Mass Market Paperbound
544 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 1.01 in
November 15, 1999
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0671041789
ISBN - 13: 9780671041786
Read from the Book
Chapter OneThis happened in 1932, when the state penitentiary was still at Cold Mountain. And the electric chair was there, too, of course.The inmates made jokes about the chair the way people always make jokes about things that frighten them but can't be gotten away from. They called it Old Sparky, or the Big Juicy. They made cracks about the Power bill, and how Warden Moores would cook his Thanksgiving dinner that fall, with his wife, Melinda, too sick to cook.But for the ones who actually had to sit down in that chair, the humor went out of the situation in a hurry I presided over seventy-eight executions during my time at Cold Mountain (that's one figure I've never been confused about; I'll remember it on my deathbed), and I think that, for most of those men, the truth of what was happening to them finally hit all the way home when their ankles were being damped to the stout oak of "Old Sparky's" legs. The realization came then (you would see it rising in their eyes, a kind of cold dismay) that their, own legs had finished their careers. The blood still ran in them, the muscles were still strong, but they were finished, all the same; they were never going to walk another country mile or dance with a girl at a barn-raising. Old Sparky's clients came to a knowledge of their deaths from the ankles up. There was a black silk bag that went over their heads after they had finished their rambling and mostly disjointed last remarks. It was supposed to be for them, but I always th
From the Publisher
The #1 New York Times bestselling dramatic serial novel and inspiration for the Oscar-nominated film of the same name starring Tom Hanks, the “literary event” (Entertainment Weekly) of The Green Mile is now available in its entirety.
When The Green Mile first appeared, serialized as one volume per month, Stephen King’s The Green Mile was an unprecedented publishing triumph: all six volumes ended up on the New York Times bestseller list—simultaneously—and delighted millions of fans the world over.
Welcome to Cold Mountain Penitentiary, home to the Depression-worn men of E Block. Convicted killers all, each awaits his turn to walk the Green Mile, keeping a date with “Old Sparky,” Cold Mountain’s electric chair. Prison guard Paul Edgecombe has seen his share of oddities in his years working the Mile. But he’s never seen anyone like John Coffey, a man with the body of a giant and the mind of a child, condemned for a crime terrifying in its violence and shocking in its depravity. In this place of ultimate retribution, Edgecombe is about to discover the terrible, wondrous truth about Coffey, a truth that will challenge his most cherished beliefs...and yours.
About the Author
is the O. Henry Award-winning author of more than thirty books, including Hearts in Atlantis, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, Bag of Bones, The Shining, The Stand, The Green Mile,
and the stories on which the Academy Award®-nominated films Carrie, Stand by Me,
and The Shawshank Redemption
are based. He is also the author of Storm of the Century,
an original screenplay written for television. His most recent volume in the Dark Tower series is Wizard and Glass.
He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.
From Our Editors
All six installments of Stephen King`s bestseller are included in this movie tie-in edition of The Green Mile, The Complete Serial Novel. Lauded as King`s best book in years, The Green Mile takes place in a depression-era Cold Mountain prison. Guard Paul Edgecombe has seen evil incarnate in previous prisoners, but it didn`t prepare him for John Coffey. It is a haunting novel of good and evil, innocence and guilt. In an unprecedented display of popularity, all six novels were on U.S. bestseller lists simultaneously.
The New York Times Mr. King now dominates like Carrie at the prom.