Mr Mercedes

by Stephen King

Part of the The Bill Hodges Trilogy Series

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LoveReading Expert Review of Mr Mercedes

Stephen King is one of the greatest writers alive today.  He always has a well-structured plot and a delightful turn of phrase.  He is best known for his horror but I think his greatest achievement is the way he shows American life and culture in microcosm, engaging us in the lives of his characters.  What people do to each other is far scarier than any monster. This is an excellent read if you want something firmly grounded in reality without the supernatural. Not horror but still in places horrifying.  Circumstances, coincidences, bad detection all combine with grotesque inevitability.  Two points of view, retired cop and crazed killer, and I felt for both these lovely characters and many of those around them. An excellent start to a trilogy, an excellent piece of writing, an excellent read.

Books in The Bill Hodges Trilogy:

1. Mr Mercedes

2. Finders Keepers

3. End of Watch

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Mr Mercedes Synopsis

Without warning, a lone driver ploughed through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes. The plot is kicked into gear when Bill Hodges receives a letter in the mail, from a man claiming to be the perpetrator. He taunts Hodges with the notion that he will strike again. Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, hell-bent on preventing that from happening. Brady Hartfield lives with his alcoholic mother in the house where he was born. And he's preparing to kill again. Only Hodges, with a couple of misfit friends, can apprehend the killer in this high-stakes race against time. Because Brady's next mission, if it succeeds, will kill or maim hundreds, even thousands.

About This Edition

ISBN: 9781444788648
Publication date: 23rd April 2015
Author: Stephen King
Publisher: Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 432 pages
Primary Genre Thriller and Suspense
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The Good Book Guide Review

Mr Mercedes is a tense, ticking-clock thriller that sets a burned-out cop against a demented mass murderer who is planning an act of carnage to match the one with which he started his criminal career. The opening of the novel is a tour de force, the kind of curtain-raiser that King admirers relish. In a Midwestern city, crowds of unemployed, desperate people wait in frigid temperatures at a job fair. We meet two people in the queue, a young man down on his luck and a mother who has been forced to bring her baby, who is coughing in the cold. We are in no doubt that these will be the protagonists of the book. But…

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ISBN: 9781444788648
Publication date: 23/04/2015
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About Stephen King

Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine in 1947, the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. He made his first professional short story sale in 1967 to Startling Mystery Stories. In the fall of 1973, he began teaching high school English classes at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine. Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels. In the spring of 1973, Doubleday & Co., accepted the novel Carrie for publication, providing him the means to leave teaching and write full-time. He has since published over 40 books ...

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