I read "The Colorado Kid" looking for answers. That was my first mistake.
Before I get into the "Haven" spiel, let me give you my thoughts on "The Colorado Kid":
Here is a basic summary of the story. It is about two newspaper guys, Vince and Dave, who tell their intern about a mystery that was never solved and could never be told because there are just too many questions. It's a story within a story. Frame stories are a favorite of mine. The mystery is about a dead body that turns up on a beach in Maine. The body, it is later discovered, is from Colorado which is where the name, The Colorado Kid, comes from. How the body got there at that time, with the items it had, how did he die, etc? As I stated earlier, I read this story looking for answers. Don't do that. This story will not give you answers, it will make you ask more questions, and that is kinda the point.
I don't know how to put this to words. I guess I associated with the intern in the story. She was clever and had basically been adopted by the two newspaper guys. I want to be the kind of person that can answer the questions she was asked. This leads me to one of the things I liked about this book. They gave you the answers they asked for. When the newspaper guys asked their intern what was missing from the story or why the story can't be told, the intern gave the right answer the first time. As a reader, you don't get caught up in the wrong answers. At the same time, I'm not really sure I like having the answers given to me. I guess I'd rather have the answers given than come to the wrong conclusions and get confused by the story.
The story is short, and if you like a good mystery then go for it. Don't expect answers though. This is not a story that is neatly tied up at the end. If anything, it's more of a mystery than when it began. It wasn't my favorite and I occasionally found my attention wandering, but it's worth a read.
Now let's talk about "The Colorado Kid" and "Haven". The commonalities involve a couple of the same characters and The Colorado Kid newspaper article shows up regularly. That's pretty much where the similarities end. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the show. I think they will find some answers for The Colorado Kid case later in the show, so I will keep tuning in. When I watch superhero movies, my favorite part is when the superhero is discovering their powers. Turns out that's what happens in every episode of "Haven". I went into the show expecting a Stephen King style show. Not so much. Oh well, I still like it.