From a Buick 8 - Stephen King

From a Buick 8

By Stephen King

  • Release Date: 2002-09-24
  • Genre: Horror
4 Score: 4 (From 109 Ratings)


The state police of Troop D in rural Pennsylvania have kept a secret in Shed B out back of the barracks ever since 1979, when Troopers Ennis Rafferty and Curtis Wilcox answered a call from a gas station just down the road and came back with an abandoned Buick Roadmaster. Curt Wilcox knew old cars, and he knew immediately that this one was...wrong, just wrong. A few hours later, when Rafferty vanished, Wilcox and his fellow troopers knew the car was worse than dangerous -- and that it would be better if John Q. Public never found out about it.
Curt's avid curiosity taking the lead, they investigated as best they could, as much as they dared. Over the years the troop absorbed the mystery as part of the background to their work, the Buick 8 sitting out there like a still life painting that breathes -- inhaling a little bit of this world, exhaling a little bit of whatever world it came from.
In the fall of 2001, a few months after Curt Wilcox is killed in a gruesome auto accident, his 18-year-old boy Ned starts coming by the barracks, mowing the lawn, washing windows, shoveling snow. Sandy Dearborn, Sergeant Commanding, knows it's the boy's way of holding onto his father, and Ned is allowed to become part of the Troop D family. One day he looks in the window of Shed B and discovers the family secret. Like his father, Ned wants answers, and the secret begins to stir, not only in the minds and hearts of the veteran troopers who surround him, but in Shed B as well....
From a Buick 8 is a novel about our fascination with deadly things, about our insistence on answers when there are none, about terror and courage in the face of the unknowable.


  • Great Book

    By Chad11988
    I really enjoyed this story. This was my first Stephen King novel and I really enjoyed it. You should definitely read this!!!!!!!
  • Love it.

    By RNnnnrGrl
    He's back in this novel!
  • Musing' about Confusion

    By Queen La Tiff
    This is a great book! I've read most of King's stuff, and this was one of his few books that I'd missed when it came out. It's a wonderful read, with a shifting POV that tells the story through the eyes of several characters. That literary trick--to switch narrators repeatedly without losing the story's cohesion--is worth the admission price. But watch out! If you're one of those who needs everything wrapped up in a neat little package, this ain't the book for you. The end has no real 'answers.' SK FTW!
  • Mediocre

    By arwinters71
    I've been reading Stephen King since I was a kid, and honestly, this is one of my least favorites. Don't get me wrong, this book does have some good parts in it, but nothing like I am used to seeing from him.
  • Couldn't put it down

    By sammij69_
    Loved it!!
  • Steve at his finest

    By Kevin Matherne
    Ive read Stephen King novels since I was in ninth grade. I'm 45 now and a bit behind on some of his works but "Eight" is the kind of Stephen King novel I could live in if it just continued and continued and Steve never put the pen down. Like The Stand, I fell in love with the characters and when the story ended, I hated saying good bye. Thankx, Steve. Again for a wonderful story, introducing me to great people and being my closest friend since I was fifteen. I will always love u!
  • Intense

    By ontheroad2
    One of my SK favorites (have read all SK novels). No subplot or character wasted in moving the story, nonstop action. A dark and memorable story.