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Mr. Mercedes: A Novel (The Bill Hodges Trilogy) Paperback – January 6, 2015
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King’s interest in crime fiction was evident from his work for the Hard Case Crime imprint—The Colorado Kid (2005) and Joyland (2013)—but this is the most straight-up mystery-thriller of his career. Retired Detective Bill Hodges is overweight, directionless, and toying with the idea of ending it all when he receives a jeering letter from the Mercedes Killer, who ran down 23 people with a stolen car but evaded Hodges’ capture. With the help of a 17-year-old neighbor and one victim’s sister (who, in proper gumshoe style, Hodges quickly beds), Hodges begins to play cat-and-mouse with the killer through a chat site called Under Debbie’s Blue Umbrella. Hodges’ POV alternates with that of the troubled murderer, a Norman Bates–like ice-cream-truck driver named Brady Hartfield. Both Hodges and Hartfield make mistakes, big ones, leaving this a compelling, small-scale slugfest that plays out in cheery suburban settings. This exists outside of the usual Kingverse (Pennywise the Clown is referred to as fictive); add that to the atypical present-tense prose, and this feels pretty darn fresh. Big, smashing climax, too. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: No need to rev the engine here; this baby will rocket itself out of libraries with a loud squeal of the tires. --Daniel Kraus --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
"Pays off exuberantly... Surprising and invigorating." (Megan Abbott The New York Times)
"Classic Stephen King. Creepy, yet realistic characters that get under your skin and stay there, a compelling story that twists and turns at breakneck speed, and delightful prose that, once again, proves that one of America’s greatest natural storytellers is also one of its finest writers." (Associated Press)
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Being the 4,914 review here for this book, I will not go into details. I have been having a love affair with Stephen King since his first work was published decades ago.
MR. MERCEDES is creepy, filled with true to life characters, ones that you will really care about. This reads like opening windows, one after the other being opened and giving readers thrills, chills, and suspense. The suspense and non-stop action really make this book a winner -- there were times while reading that I could barely sit still, I was so tense and braced for the next surprise.
This isn't a vampire/zombie/werewolf/secret powers type of book and that fact alone makes it all the more scarier -- REAL life is much more frightening than make believe. This book is about a troubled person, an act of horror and death, and the effects this one deed has on several people, their lives, and their commitment to each other and to helping save others.
Rumor has it there is a book coming out this summer that will feature some of the beloved characters from MR. MERCEDES. That's good.
As always, Stephen King continues to entertain and make us stay up into the wee hours of the morning reading, wondering, reveling in his magic. I highly recommend MR. MERCEDES to one and all. It will not disappoint.
The tension at the end was almost unbearable. The finish was absolute but (here's that magic again) left the story open for another in a series. Bingo. It's out. And I can't wait to finish this review and get to reading.
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First thing is first, the plot. It is predictable and boring.Read more