In a mega-stakes, high-suspense race against time, three of the most unlikely and winning heroes Stephen King has ever created try to stop a lone killer from blowing up thousands.
In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes.
In another part of town, months later, a retired cop named Bill Hodges is still haunted by the unsolved crime. When he gets a crazed letter from someone who self-identifies as the "perk" and threatens an even more diabolical attack, Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, hell-bent on preventing another tragedy.
Brady Hartfield lives with his alcoholic mother in the house where he was born. He loved the feel of death under the wheels of the Mercedes, and he wants that rush again. Only Bill Hodges, with a couple of highly unlikely allies, can apprehend the killer before he strikes again. And they have no time to lose, because Brady's next mission, if it succeeds, will kill or maim thousands.
Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.
©2014 Stephen King (P)2014 Simon & Schuster
Completely devoured this book. I've never been so obsessed with a book as I was with Mr. Mercedes. Seeing as this was the first crime novel I read by Stephen King, I didn't know what to expect but, as with all of his books, do you ever really know what to expect from King?
I loved the dual stories of the retired detective, Bill Hodges and the sadistic killer, Brady Hartsfield throughout the book. The only time the stories converged was Under Debbie's Blue Umbrella, a private chat website. Any time one of the characters wrote to one another, I had to read on to see how it affected the other.
This is a straight crime novel. No supernatural storytelling or horror. Some might be put off by that since this is a Stephen King novel, but I loved it. Brady Hartsfield will be a character that sticks with me for a while.
A detective mystery that keeps your attention throughout. Mr King continues to demonstrate his uncanny skills in spinning awhile of a yarn with great characters, bad guy and an exciting denouement. Listen to it on the edge of your seat. Will Patton does a wonderful job on the narration as well.
I am so not a Stephen King fan at all, or so I thought. I read because of the high reviews thinking that I would hate it, but loved it. ! So when it came time for me to recommend to my murder mystery book club, they all said No way when they heard it was a Stephen King book. But eventually I talked them into the book, and most of them really ended up enjoyed it! It changed my mind about Stephen King and as well as my friends minds
I had to read it again the 2nd time for the book club as it was at least a year since I read it the first time, and I enjoyed it just as much the 2nd time!
I loved the relationship between Bill Hodges and Jerome, and again Holly. Those three made a wonderful trio of interesting, mismatched trio. I loved Jeromes maturity for his age, and Holly's quirkiness added a 3rd dimension that was very enjoyable.
Being a huge fan of all Stephen King movies I have never actually read any of his books until a friend recommended Mr. Mercedes. His writing is impeccable and the story is gripping, the only reason I didn't give this book a 5 star rating is because of the characters. None of the characters in this book seemed particularly likable or relatable, which I feel is essential to keep the reader inclined while reading the book even if the book is not suppose to touch the reader on an emotional level. Other than that, this book is a 5 star with a hauntingly believable storyline and an excellent ending.
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