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Mr. Mercedes: A Novel
by Stephen King
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PublisherScribner
Release Date2014-06-03 (added to CC 30 Jun 2014)
Amazon Sales Rank14
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.

Member Reviews
(11 Apr 2016)
(2 Jul 2015)
Once I began reading, I couldn't put it down, but that's how I am with all of Stephen King's books. Mr. Mercedes delves into the mind of a mass murderer and much of the characters are seen through his eyes. A retired detective and his two partners, a high school boy and an mentally challenged woman help him solve the case that nearly kills four thousand people in a concert.

It's a great read and I'm keeping the book in case I want to read again.
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