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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    ericson 06-19-15
    ericson 06-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Stephen King at his best!"

    Good stuff and kept me interested all the way thru.Just like I expected so I got the next book on this series.I

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    Trenetra 06-18-15
    Trenetra 06-18-15 Member Since 2015

    Lover of books....

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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, but I would have to let them know about the excessive and unnecessary use of the N-word. It is Stephen King's favorite word.


    Would you recommend Mr. Mercedes to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, but I would have to let them know about the excessive and unnecessary use of the N-word. It is Stephen King's favorite word.


    Do you think Mr. Mercedes needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I think it already has a follow up.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the story for the most part, but once you show the main character is racist...WE GET IT. There is no need for the N-word to be used each and every time the African American family is spoken about. I left a review a few days ago, but I suppose it wasn't what Audible wanted...so I will post a second review. Mr. King WE GET IT...you don't have to continue on with the N family the N boy the N mom the N dad...WE GET IT.

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    Judy Valencia, CA, United States 06-17-15
    Judy Valencia, CA, United States 06-17-15
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    "King scores in a new genre"

    This was so good. Since it was Stephen King writing, I didn't know what would happen. Lots of breath-taking moments. Great characters.

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    jason Smyrna, TN, United States 06-17-15
    jason Smyrna, TN, United States 06-17-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Ridiculous, predictable, 2 dimensional dialogue..."

    Ridiculous, predictable, 2 dimensional dialogue... I can't decide if King or Koontz is the one declining in good writing faster.

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    SciFi Lefemme 06-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "another King classic"

    loved it. characters co.e alive, as always with Stephen King. Can't wait to read the next one!!

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    bob smith 06-16-15
    bob smith 06-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Cant wait for more"

    The story was keeping me begging for more from the get, and Patton fit the role well again!

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    Jeffrey Hentschel 06-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Wow. It was awesome."

    Great story, excellent narration the first book I've blown through and can't wait for the next in the series. Enjoy!

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    marsthedog 06-15-15
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    "Can't get past Patton's reading"
    What made the experience of listening to Mr. Mercedes the most enjoyable?

    Longtime reader of King books, this was a first on audiobooks.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Stephen King? Why or why not?

    No. Perhaps his stories and characters are better left to the imagination of the reader than formed through someone else's delivery.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Overall his voice started to get to me. I started dreading passages where a woman - especially the sister/love interest - is read by Patton. So breathy and light, it was as though he got his inspiration from Jessica Rabbit. Really detracting for me. I may have to download the written version just to get to the end of the book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not at all. I can barely get through 3 of the 100+ chapters at a time without needing a break from the actor's drawl.


    Any additional comments?

    Hearing King's words spoken made them sound less developed, less interesting than when reading them myself.

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    JOAN 06-15-15
    JOAN 06-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved it!!"

    I've missed this kind of writing from Mr. King. Loved it!

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    liltxtwister Texas 06-15-15
    liltxtwister Texas 06-15-15

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    "Will Patton is a truly gifted narrator!"
    Where does Mr. Mercedes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Mr. Mercedes is one of the best I have listened to this year.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The writing is flawless (and I am not usually a fan of Stephen King), but Will Patton's narration is what brings it to life. The story draws you in from the beginning to the end.


    Which character – as performed by Will Patton – was your favorite?

    Bill Hodges, but they are all great.


    Any additional comments?

    Will Patton is always an excellent narrator, but when he is paired with talented writers like Maggie Stiefvater and James Lee Burke novels, he is mesmerizing.

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