Mr. Mercedes

Mr. Mercedes

A Novel

eBook - 2014
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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 Hartsfield 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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Scribner, [2014]
ISBN: 9781476754468
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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Nov 15, 2018

so lame and not in the Stephen King Style at ALL....the trilogy was bogus, I don't think he even wrote it like everything else out on the market today and doesnt have secret cool monsters or good message or anything... S. K. at his worst ladies and gentlemen

May 31, 2018

Not my favourite Stephen King but still a well told story. They can't all be Gunslinger!

Feb 20, 2018

Disappointingly weak ending.
Started out like the book would be a good read. Interesting storyline and characters.
But when the much decorated and successful detective (recently retired) began displaying mannerisms that contradicted characteristics necessary to have delivered on those past successes, the story took a downwards turn.
King seems to have developed some lazy writing habits of late, particularly one of dragging a story out beyond its "due date".
Following my earlier impressions of the book, I had thought about watching the Book-to-TV 10-part series, but the weak second half put an end to those intentions.

Nov 21, 2017

I guess this book was just not what I expected it to be. I loved the beginning, but the rush of anxiety, anticipation and excitement really didn't hit me again until the ending, and without the original intensity. The writing style bugged me sometimes, like the main character was subtly trying to come across as 'cool' or 'hip', or some of the character habits and interactions themselves. Most of the time I was able to look past it, but I couldn't everytime.
Honestly I felt like the story was a bit anticlimactic, and I don't feel the need to finish anymore books in the Bill Hodges Trilogy.

Oct 17, 2017

Good book, slow at parts, but still entertaining.

Oct 10, 2017

A very good read from the best of the best.
The characters are well developed, plot thrilling.

Aug 24, 2017

A thrilling book about a suicidal detective pursuing a psychopathic mass murder, Stephen King tries to make his first realistic suspense crime drama story. A retired cop, Bill Hodges, has nothing to live for but finally, finds a purpose when he receives a letter from the supposed killer taunting him. Bradley Hartsfesid, the terrorist, works two dead end jobs and lives with his alcoholic mother, with a murky past we see his frustrations in this dual narrative novel. This is a race against time book, but personally, I didn't think the book was well put together, it was quite typical and cliche.
- @Florence of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Mr Mercedes by Stephen King was a great novel. I read it during the summer and I thought it was very interesting. I have read novels by Stephen King including 11/22/63 and IT, and this book sure didn't let me down. This book is about a murderer that taunts an ex-detective. The murderer sends a variety of emails and letters to the detective, and information and other important details begin to unravel from there! I would rate this book a solid 5/5, mainly because I love mysteries, especially horror-related ones! Stephen King is an extraordinary writer. I think readers would love this book because it is very complex, and has a really scary vibe! @Montgomery of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Feb 06, 2017

King's thriller/police procedural, while outside his usual horror/fantasy niche, doesn't feel forced or awkward. That's because, above all, he's a master plotter and a magician with the machineries of suspense writing. Fans will find his usual pop cultural and political mini-sermons here and there, which can sometimes seem clunky and out of place, but they're few and far between, and don't hinder an otherwise well-wrought express train of a thriller.

Oct 17, 2016

While the plot is, in fact, quite predictable, I (as a part of today's youth) believe King did a great job at portraying Jerome. Actually, about half of the kids I know act just like Jerome. And while the way Hodges is like is cliche, it's believable and, I'm sure, relatable to some. The way he added in Brady's perspective was new. I had never seen any author add in the bad guy's perspective before. The plot was flowing, easy to follow and it jumped in quickly. Plus nothing that happened seemed improbable, as most authors tend to do. For example, when Holly whacked Brady over the head with the Happy Slapper. Holly just hit Brady just enough, and when Jerome said stop, she stopped and got to the matter at hand. Most authors would have had Holly keep hitting Brady out of rage, then Jerome would have grabbed her shoulders and ripped the Slapper out of her hands yelling at her or something equally as melodramtic. And lastly, all the detail that was piled on wasn't excessive, but to the extent to where it was like a movie in my mind. While it may not be as great as The Shining or The Dark Tower series (my favorite) it was certainly a wonderful read.

Sep 19, 2016

I think King is showing his age with this book. His characterization of Jerome (a 17 year old boy) is especially off the mark - nowhere near any semblance of today's youth, no matter how tech-savvy or intelligent they are. This character is also African-American and comes very close to tripping over a stereotypical portrait of an upper-class African-American family. It's really almost clichéd.
Beyond that, it seems to me that King is playing on either his fantasies or just the generalized fantasies of retired, white men with this novel. The chance to solve a big mystery and instantly fall into bed with a woman 20 years younger should really get that sub-culture's juices going. For me, it was SO lame.
That said, the book is all plot and moves along quickly, with no challenging moments to speak of.

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Oct 17, 2016

"'Oh my happy clapping Jesus,"... King 389

Oct 17, 2016

"Brady smiles back, thinking, You don't know the half of it, you crippled bitch." King 388

Aug 02, 2014

buon pomeriggio.


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siammarino Jun 24, 2014

Bill Hodges is a memorable character in this novel: overweight but smart and likeable, he refuses to give up on an unsolved case involving a mass murderer. But it's Holly who really steals the show at the end: reclusive but courageous and computer saavy, it is she who incapacitates the killer.


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