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  Library Journal Review

In King's (The Shining) 1970s-set novel, New England college student Devin Jones's girlfriend takes a summer job out of town, so he leaves himself, landing a summer job at Joyland, a small amusement park in North Carolina. The story weaves a series of unsolved murders with the whispers of a ghost story, some teenage angst, suicidal thoughts, mild depression, and the ever-present sexual urges of young adulthood. King deals with them all in this touching, tender story of a good young man whose innate kindness unwittingly touches the lives of many people. Joyland comes to life as King uses carny endearments and language that convey the flavor of the lifestyle. VERDICT Both Joyland the amusement park and Joyland the novel are pure fun. Highly recommended. ["This one's a must for King fans and may also attract YA readers," read the review of the New York Times best-selling Hard Case Crime: Titan hc, LJ 5/1/13.-Ed.]-Laura Brosie, Abilene, TX (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

Michael Kelly begins his rendition of King's engaging short novel sounding pleasantly satisfied, if wistful, with just a twinge of regret-precisely the mood of Devin Jones, the book's protagonist. Now in his 60s, Devin recalls the details of how he spent 1973, working as a "Happy Helper" at Joyland, a slightly seedy North Carolina amusement park where, several years before his arrival, a young girl was murdered on a ride called Horror House. Kelly follows King's lead in fashioning a proper voice for each and every character, creating a delightfully unpretentious and winning listening experience. With this performance, it seems as if Kelly is himself responding to the advice given to new carnival employees by the sweetly paternal Joyland director, Bradley Easterbrook: "Remember," the old man tells them, "you're here to sell fun." A Hard Case paperback. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
eoe Joyland is a breathtaking, beautiful, heartbreaking book....Even the most hardboiled readers will find themselves movede (Charles Ardai, Edgar- and Shamus Award-winning editor of Hard Case Crime). <br> <br> Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.
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