Review of Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
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.
Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Stephen King has done it again! That doesn't come as any surprise to me. I haven't read a Stephen King book I didn't love and Mr Mercedes is no exception. Loved, loved loved it! This is not a horror book, in the sense that it doesn't have monsters or paranormal creatures. This is more of a psychological thriller. Mr Mercedes is definitely a human monster, he has no conscience, no morals. He doesn't care who he hurts, he actually gets pleasure from the things he's done. However, he's a great character. He makes Annie Wilkes seem sane. The other main character is retired detective Bill Hodges, who was the lead detective on the original Mr. Mercedes case, which went unsolved. Since his retirement Hodges life has become dull and boring to the point that he starts having suicidal thoughts. Until one day a letter is dropped through his mail slot. It's from Mr. Mercedes reminding Hodges of how he got away. This starts what is basically a cat and mouse game between these two. Several other characters become part of the plot, including an unexpected love interest for the aging Hodges.
This is just an amazing book. Stephen King is still the master. Everybody should read this book! Go get it! Now!
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