Mr. Mercedes

Mr. Mercedes

A Novel

Book - 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 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"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Scribner,, 2014
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781476754451
Branch Call Number: King
Additional Contributors: King, Stephen, 1947- Mr. Mercedes


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May 15, 2019

I so agree with another reviewer's statement that the first parts of King's books are always the best, and that's very true for this book. For me this is a readable King novel, but not one of his best. What it has going for it is an interesting villain. When King wants to, he can write really good villains, who are also funny at times, and Mr. Mercedes is a good one. I also really like the character of Holly. I did NOT like the character of Janey or the bit about Hodge's romance with her. One reason is that King does not write "normal" women well (unlike the character of Holly) and they either come off as generic, or as silly twits. Janey is a generic silly twit. Also, on re-reading this book I remember how infuriating it was to continually read about Janey wrinkling her nose and saying "yeah." King evidently thought this was charming. It's not, it's incredibly irritating. In the last book, End of Watch, Mr. Mercedes returns and hatches an extremely complicated scheme to get people to kill themselves. King does this very effectively by repeating this character's unattractive mannerism over and over until you want to poke your eyes out. Then she gets killed, and you think, thank god. But it's not over! Throughout the remainder of the book, Hodges reminisces endlessly about Janie wrinkling her nose and saying "yeah," and by the end of the book I didn't like Hodges much either. King really needs a better editor. Still, this is a very readable book if you can stomach the nose-wrinkling, but not one of King's best by a long shot.

Apr 17, 2019

Not a bad effort by Stephen King. As in almost all of his books, I prefer the 1st half better than the 2nd half and this one is no different. Some of the dialogue with Jerome is very familiar to Susannah in "The Dark Tower" series. Did good job in portraying how sick and demented the Mercedes killer is but found myself looking for more character development of Jerome and Holly who turn out to be the main characters of the trilogy. Will read the next sequence of Detective Hodges after letting some time pass.

Feb 22, 2019

I've only read the last book of the trilogy. Slow? Yes. That said, compared to what i call his "Airplane Books" ie. 350 pages of print that's so cookie cutter its not worth a second glance, this book IS worth reading. I agree it's not nearly as eerie & creepy his older books like Misery but hey we all change...
P.S. i obviously plan on reading the first two books.

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

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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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