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Mr. Mercedes (2014)

by Stephen King

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Series: Bill Hodges Trilogy (1)

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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"--… (more)
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Bill Hodges is a retired police who is not well adjusted to being retired. His ponderances are leaning in the suicide direction. Sitting watching TV every afternoon, fingering a gun that belonged to his father.
When he retired, there were four cases that were left unsolved. One of them was the Mercedes case, when someone drove through a crowd of people waiting at a job fair. Eight people, including one baby were killed, numerous others being hurt.
Bill receives a letter from the alleged perpetrator of said massacre and is drawn back into a sense of his old life.

This is definitely different than most Stephen King books, but I am a huge fan, now and forever, and the man knows how to write. ( )
  JReynolds1959 | Nov 22, 2020 |
I really enjoyed this book. Stephen King is a genius.
He can write about so many Genres.

Retired Cop Bill Hodges is home alone a bit depressed, then out of the Blue he is contacted by the Perpetrator of the biggest crime that Hodges couldnt solve, the Spree Killer at the Convention centre who had mown down and killed several people in a stolen Mercedes car.

Hodges has nothing to lose and starts to investigate and get the Murderer to open up so he can catch him and kill him.
Hodges falls in love with Janey the Sister of the Mercedes car that was stolen, she had killed herself she couldnt handle the pain. Mr Mercedes aka very evil and intelligent Loser Brady Hartsfield kills Janey.

Hodges along with his part time Gardener Jerome and Holly, Janeys cousin uncover a plan by Hartsfield to blow up the local Concert hall when there is a Boy Band playing. Jeromes Mother and Daughter are in the audience.

They get their in time to save the day.
Hartsfield ends up in a coma.

Good book not nice subject matter and Hartsfield is a very convincing Baddie. ( )
  Daftboy1 | Sep 25, 2020 |
Great read after long time. ( )
  devendradave | Sep 1, 2020 |
I can’t remember which book it was - I think it was “Needful Things, but King’s description of the town in the opening pages was uncanny. Without any self-indulgent flourishes, he paints a picture of the place so vivid, so real. I can’t remember a word he used, but I can still see the town...unfortunately “Mr. Mercedes does not have any of these attributes. It’s genuinely sad in some ways, the current state of affairs with book entertainment. It’s like people watching a cat video on the internet. I suspect that will be too intellectual for some who will slide ever further down the intellect pole to land on TMZ or some other lame celebrity site. It’s tragic how much people will avoid the smart, intelligent Crime Fiction for the cheap laughs and nil of thought factor. It reminds me of Steve Jobs who was so incensed at the rubbish on TV he personally turned us at CBS to complain. He came out dejected when the TV station showed him the dismal ratings CBS got when they showed true intelligent stuff - and then how those ratings soared when CBS aired kittens (or something similar). Must be disheartening for Groundbreaking Crime Fiction. You’d want to be known and respected for clever work - which will guarantee no work at all in your lifetime. So, you make funniest home videos - a right piece of shite in anyone’s language, and make a million. I was pretty disappointed by Mr. Mercedes. Full of clichés (the over weight suicidal detective in his 60s getting the super hot 40 year old after just one meeting -really? The kooky side kick. The mommy issues bad guy) and the story didn't seem to go anywhere. It's also one of those annoying books where it's trying to convince you that this is really what these characters would do, instead of having you believe in the characters action. There are so many opportunities for the main character to call it in to his police buddies, and so many bad reasons given why he doesn't. Then they save the world - yippee! Like a lot of King's stuff but nothing about these characters would make me want to read more about them.



NB: One of the things that I mildly liked in this novel was the way he nails the character of the nerd Brady Hartsfield who becomes a murderous incel...3 stars for that. ( )
  antao | Aug 20, 2020 |
While I prefer his more straight up horror novels, I absolutely loved this. I enjoyed Bill, Jerome, and Holly working together which is perfect because apparently they will be back: https://twitter.com/StephenKing/status/476431669139111936. Yes! ( )
  dizzybea | Aug 15, 2020 |
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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"--

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In the predawn hours, in a distressed American city, hundreds of unemployed men and women line up for the opening of a job fair. They are tired and cold and desperate. Emerging from the fog, invisible until it is too late, 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.

Months later, an ex-cop named Bill Hodges, still haunted by the unsolved crime, contemplates suicide. When he gets a crazed letter from "the perk", claiming credit for the murders, Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, fearing another even more diabolical attack and hell-bent on preventing it.

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 eccentric and mis-matched 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.
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