novel about a contract killer, an ex-marine, with one last payday to earn before he retires. Once again King sets his storytelling talent on a new path with this epic new thriller.

From legendary storyteller and No. 1 bestseller Stephen King, whose ‘restless imagination is a power that cannot be contained’ (The New York Times Book Review), comes a thrilling new novel about a good guy in a bad job.

Billy Summers is a man in a room with a gun. He’s a killer for hire and the best in the business. But he’ll do the job only if the target is a truly bad guy. And now Billy wants out. But first there is one last hit. Billy is among the best snipers in the world, a decorated Iraq war vet, a Houdini when it comes to vanishing after the job is done. So what could possibly go wrong?

How about everything.

This spectacular can’t-put-it-down novel is part war story, part love letter to small town America and the people who live there, and it features one of the most compelling and surprising duos in King fiction, who set out to avenge the crimes of an extraordinarily evil man. It’s about love, luck, fate, and a complex hero with one last shot at redemption.

You won’t put this story down, and you won’t forget Billy.

(P)2021 Simon & Schuster Audio

Critics Review

  • A dazzlingly shapeshifting novel that, like its antihero, only pretends to be easy to pigeonhole. Disciplined but adventurous, equally good at action scenes and in-depth psychology

    The Sunday Times
  • A thriller with a surprisingly heartfelt and redemptive ending, Billy Summers is a compelling and engrossing read

    Sunday Express
  • King’s killer instinct hits the mark again… Without abandoning his blood-chilling propensities, he has transformed himself into one of the most adroit and accomplished crime writers in the US. King has negotiated the shifting of gears with the kind of panache that befits the “ultimate storyteller” (for once, publisher hyperbole is justified).

    The I
  • His best book in years . . . He may always be considered a horror novelist, but King is doing the best work of his later career when the ghosts are packed away and the monsters are all too human

    Guardian
  • Vintage Stephen King . . . storytelling genius

    Telegraph

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