King and Chizmar join forces again with a powerful stand-alone novel that is also the final chapter in the Gwendy trilogy. When Gwendy Peterson was twelve, a stranger named Richard Farris gave her a mysterious box for safekeeping. It offered treats and vintage coins, but it was dangerous. Pushing any of its seven coloured buttons promised death and destruction. Years later, the button box re-entered Gwendy''s life. A successful novelist and a rising political star, she was once more forced to deal with the temptations that the box represented - an amazing sense of wellbeing, balanced by a terrifyingly dark urge towards disaster. With the passing of time, the box has grown ever stronger and evil forces are striving to possess it. Once again, it is up to Gwendy Peterson, now a United States Senator battling the early symptoms of Alzheimer''s Disease, to keep it from them. At all costs. But where can you hide something from such powerful entities? Gwendy''s Final Task is a wildly suspenseful and at the same time deeply moving novel in which ''horror giants'' ( Publishers Weekly ) Stephen King and Richard Chizmar take us on a journey from Castle Rock to another famous cursed Maine city to the MF-1 space station, where Gwendy must execute a secret mission to save the world. And, maybe, all worlds.
Vuelve Stephen King con una impactante novela corta en un formato muy especial. La pequeña ciudad de Castle Rock, en Maine, ha sido testigo de algunos extraños sucesos, pero solo hay una historia que no se ha contado... hasta ahora. Existen tres vías para llegar a Castle View desde la ciudad de Castle Rock: por la carretera 117, por Pleasant Road y por las Escaleras de los Suicidios. Cada día del verano de 1974, Gwendy Peterson, de doce años de edad, toma el camino de las escaleras, que ascienden en zigzag por la ladera rocosa. Pero un día, al llegar a lo alto, mientras recupera el aliento con la cara roja y las manos apoyadas sobre las rodillas, un desconocido la llama. Allí, en un banco a la sombra, se sienta un hombre con una chaqueta negra y un pequeño sombrero. Llegará un día en el que Gwendy sufra pesadillas con ese sombrero... ENGLISH DESCRIPTION Set in the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine Stephen King teams up with long-time friend and award-winning author Richard Chizmar for the first time in this original, chilling novella that revisits the mysterious town of Castle Rock. There are three ways up to Castle View from the town of Castle Rock: Route 117, Pleasant Road, and the Suicide Stairs. Every day in the summer of 1974, twelve-year-old Gwendy Peterson has taken the stairs, which are held by strong--if time-rusted--iron bolts and zig-zag up the precarious cliffside. Then one day when Gwendy gets to the top of Castle View, after catching her breath and hearing the shouts of kids on the playground below, a stranger calls to her. There on a bench in the shade sits a man in black jeans, a black coat, and a white shirt unbuttoned at the top. On his head is a small, neat black hat. The time will come when Gwendy has nightmares about that hat The little town of Castle Rock, Maine has witnessed some strange events and unusual visitors over the years, but there is one story that has never been told--until now.