Monday, February 05, 2007

Thinner
by Stephen King

After a successful Connecticut lawyer runs over and kills an elderly gypsy woman he finds himself cursed by the dead woman's children, who impose their punishment on him by uttering the word, "Thinner..." The lawyer, an obese, cocky man, finds himself wasting away, dropping weight so rapidly day by day that his health is endangered. The lawyer's family and friends are fearful of his hideous transformation, which comes on him in the matter of a few short weeks, but nothing the man or even his doctors do can stop his radical weight loss. Facing death from a condition similar to anorexia, the lawyer fights back against those who have cursed him and enlists the aid of a thrill-loving gangster he once successfully defended against racketeering charges. With time running out and the lawyer's health spinning downward as fast as his weight itself, there comes a deadly confrontation between the migratory gypsy clan and the modern people who oppose them.

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