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What a great trilogy, Stephen King's 3 Bill Hodges' books are..and WOW, Will Patton -there couldn't be a better narrator for these books!
King has written something different here, in the first," Mr Mercedes", police detective 'Kermit' Bill Hodges and partner searches for the horrific murderer who barreled a stolen Metcedes Benz into a before dawn group of people, lined up tfor entrance to a job fair. "Mr Mercedes" is something very different for King..a suspense murder mystery.....
In Book 2, "Finders Keepers", retired police detective AKA the 'Ret Det' falls in love and finds an unusual business partner. Again, Patton nails Holly "Berry", the OCD, slightly psychotic woman who is the daughter of the sister of the...well you have to read the story..imagine, King writing a real love story. Even side characters in the book, the Robinson family, are written so well and narrated so beautifully that we really get to know them.
In "End of Watch", 6 years after the massacre at the City Center job fair, we find Bill Hodges still striving to bring closure for the people who were injured or killed. The murderer, however, has other ideas and continues to kill, again and again. He's still after Hodges and the Robinson family -a real page turner!. The final novel is more typical of Kings work with the addition of suspense and psychic computer programs.
It's difficult to write a review and not insert spoilers...Harshfield is a crazy bad person and though we think he has gotten his just reward, he has something else going on. Hodges is the basic good person but has his own issues. All 3 novels were exciting but the third one is the best IMO.
Thru more than 30 hours of narrative, Will Patton keeps up his exciting and spot on reading..he truly brings the characters to life and we get to know them, with all their problems. I haven't really searched for Pattons work but will from now on. He goes on my list, along with the likes of George Guidell, Luke Daniels and Davina Porter . Patton reads with real heart!
If you haven't been a fan of Stephen King's writing in the past, this trilogy may turn you around. It's not a scary book like "It" or "The Stand", it's so unlike other work and I hope he tries again in the suspense genre.
The trilogy cheap at 3 credits-and so worth the time and money. Really..give it a try!!
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Finders Keepers could be a decent stand alone read (in which case the background you'd miss would be insignificant and the foreshadowing would be irrelevant); the plot is okay and the writing never drags, BUT it is the middle of a trilogy which makes it difficult to evaluate. What a-ha moments are tucked into this mid-section; what brilliant tie-ins that might have us looking back from the final act? Without retrospection, FK is a bridge, and a rating is a bit of a hedged bet.
In Finders Keepers, King revisits the theme of Reading, Writing, and Fans, sans the horror element of the axe-wielding Annie Wilkes. The connections to Mr. Mercedes are whispers that at times portend some return to King's signature style of story telling with book number 3, and at other times seem little more than awkward paste-ins for the sake of connecting this bridge to a beginning and an end. What was missing for me in King's foray into the genre of crime thrillers, was the mystery and the thrill. The story was linear with some elements too coincidental to be reasonably acceptable. We know from the beginning the bad guy (Morris) wants the notebooks and the good guy (Pete) has them. The chase is on, and we know whom must survive to facilitate the finale.
King himself, in an interview you may have read in the NY Times, said about his Hodges trilogy: "The most difficult by far (at least for me) is the novel of mystery. “Mr. Mercedes,” “Finders Keepers” and the forthcoming “The Suicide Prince” — the Hodges trilogy — were extremely difficult. I just can’t fathom how people like Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, Peter Robinson and Ruth Rendell are able to do this in book after book." I appreciate that King dares to venture outside the box we fans sometimes want to confine him to, and that he shares it with us. While many loved this installment, it wasn't the nail-biter that I had hoped would propel me into The Suicide Prince. I suppose FK is a respectable crime thriller. King can hardly do wrong with his mad skills, but the more I read, the more I yearned for the Master of Horror to return to his kingdom. I thought this mid-section of the Hodges trilogy was just a little flabby and unspectacular.
Will Patton is, as usual, fantastic. He captures the killers voice so well that he traps you in this madman's head, you are relieved when Patton lets you out and switches to the gentle voice of young Pete, or the scruffy Detective Hodges. He nails it with each character, both here and in other books I've listened to him narrate.
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