Mr. Mercedes: A Novel (Unnamed Trilogy) by Stephen King

Book Description

Published: June 3, 2014

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 perp; 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.

Review –

This is the first book in a three-part trilogy and I will have to wait til  the early part of next year to read book two.  I can’t stand it!!!

I gave this book 5 stars ***** because it was like a fire in that once it ignited there was no putting it out.  I had the audio version and the narrator did a magnificent job of voicing the characters and the emotions involved in the story. I couldn’t pull myself away. Mr King writes the characters in such a way as to get you to invest in them and follow them along whatever long and curving road they take.  I didn’t expect to cry but I did in one part when a character I was very invested in dies. I couldn’t believe it, but that’s what a great writer does. Surprise the reader around every corner.

Even if you are not a Stephen King fan (is there really such a person) you would enjoy this book. There are no paranormal monsters, or crazy dogs, or haunted hotels. This is a unique story and will grab you and you had better hold on tight.