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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
3. End of Watch
A cat-and-mouse suspense thriller featuring Bill Hodges, a retired cop who is tormented by 'the Mercedes massacre', a case he never solved. Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of that notorious crime, has sent Hodges a taunting letter. Now he's preparing to kill again. Each starts to close in on the other in a mega-stakes race against time.
Closing date: 30/11/2020
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…
'Stephen King might just be America's greatest living novelist ... THE BEST THRILLER OF THE YEAR ... recommended to crime buffs and King fans alike.' Sunday Express
'I challenge you not to read this book in one breathless sitting' Guardian
'A thrilling cat-and-mouse game' Irish Mail on Sunday
Publication date: 23/04/2015
Publisher: Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Publication date: 03/06/2014
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
|Publication date:||23rd April 2015|
|Publisher:||Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Thriller / suspense,|
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 ...More About Stephen King