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Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

by Stephen King

Scribner | June 3, 2014 | Hardcover

Mr. Mercedes: A Novel is rated 4.7273 out of 5 by 11.
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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 448 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 1.5 in

Published: June 3, 2014

Publisher: Scribner

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1476754454

ISBN - 13: 9781476754451

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding Once again the Master of Macabre has managed to take us on a journey that touches our human emotion and still makes you wonder how you would deal with the situation. Real page turner, with out to much horror, but lots of innuendos .....
Date published: 2014-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! Another Stephen King Classic! Couldn't put it down...A real page turner. Recommended
Date published: 2014-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT!! This was a really good book. Couldn't put it down! I recommend it to anyone who is a Stephen King fan.
Date published: 2014-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mr. Mecedes Bought this book about a month ago. Am a big fan of Stephen King's book. I buy every one. Haven't read this one yet. Am looking forward to it.
Date published: 2014-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mr. Mecedes Bought this book about a month ago. Am a big fan of Stephen King's book. I buy every one. Haven't read this one yet. Am looking forward to it.
Date published: 2014-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mr. Mecedes Bought this book about a month ago. Am a big fan of Stephen King's book. I buy every one. Haven't read this one yet. Am looking forward to it.
Date published: 2014-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sleepless Nights... An "un-typical" Stephen King book, but still a page-turner. For die-hard fans, you'll recognize the writing style as being exclusive to Mr. King, but the plot is definitely not what we expect from this Master of the Macabre. I'm over half way through, and I can't/don't want to - put it down. This is a book that has me lying to myself: "Just a few more pages..." Even with a book that has a somewhat plausible story line (i.e. no clowns coming out of storm drains, no black or white magic), I am captivated from the front cover to the Scan Code and ISBN on the back cover.
Date published: 2014-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from really enjoyed this one Mr. King can write anything, and make it wonderfully readable and exciting. This book is not horror or supernatural, other than the horrors of real life, but is a great detective story. Characters are unexpected and very effective. Story is harsh but well done. I hated to finish this one, but heard rumours there might be a sequel. Definitely one of King favourites, and I have a few!
Date published: 2014-06-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Something different Definitely not your "typical" Stephen King novel, and may disappoint some of his fans for that reason. It is a good "whodunit", however. Bill Hodges is a retired detective who gets a letter from one of the few bad guys he failed to catch, and decides to go after him on his own. Will he save the city from a mass murder, or end up an unwilling participant?
Date published: 2014-06-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Detective/Suspense Thriller Bill Hodges is a retired police detective. He lives alone, existing primarily on convenience foods and television programs. He is overweight, unmotivated, lonely and feeling as if his life is truly over, but for the fact that he is still breathing … a situation he plans to rectify soon. That’s when an unusual letter arrives from someone the police named “the Mercedes Killer”. Even 17 years after the incident (the incident being the forward of the book … so the reader is up to speed) the police are no further ahead in finding him. The letter is mocking Bill; comparing his life to any number of cliché television and movie plots about retired (and washed up) detectives. At first it seems Bill might shrug the letter off, but the more he reads through the letter the more convinced he becomes that it may have been sent by the actual Mercedes Killer. The Killer has invited Bill to “chat” on an anonymous internet site called “Under the Blue Umbrella”. This voice from the past gives Det. Ret. Hodges a reason to put the gun away for now. Although he knows he should go to the police with the information he has been given, he decides that he is going to look into this strange turn of events himself. So starts the cat and mouse game with “The Mercedes Killer”. This book is as cliché as what the killer accuses Det. Hodges’ life of becoming. But in the case of the book there is no need to put it out of its misery – it’s cliché in a good way. It is reminiscent of the old time detective/suspense novels, complete with the usual cast of characters; the young sidekick, the gorgeous love interest, the damaged unexpected helper, the psychotic killer (complete with mommy issues) and the ever present impending (yet unknown) doom. Mr. Mercedes also offers the necessary mix of dry/humorous/touching dialogue, the red herrings and that one heart-stopping moment that you really were not expecting. Die-hard Stephen King fans – beware – there is nary an other-worldly element in this book. With the exception of one very peripheral character having what seems like a precognizant moment, if you’re looking for horror you will have to settle for the real-world, mess-with-your-mind kind in this book. With one or two exceptions I always enjoy Mr. King’s books and Mr. Mercedes did not disappoint. So why not five stars? Quite frankly, I think he went on a few too many pages at the end. In my humble opinion, Mr. King has a little trouble with endings. Still a good read.
Date published: 2014-06-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mr Mercedes A good read of a very well written book by Stephen, none of the sci-fi portions of the book where cars run by themselves or time travel. It's a story of three people in twined in a hunt for a man who ran over and killed 8 people in a stolen Mercedes...he has bigger plans and the trio are engaged it a time limited search for this maniac. It's a page turner for sure!
Date published: 2014-06-10

– More About This Product –

Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

by Stephen King

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 448 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 1.5 in

Published: June 3, 2014

Publisher: Scribner

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1476754454

ISBN - 13: 9781476754451

From the Publisher

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.

About the Author

Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine, on September 21, 1947. After graduating with a Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Maine at Orono in 1970, he became a teacher. His spare time was spent writing short stories and novels. King's first novel would never have been published if not for his wife. She removed the first few chapters from the garbage after King had thrown them away in frustration. Three months later, he received a $2,500 advance from Doubleday Publishing for the book that went on to sell a modest 13,000 hardcover copies. That book, Carrie, was about a girl with telekinetic powers who is tormented by bullies at school. She uses her power, in turn, to torment and eventually destroy her mean-spirited classmates. When United Artists released the film version in 1976, it was a critical and commercial success. The paperback version of the book, released after the movie, went on to sell more than two-and-a-half million copies. Many of King's other horror novels have been adapted into movies, including The Shining, Firestarter, Pet Semetary, Cujo, Misery, The Stand, and The Tommyknockers. Under the pseudonym Richard Bachman, King has written the books The Running Man, The Regulators, Thinner, The Long Walk, Roadwork, and Rage. King is one of the world's most successful writers, with more than 100 million copies of his works in print. Many of his books have been translated into foreign languages, and he writes new books at a rate of about one per year.
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“. . . barrels toward a memorable conclusion. King’s work has almost always gotten lost in translation on the big screen, but his tense, propulsive, ultra-fast-paced climax here seems like it was written with the movie in mind.”
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