Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 3, 2014 - Fiction - 448 pages
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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.

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I genuinely enjoyed the plot and character development. - Goodreads
A page turner, even though the writing is not great. - Goodreads
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Slow start but wow what an ending! - Goodreads
Not bad. Police procedural. - Goodreads
Stephen King is my storytelling hero. - Goodreads

Review: Mr. Mercedes (Bill Hodges Trilogy #1)

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This book was great! It was very interesting and had a great plot. I do feel though that this book was JUST SO LONG!! It was only about 430 pages but it just seemed like the story was long, I guess? I ... Read full review

Another great book from Stephen King!

User Review  - Chanti - Tesco

I bought this book as a Christmas gift to my husband. He loved it so much! Read full review

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Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes the forthcoming Finders Keepers, Revival, Mr. Mercedes (nominated for an Edgar), Doctor Sleep, and Under the Dome, now a major TV miniseries on CBS. His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

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