Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

Book Review : Mr. Mercedes

By Stephen King

  • Publication Date: 2014-06-03
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
4 Score: 4 (From 1,719 Ratings)

Book Review

#1 New York Times bestseller! In a high-suspense race against time, three of the most unlikely heroes Stephen King has ever created try to stop a lone killer from blowing up thousands. “Mr. Mercedes is a rich, resonant, exceptionally readable accomplishment by a man who can write in whatever genre he chooses” (The Washington Post).

In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, 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 two new, unusual 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.

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User Reviews

  • Great book

    By Yoopermi
    I couldn’t put it down. I loved the characters and unlikely but wonderful friendships. A great mystery!
  • Great story

    By BSJBuc
    This is a great story that made an even better tv series. Can’t wait for the second season to start.
  • Horrible!

    By Squirrel17
    I thought I'd try the reading something for the "great" Stephen King for the first time...I ended up only making it to chapter 13. I just cannot handle anymore of this garbage. There was 4 pages describing what was going on Jerry Springer. 4 pages! The entire 70 pages I forced myself to endure are full of worthless information. Save your money, time, & sanity with this one.
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  • Stunning

    By 🅱️illy 🅱️oi
    This book blew me away with its depth and brilliance in every sentence. The character development was very well thought out and carefully constructed. Very good read overall.
  • Amazing book

    By Carcrazy 2 lover of cats
    Mr. Mercedes literally put me on the edge of my seat!💺
  • Sick

    By kckayak
    No where near John Sandford's style.
  • Awesome

    By Maymay#1
    Loved this book. Absolutely could not put it down. As usual with Stephen King, I felt like I was in the story and not just reading it. Anxious to read the rest of the series.
  • A Juggernaut

    By Musecologist
    Starts slowly and picks up speed until you are barreling through it (like an out-of-control Mercedes?) Not like a traditional mystery in which you are on the detective's view throughout, here you see the plot unfolding from both the protagonist's and antagonist's view simultaneously, watching as events conspire to undo them both.
  • Mr. Mercedes

    By Jan ZZZ
    Great book, from the master! Couldn't put it down. Some parts were predictable, but there are a lot of twists and turns that were unexpected