This novel contains examples of:
* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: When Mark [[spoiler:manages to struggle out of his bonds using Harry Houdini techniques and overpower Straker.]]
* FridgeLogic: How did Barlow enter Mark's family's home without an invitation first?
** FridgeBrilliance: We later learn [[spoiler:in the Franchise/TheDarkTower that Barlow really is [[TimeAbyss far older than Christianity itself]], so it's probably safe to assume that being so powerful he was able to ignore this rule.]]
The 2004 miniseries contains examples of:
* RetroactiveRecognition: In this version, Mark Petrie is played by Dan Byrd who would later be known as [[CougarTown Travis Cobb]].
* TheWoobie: Dud Rodgers, who despite having a hunched back and living in a landfill, was happy and good natured. Then Ruth dumps him and her dad has his best friend fire him. Then the Barlow makes him an offer.
** TearJerker: Poor guy deserved better.