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Mr. Mercedes: A Novel | [Stephen King]

Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

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. 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.
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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

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    oldrade 02-16-15
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    "great acting, good story."

    great king suspense. He does a great job of taking flawed characters and building them up to heroes in this one. I'm more a fan of his horror where he does the reverse, but Mr Mercedes was still very good.

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    Lesya Novaselskaya 02-10-15 Member Since 2010
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    "It looks like Mr. King writes the same book again"

    So if you read one of them, you probably find everything going on in other ones vaguely familiar. Though the story is pretty dynamic (though full of clichees) and is a good read while long rides or cooking.

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    Tyler MCALLEN, TX, United States 02-05-15
    Tyler MCALLEN, TX, United States 02-05-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Good but far from his best"

    A fun detective adventure full of twist and turns. A little anticlimactic overall but still a lot of fun throughout.

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    Ira 02-03-15
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    "Great!"

    Loved it start to finish. The reader is fantastic. Hard to turn off my car after commute! Several driveway chapters!

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    Jennifer 02-03-15
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    "Good Read"

    High action but lacks the imagination / sci fi themes of his other books. I like the horror & fantasy books better.

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    valerie newport news, VA, United States 02-03-15
    valerie newport news, VA, United States 02-03-15 Member Since 2011

    I listen to books all the time, When I am driving, cleaning, cooking or doing anything quiet. I am AUDOBSESSED!

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    This story starts out with a bang, and never slows down until the very end. It isn't one of Stephen Kings scary creepy novels. I liked it because it is about good and evil.

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    Casey Towle 02-03-15
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    Picked me up and didn't let me down. Classic King writing style. Good for listening on tape.

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    "Was sad to see it end"

    I enjoyed listening to this book. The narrator bright the characters to life. Every Time I began to listen I was pulled back in to the story. Wanting to hear more. At the end I began searching for more of Mr. Kings books. I have already listened to Joyland and enjoyed it very much. Another great narration. Enjoy

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    Timothy Van Mieghem Park Ridge, IL USA 02-02-15
    Timothy Van Mieghem Park Ridge, IL USA 02-02-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Not the usual storyline!"

    Stephen King is really about character development. So fun to dive into other people and learn how they would think. He gets how other people think. What a gift!

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    Lisa Travel all over North America all the time. 01-28-15
    Lisa Travel all over North America all the time. 01-28-15 Member Since 2013
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    As always King delivered another great story and the reading was excellent. If you're a King fan I must say this is more of a crazy serial killer than typical King spooky/sci-fi but still great writing and I recommend it!

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