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Mr. Mercedes


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ISBN13: 9781476754451
ISBN10: 1476754454
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In a Midwestern city, a killer plows through an unsuspecting crowd in a Mercedes, setting in motion a terrifying chain of events. Stephen King's Mr. Mercedes is a perfect summer read — page-turningly suspenseful, well-written, and unnervingly familiar.
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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.

About the Author

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes Doctor Sleep and Under the Dome, now a major TV miniseries on CBS. His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers Association. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

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BeckyM, August 8, 2014 (view all comments by BeckyM)
I have always been a Stephen King fan, except for the really gruesome few that I started and put down. This book kept me reading from the first words on, and although there are a few gruesome parts and some ripe language, it was engaging and a great thrill ride to the end. As usual, I was in awe of his way with characterization and his ability to forge a novel that you can't put down. Highly recommended!
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Cristal, July 2, 2014 (view all comments by Cristal)
If you like aliens, cats that come back to life, or creepy clowns, this is not the book for you. If you love well-written King books, it is. If you enjoyed Shawshank, Stand By Me, and ect., this book will make you happy. 11/22/63 was good, but still used the supernatural to move the story, and here it's just people. I think King is at his best when he uses the characters that always feel real.

Enjoy a good story? Tired of the usual crap? Read this.
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Ryan DeJonghe, June 10, 2014 (view all comments by Ryan DeJonghe)
MR. MERCEDES retains the classic King without any signs of paranormal or hauntings. This does what King does best: tells a dang good story.

I’m going to try giving you a good description of what to expect, without giving away any spoilers. As you can tell from the book’s summary, there are two main characters: the retired detective and the seemingly out-of-his mind killer. The thing is, this killer was the biggest unsolved case for the detective. The killer takes advantage of this and pesters the detective through anonymous letters and via a website. You can see some of this exchange by going to the website “Under Debbie’s Blue Umbrella” and put in “kermitfrog19” as your password.

On the detective side, we are witness to an older man finding his way in the world post-force. Daytime TV, love, and diets included. Some may say this is a bit boring; others will see the story element of this. Now the real reason to keep reading: the killer side. This dude is nuts. He’s the reason you’ll keep flipping the pages. There’s a bit of taboo there, but if you’ve read King, it ain’t anything new to you. Here’s one little hint of things to come (same as some of what the book’s description alludes to): is King twisted enough to blow up Harry Styles?

Many folks say King needs an editor. He has one. Some of the “lazy” phrases are classic King. When he slaps a ho-hum at the end of a paragraph, you can picture him sitting in his chair, typing out the story, making it his own. It adds to the page count, it hovers in non-action moments, but it has all of his signature. It’s authentic and it’s what his fans expect.

In the end, this isn’t King’s craziest or best. However, it is a well told story that’ll stick in your head after the pages close. It’s vivid and believable. This is definitely a summer read you’ll want to be a part of.

Thanks to Scribner for sending this book to me for review. King is what got me to put away some of my childish things and dig into reading. I’m a better person because of it. Thanks, Sai King.
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King, Stephen
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