First lines: Thinner

Lawyer Billy Halleck got away with it. He ran over an old gypsy woman in the street, and his buddies the chief of police and the judge swept it cleanly under the rug. When the overweight Halleck starts to lose weight, he just knows that he was cursed by that old gypsy he met at the courthouse. He decides he has to pursue the traveling gypsies and reason with the old man to lift the curse before he withers away. Then, in typical Bachman-fashion, things get a little out of hand and don’t end as you’d expect it to end.

Thinner was the last novel Richard Bachman wrote before he died of cancer of the pseudonym. It was also the last novel by Stephen King I hadn’t read. I’m not allowing myself to cross number 66 off my list just yet, as there’s a new novel coming out pretty soonish. And maybe I should amend it to “Read all novels written by Stephen King (under whatever pseudonym) in English.” That’s about five books away.

Book read
Richard Bachman — Thinner
First line
Thinner, the old Gypsy man with the rotting nose whispers to William Halleck as Halleck and his wife, Heidi, came out of the courthouse.