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.
When I first heard about Mr. Mercedes and the actual event that inspired the story I was extremely excited. Excited to read a novel by Stephen King that that’s in many ways different from the ones I have read so far.
I’m not usually a big fan of the Crime genre but the way that King takes us along for the ride into the mind of a psychotic lunatic of a murderer made this a real page turner. The reader have front row seats to both the action of the ex-cop Bill Hodges and the murderer Brady Hartsfield as they run around in a terrifying maze of real life where there are tragic souls, love and lives to be saved.
As I mentioned in my review of Salem’s Lot, the true talent of Stephen King is to portray the real monsters that live inside of the real humans around us. This is the same for Mr. Mercedes as well. It’s scary, exciting and feels so real.
I enjoyed Mr. Mercedes and I’ve heard that this is going to be a trilogy. I will definitely get my hands on sequel when that time comes and I highly recommend it as a summer read!
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