Viking, 1989. FIRST EDITION, first printing with "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2" numberline. Very good condition with original very good condition dust jacket, not price clipped. The protagonist of King's "top-notch" novel is literary novelist Thad Beaumont, whose greatest success has come with three gory thrillers written under the pseudonym George Stark. Beaumont is threatened by a blackmailer who may reveal Stark's identity; Beaumont kills off Stark instead; and Stark goes on a murderous rampage. "Wondrously frightening . . . among the best of his voluminous work," maintained Publishers Weekly. 431 pages.