A cat-and-mouse suspense thriller featuring a retired homicide detective who's haunted by the few cases he left open, and by one in particular - the pre-dawn slaughter of eight people among hundreds gathered in line for the opening of a jobs fair when the economy was guttering out. Without warning, a lone driver ploughed through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes.
The plot is kicked into gear when Bill Hodges receives a letter in the mail, from a man claiming to be the perpetrator. He taunts Hodges with the notion that he will strike again. Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, hell-bent on preventing that from happening. Brady Hartfield lives with his alcoholic mother in the house where he was born. And he's preparing to kill again. Only Hodges, with a couple of misfit friends, can apprehend the killer in this high-stakes race against time. Because Brady's next mission, if it succeeds, will kill or maim hundreds, even thousands.
©2014 Stephen King (P)2014 Simon & Schuster
Stephen King can spin a yarn with the best. In fact, his books seem more alive and engaging and than many other authors.
I'm not a huge fan of his strictly horror writing, but if he can continue in this vein I'll read them all!
Stephen King is a great writer and understands all the ways to keep you on the edge of your seat. Also, Will Paton is a great storyteller. This is win-win combination.
Absolutely. I think it's just the way the story was written and read. The pace is just right and it never lets up. My mind usually wanders when listening to books or I can't wait for the book to end so that I can listen to a new one, but this never happened while listening to Mr Mercedes and it's quite a long book.
No, but I'll definately look out for other books written by him.
The chase is on!
Credit well spent!
Movie loving Brit living Down Under. Anything 'end of the world' themed usually gets my attention, but The Stand has yet to be beat.
Starts of well but soon drops off. There's no mystery, no tension and no real plot. The bad guy is one of King's weakest creations, as is the hero, and the story around them is equally as bland and unmemorable as they are.
One thing Mr Mercedes proves is that King really needs to either get someone who understands how the interwebs work or stop writing stories that feature it as a main plot point. The same goes for computers and car security systems for that matter.
It's all just so disappointing and mediocre. It's not bad so much as wholly unremarkable. There's nothing about it that makes the book feel like a King book.
Will Patton is a quality narrator though but when the best thing about an audiobook is the bloke reading it, something, somewhere, has gone very wrong.
Took a bit of getting in to, but then - BAM! Well paced, plenty of action, great characters. The thing is with Stephen King, you're never quite sure if he's going to kill off the lead characters at any moment, keeps you on the edge of your seat!
I don't think I've ever read anything like this before.
Fantastic. Loved listening to him and his lovely gravelly voice was perfect for the story.
Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the job fair.
Ah Stephen - you just get better and better!
I love king, he is an inspiration and a someone i wish I could one day, in this life or the next, have the opportunity to meet, shake hands with and say "Thank you!" one big genuine, heart felt and deep "THANK YOU!" This book however was a disappointment it lacked the magic his other books held for me. Yet , King have so much credit in my little vault that everything is forgiven. Thank you
"Hard to stop listening"
Great story from the outset, one of those you know within 10 minutes you are going to really enjoy. Characters are all great and you begin to quickly believe in each of them as genuine and believable people, even Mr Mercedes himself. There are no paranormal elements in this book at all, which Stephen King is obviously best known for. This was what drew to listen to the book, I was interested to see how that worked out and all I can say that it worked out very well indeed. I believe this may be part 1 of a planned trilogy and it would be great to go back to these superb characters for another story how ever this book has definite ending which does not leave you waiting for the story to complete in the next instalment.
"So disappointed its over..."
What a sad moment when this wonderful story came to an end. I almost never write reviews but this King classic was so gripping, my usual 10 minutes listen before sleep turned into a conflicted obsession of wanting to hear more and not wanting it to end.
The finale doesn't disappoint and doesn't suck and wasn't in a hurry to get there as some novels head towards an obvious end, this still had gripping content right to the end
Will Patton's ability to portray each of the characters in such a believable way, I was so sucked in and it was all totally real to me - took me there and dumped me right in the middle.
Just brilliant, I want another one just like this for my holiday - heck, maybe I'll even listen to it again!
"A gripping and absorbing thriller"
This Stephen King at his best - he is really much more than a horror writer, for those who don't already know that. It's his superb characterisation that is so special. His characters are fully realised, to the point that you feel you know them - even the evil ones. This is an "old fashioned" thriller, by which I don't mean dated or predictable, but simply a rattling good story which is scary, humorous, and moving - all human life is there as a disreputable newspaper used to say. It is hugely enjoyable and I found it difficult to pause once I had started. The narrator gives a beautifully judged performance and I would recommend this book to anyone - especially those who think Stephen King is not for them.
"Best King Novel. Best Narration!"
I have not read the print version but this audio version was just amazing
When the mother eats the burgers
Will Patton's narration is absolutely fantastic. he brought every character to life and, very subtly, gave each character and chapter a beautifully effective change of tone that seemed to put you right inside the head of the characters. His portrayal of the killer was particularly impressive and carried, at once, a chilling coldness and sick humour that you could not help but grin at. Best characterisations i have heard since The Cuckoos Calling
No, i bought it on holiday and hoped it would last me for the full two weeks but i just couldn't stop listening to it. Finished it in just four sittings. I hoped it wouldn't end
I have around 200 books in my audible library (or thereabouts) and this is in my top 2 fiction without a doubt. Only the Cuckoo's Calling comes close to this in my opinion
"A below-par detective story"
I should start this review by explaining that I'm on a roll with Stephen King right now, having recently completed the excellent '11-22-63' followed by 'The Stand' (Brilliant) and then 'The Dome' (absolutely gripping). I therefore approached 'Mr Mercedes' with a deal of anticipation at enjoying the newest offering from one of the master story-tellers of our time.
I'm still not sure what happened, but this book was largely a bit of a let-down. The overall premise (a retired cop being stalked by a criminal he failed to catch) is sound enough, but as the story unfolds it's all a bit clumsy. Added to this there are two significant plot twists that you can see coming a mile away, and Mr King is known for being able to spring twists and turns on the reader out of the blue.
And that's the rub; the writing style just isn't King's. The dialogue doesn't snap the way it does in his other works, and the storyline is pedestrian at best.
On a plus note, Will Patton's narration was excellent, just the right amount of inflection so you could tell the characters apart without it decending into a radio play. Would like to hear more from him
I think I'll get one of his classics next, just to remind myself how exceptional a writer King is.
"So, so brilliant"
An exciting read. A great story and I just didn't want it to end. King can really get the reader to get inside a character's head. I loved and was rooting for the main character, Bill Hodges, and I was utterly mesmerised by the bad guy. Both very believable.
This is a fantastic book. I have come late to Stephen King - but more like this please, SK!
Will Patton is now one of my favourite narrators on the back of this - along with Jeff Harding.
"Oh this is good!"
King at his best. There have been a couple of Stephen King novels that have not grabbed me 'Dream Catcher' and 'The Gunslinger' to name but two, but the characterisation, compelling story coupled with the outstanding narration from Will Patton make this a blinding book. I found it really hard to put down.
Full 5 star rating from me
"Not just for King fans"
The story is well told and keeps you guessing. The build up to the climax is really tense and I couldn't put the book down.
Jerome - funny and intelligent
The climax - really tense
It's not just for Stephen King fans - any fan of crime and detective novels will enjoy this too.
This is fantastic
Easy to listen to and great story more Murder mystery than Kings usual horrow which is amazing. I Would rank this higher than a lot of the best sellers.
Story was gripping right until the end. The murderer got what he deserved and it was a great moment.
The story teller brings excitement to the story and his voice is not boring or drone.
This book was so addictivie you could listen to it in one session
"King with a new twist"
Great new take on the detective classic from the master of suspense. The King ingredients (normal Joe hero; twisted villain; odd cast of losers who join together against the forces of darkness) are played to their best here. Well worth the listen
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