Mr. Mercedes is a crime fiction novel, without any of the usual supernatural elements I love in a King book.  It does have it's share of horror, which is an integral part of the story.  The unlikely hero of the book, Detective Bill Hodges, and his unlikely crew of crime fighters are well-developed and memorable.  The story is unpredictable and well conceived.  The villain, Brady Hartfield and his mother are equally fascinating and disturbing.  

Although I wouldn't call it one of my favorites, Mr. Mercedes was a very good read, kept me interested and at 400 or so pages, it went fast.  Highly recommended.


Synopsis from Amazon:

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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AuthorJoe Camillieri