Very Good in a Very Good- supplied Seventh Printing dust jacket. Spine is slightly concave. Owner bookplate to front pastedown. Inked out owner name to FEP. Creasing to rear flap. Tear to jacket base at rear panel. ; 9.37 X 6.38 X 1.57 inches; 426 pages; Original unclipped dust jacket protected by archival Brodart cover. All domestic orders shipped protected in a Box. Bookseller Inventory # 54935
Synopsis: After four and a half years in a coma, Johnny Smith awakens with a knowledge of the death zone and an ability to see the future, a horrible power that he does not want and cannot escape
Review: In the St. James Guide to Horror, Ghost & Gothic Writers, Gary Westfahl predicts that "King has already earned himself a place in the history of literature.... At the very least, he will enjoy the status of a latter-day Anthony Trollope, an author respected for his popularity and social commentary.... More likely, he will be enshrined as the Charles Dickens of the late 20th century, the writer who perfectly reflected, encapsulated, and expressed the characteristic concerns of his era."
If any of King's novels exemplifies his skill at portraying the concerns of his generation, it's The Dead Zone (1979). Although it contains a horrific subplot about a serial killer, it isn't strictly a horror novel. It's the story of an unassuming high school teacher, an Everyman, who suffers a gap in time--like a Rip Van Winkle who blacks out during the years 1970-75--and thus becomes acutely conscious of the way that American society is rapidly changing. He wakes up as well with a gap in his brain, the "dead zone" of the title. The zone gives him crippling headaches, but also grants him second sight, a talent he doesn't want and is reluctant to use. The crux of the novel concerns whether he will use that talent to alter the course of history.
The Dead Zone is a tight, well-crafted book. When asked in 1983 which of his novels so far was "the best," Stephen King answered, "The one that I think works the best is Dead Zone. It's the one that [has] the most story." --Fiona Webster
Title: THE DEAD ZONE
Publisher: The Viking Press
Publication Date: 1979
Edition: First Edition; First Printing.
Book Description The Viking Press, 1979. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Used book in very good condition. Seller Inventory # 082418-01
Book Description The Viking Press, 1979. Hardcover. Condition: Fair. Dust Jacket Condition: Fair. 1st Edition. Story of an individual that gains the ability to scan other peoples minds. Book is in fair condition-a few of the first pages have some water damage. Seller Inventory # ABE-1517505651312
Book Description Viking: NY, 1979. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition; First Printing. Very good first book club edition. Looks like the Trade edition but lacks a price on front flap. Free of former owner writing or bookplates or remainder marks. Very good non priced first state DJ with 0879 date code on lower front flap. Jacket small wear to extremities and light shelf rub. (This book is in our possession. We ship most books six days a week and will confirm with tracking number for domestic orders or customs number for non domestic). Seller Inventory # 14057
Book Description The Viking Press, New York, 1979. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good+. First Edition; First Printing. Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 426 pages; 1st printing. Soundly bound and clean in original pictorial dust jacket with publisher's $11.95 issue price intact to unclipped front flap. Dust jacket lightly shelf rubbed at edges with a few very short nicks and short closed tears. Light to moderate sunning to the pink/re lettering of King's name at the spine with color leeched to white. Some light shelf scratching and rub to jacket surfaces. Decent 1st edition copy. VG/G++ or better. Seller Inventory # 36418
Book Description The Viking Press. Hardcover. Condition: Good. 0670260770 1979 Viking hard cover - 1st edition 1st printing - not book club - $11.95 price on dust jacket flap - some wear to edge of dust jacket - some scuffing to cover - some staining to closed page edge - otherwise binding strong contents clean - enjoy. Seller Inventory # SKU1017308
Book Description The Viking Press, New York, 1979. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. 1st Edition. First published in 1979 stated. 6 1/4 x 9 1/2 Book; binding tight, straight boards have mild soiling with light toning to top edges; minor soiling to edges with 1" crease to bottom corner three pages else text free of marks, appears gently read. Dust jacket ($11.95) has mild to moderate bumping and chipping with small paper loss to mostly spine and flap fold ends, 1/2" closed tear to top of each cover with moderate wrinkling to spine and rear cover. Under archival quality mylar cover. Photos upon request. Packed well and shipped in a sturdy box. Seller Inventory # 101717AE2S
Book Description The Viking Press, 1979. Hardcover. Condition: Collectible: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. New York: The Viking Press, 1979. First edition. Hardcover. 424 pp. Very good, in a very good unclipped jacket. Book has bumped spine ends. Front pastedown has a worn spot. Bottom edge of text block is spotted. Prior owner's name blacked out on front free endpaper. Jacket has a touch of edge wear, faint scratches, and lightly bumped spine ends. Seller Inventory # 070683
Book Description Viking Adult August, 1979, New York, 1979. Hardback. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Fourth Printing. Black paper-covered boards with black backstrip and gilt lettering. Light edgewear and minor scuffing to boards. Text is clean and bright, no marks. Unclipped DJ with $11.95 price shows rubbing to edges, small chips and tears to head and heel of spine. A nice early copy of this classic thriller. Seller Inventory # E32817
Book Description Viking Press, New York, N.Y. [0-670-26077-0] 1979, 1st edition; later printing. (hardcover) Fine in very good dust jacket. 426pp. 8vo. Minimal edgewear to DJ and it is missing $11.95. The publisher's address is not correct, but the book itself is tight, square and free of blemish. Seller Inventory # 122920
Book Description The Viking Press, 1979. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. First edition (FP). Black cloth spine, black boards, gilt titles. Book very good with aging to paper, small hole to cloth at spine. DJ very good minus with 3-in. closed wrinkle-tear at back panel, rubbing. 426 pp. Seller Inventory # 15041