Cover image for Roadwork
Title:
Roadwork
Author:
King, Stephen, 1947-
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Signet, 1999.

©1996
Physical Description:
xi, 307 pages ; 18 cm
General Note:
"Roadwork was first published in a Signet edition under the name Richard Bachman, and later appeared in NAL hardcover and Plume trade paperback omnibus editions titled The Bachman books under the name Stephen King. "The importance of being Bachman" appeared in slightly different form in the 1996 Plume edition of The Bachman books."--T.p. verso.

"A Signet Book."
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780451197870
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

What happens when one good-and-angry man fights back is murder--and then some….

Bart Dawes is standing in the way of progress. A new highway extension is being built right over the laundry plant where he works--and right over his home. The house he has lived in for twenty years…where he has made love with his wife…played with his son….  But before the city paves over that part of Dawes' life, he's got one more party to throw--and it'll be a blast….

With an Introduction by the Author, "The Importance of Being Bachman"


Author Notes

Richard Bachman is a pseudonym of author Stephen King. Bachman was born in New York. He spent several years serving in the U.S. Coast Guard and the merchant marine before settling down on a New Hampshire dairy farm.

Bachman published four novels in paperback between 1977 and 1982. The hardcover novel "Thinner" was published in 1984. In 1994, Bachman's widow discovered a carton containing a manuscript of the novel "The Regulators," which was published posthumously in 1996. The last Bachman title, Blaze, was publshed in 2007.

Bachman died in 1985. His identity remained a well-kept secret until a bookstore clerk confronted King with his suspicions that King was Bachman. The clerk, Steve Brown, could not believe that Bachman and King were not one and the same. Brown located publisher's records at the Library of Congress and discovered a document naming King as the author of one of Bachman's novels. Afterwards he sent a letter to King's publishers, with a copy of the found documents, and asked them what to do. Two weeks later Stephen King phoned Brown personally, and suggested he write an article about how he discovered the truth, allowing himself to be interviewed. This led to a press release heralding Bachman's "death" supposedly from "cancer of the pseudonym," and an article written by Brown in the Washington Post.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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