Mr. Mercedes: Book summary and reviews of Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

Mr. Mercedes

Bill Hodges Trilogy

by Stephen King

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King X
Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
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  • Published in USA  Jun 2014
    448 pages
    Genre: Novels

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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 Hartsfield 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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"King excels in his disturbing portrait of Brady, a genuine monster in ordinary human form who gives new meaning to the phrase'the banality of evil." - Publisher's Weekly

"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." - Booklist

"Nicely dark, never predictable and altogether entertaining." - Kirkus Reviews

"Pays off exuberantly .... Surprising and invigorating." - The New York Times

"It is a rich, resonant, exceptionally readable accomplishment by a man who can write in whatever genre he chooses." - Washington Post

"A taut, suspenseful race-against-time book ... [King is] in reliably fine form." - The New York Times

"A taut, calibrated thriller ... The majority of the book is merciless and unforgiving, and the scariest thing about it is how plausible the whole scenario is." - Miami Herald

"The nerve-shredding denouement is vintage King—a pulse-pounding race against time ..." - Fort Worth Star-Telegram

"A full-throttle sprint to the finish; the last 80 pages cannot be doled out over multiple reading sessions. You'll have to swallow them all in a single gulp." - Sarasota Herald Tribune

"A literary Van de Graaff generator: tightly paced and parsed with dynamic dialogue and traumatic twists." - Columbus Dispatch

"An oh-so-dark mystery that never shuts the door on love, loss and, possibly, redemption." - Cleveland Plain Dealer

"King deftly takes elements of hard-boiled mysteries and puts a fresh spin on them." - USA Today

"A showdown between good and evil that characterizes the best of King's work, regardless of genre." - Los Angeles Times

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Stephen King Author Biography

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Stephen Edwin King is an American author of contemporary horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy. His books have sold more than 350 million copies, many of which have been adapted into feature films, miniseries, television shows, and comic books. King has published seven novels, under the pen name Richard Bachman. Many of his stories are set in his home state of Maine.

King has received Bram Stoker Awards, World Fantasy Awards, and British Fantasy Society Awards. His novella The Way Station (1980) was a Nebula Award novelette nominee. In 2003, the National Book Foundation awarded him the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. His short story The Man in the Black Suit (1994) received the O. Henry Award. He has also received awards for his ...

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