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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.
©2014 Stephen King (P)2014 Simon & Schuster
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By Jim "The Impatient" on 07-06-16


Besides building characters we care about King, brings it home by using modern day descriptions. King is a genius, but he has such a way of making people believe he is just a regular Joe. I found it fascinating that he even has the same taste in the news as I do. For instance I have watched NBC news all my life, but when Brian Williams was on, I got so disgusted I moved to CBS to watch Scott Pelley. That was before Williams got caught lying. King has a unique was of describing people such as: SHE LOOKED LIKE PRINCES LEIA ON THE KAREN CARPENTER DIET. As much as King is loved, I honestly believe he is under appreciated.

Having said all that, this is a lot different than most King books. It is King's entry into detective fiction. As other reviewers have mentioned the investigation is not that tight. While I loved being able to see the investigation from the bad guy's view as well as the good guy's, this did not have the twists or surprises that you get with a good mystery book. One time I was surprised with what happened to the bad guy's mother, but other than that it was all predictable. I loved the writing enough for five stars, but to stay in this field, and this is the first of a trilogy, King needs more twists and surprises.

Will Patton is one reason I chose this book. I am always on the LOOKOUT for books narrated by Patton.

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By Joyce on 07-07-14

Love this style of King!!!

I have become a reader/listener of Stephen King again. I had moved away from his books because they became too creepy and outlandish for my taste. He has returned to the days of The Stand and I am loving it. I have read many reviews that dislike this transition because they don't terrify anymore. They are less horror and more thriller! Mr. Mercedes is no different. It is wonderful. It was tense when appropriate and he fleshed out his characters wonderfully. This is right in line with my opinion of Under the Dome but has a more satisfying ending.
This is not 11/22/63 which I feel is his crowning achievement with The Stand being a close second--but it is a headliner in the genre. If you want macabre this is not the book for you. If you want a thriller with a fast pace and an investment in characters I recommend Mr. Mercedes.

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