"The opening of the book is one of King's strongest. He takes that apprehension and fear we all have when we're pulled over by a policeman and brings it all to a new level of creepy and frightening. We're forced to relinquish control in those situations, but what if the cop was a complete lunatic? It makes it so much worse. I'll admit, there's a part of me that wishes this story really was just about a cop gone insane and terrorizing his small town, but I can also see how King had to take it to another level to move the story forward. The ancient evil buried deep in the ground, disturbed by human greed that dug too far is not a new idea, but he executes it well."
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