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The Regulators, by Bachman, Richard (Stephen King). Dutton: New York, 1996. Edition: First trade edition stated. ISBN: 0525941908. Hardcover, 8vo, 466,  pages. Quarter bound in tan cloth over red boards; silver lettering on spine.
Condition: Near Fine in a Fine jacket. Page edges show very faint smudges.
Stephen King has brought back his pseudonym Richard Bachman, originally kiboshed when a King fan discovered Bachman's true identity; Bachman's novel concerns the small town of Wentworth, which is invaded by five vans, the first of which perpetrates a drive-by shooting that upsets the natural order of things and begins the story. The novel is a companion piece to "Desperation", which is written under the name Stephen King and which involves many of the same characters in the same sort of setting, but exhibits an entirely different flavor than "The Regulators". The books can be read separately, in either order, and each can stand on its own as a fully-realized work.
It's a summer afternoon in Wentworth, Ohio, and on Poplar Street, everything's normal. The paperboy is making his rounds; frisbees are flying; barbecues are being contemplated. The only thing that doesn't quite fit the picture is the red van idling just up the hill. Soon it will begin to roll, and the killing will begin. And by the time night falls on Poplar Street, the surviving residents will find themselves in another world, one where anything, no matter how terrible, is possible...and where the regulators are on their way. At the center of "The Regulators" is Seth Garon, a young boy whose supernatural powers are just awakening. Like Seth's powers, the novel tears across its landscape to create a world where absolutely terrifying things are not locked in the imagination but are free to come true.
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