The police confront Richards, but he bluffs his way onto a plane past both them and the lead Hunter, Evan McCone, by pretending to be carrying an explosive charge powerful enough to destroy the entire facility. The book has a total of 101 chapters, laid out in a "countdown" format. Don't confuse it with the horrible movie version, they have almost nothing in common. The book ends with the plane crashing into the tower, resulting in the deaths of Richards and Killian. It was collected in 1985 in the omnibus The Bachman Books. Average score for this quiz is 9 / 15. The first is titled "Minus 100 and Counting ..." with the numbers decreasing, ending with the last chapter called "Minus 000 and Counting" (or, in some versions, simply "000"). However, Killian calls Richards aboard the plane and reveals that he knows Richards has no explosives, as the plane's security system would have detected them. 28-year-old Ben Richards, an impoverished resident of the fictional Co-Op City, is unable to find work, having been blacklisted from his trade. Stephen King Fans: The Running Man - Book 13: 50 157: May 15, 2020 08:34AM Club literario: 10ª lectura: EL FUGITIVO (10.09.2018-04.11.2018) 117 88: Aug 25, 2019 01:19PM Play Book Tag: The Running Man by Stephen King (Richard Bachman) - 3 stars: 7 23: Jul 16, 2018 07:23AM Stephen King Fans: The Running Man-Bachman : 107 466 Throckmorton, Cassie : Sister of Stacey: Throckmorton, Stacey : A 7-year-old boy who helped Ben escape from Boston. Richards is hesitant to take the offer, worried that his family will become a target. The summer before, a neighbor's cat was accidentally killed when another neighbor's dog chased it under the mower. Harold, though unnerved, allows the lawnmower man to return to work. "The Lawnmower Man" is a short story by Stephen King, first published in the May 1975 issue of Cavalier and later collected in King's 1978 collection Night Shift. Richards learns from Bradley that the air is severely polluted and that the city's poor have become a permanent underclass. The film was later made into a video game released on several home computer platforms. As the police and the Hunters close in on the safe house, Richards is wounded, but manages to escape and spends the night sleeping at an abandoned construction site. The Running Man is a dystopian thriller novel by American writer Stephen King, first published under the pseudonym Richard Bachman in 1982 as a paperback original. Difficulty: Average. His gravely ill daughter Cathy needs medicine, and his wife Sheila has resorted to prostitution to bring in money for the family. The contestant earns $100 per hour that he stays alive and avoids capture, an additional $100 for each law enforcement officer or Hunter he kills, and a grand prize of $1 billion if he survives for 30 days. A van reading "Pastoral Greenery" soon pulls up to his home. While spending three days in Manchester, Richards learns that another contestant has been killed, and he dreams that Bradley has betrayed him after being tortured. After rigorous physical and mental testing, Richards is selected to appear on The Running Man, the Network's most popular, lucrative, and dangerous program.  King created "Richard Bachman" to be his long-term alias, not just a temporary writing identity, but the author's real identity was leaked to the media shortly after the publication of the fifth Bachman novel, Thinner (1984). Host of the Running Man show. Although Bachman is now known to be King, King has revived the Bachman pen-name for two further novels: The Regulators (1996) and Blaze (2007). He sneaks away through a sewer pipe and emerges in the city's impoverished ghetto, where he takes shelter with gang member Bradley Throckmorton and his family. In 2025, the world's economy is in shambles and America has become a totalitarian dystopia. The man working for the service, a hairy, pot-bellied fellow, is shown the overgrown back lawn and is hired. When Harold revives, the lawnmower man explains that this new method, introduced by his boss, grants substantial benefits, and that he makes sacrificial victims of customers who cannot appreciate the process. The novel closes with the description, "The explosion was tremendous, lighting up the night like the wrath of God, and it rained fire twenty blocks away.". The novel is set in a dystopian United States during the year 2025, in which the nation's economy is in ruins and world violence is rising.