Stephen King is a self-proclaimed discovery writer. As such, sometimes it feels like he wanders around in his books until he discovers a story. Once he discovers it, he quickly figures out a way to end it. Duma Key had many positive attributes, including great character development (a staple in King’s work), excellent setting, and great tone. But what happens during the first half of the book doesn’t seem to link up with what happens during the second half. Although this novel was a good strong effort, I don’t feel it goes in the upper echelon of King’s work. That being said, with over 50 novels to his credit, many of which gripping and wonderful, they can’t all be zingers.