- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (23 April 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1444788647
- ISBN-13: 978-1444788648
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.8 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1,340 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Mr Mercedes Paperback – 23 Apr 2015
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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)
Enough to say that Mr Mercedes goes out not with one bang, but several - all satisfyingly unexpected. He's back with a novel different from, but as good as, anything he's previously done (The Times)
A tightly plotted crime novel that retains that essential, instantly recognisable flavour that has distinguished King's fiction...On one level, Mr Mercedes is an expertly crafted example of the classic race-against-the-clock thriller. On another, it is a novel of depth and character...rich, resonant, exceptionally readable (Washington Post)
To be held firmly by the hand, through this tough crime thriller by the assured narrative skill of Stephen King, make the act of reading an event. There should have been a sticker on the cover 'no book mark required' (Shots)
When it comes to grabbing an audience by the throat and giving them no choice but to keep reading, King has no equal, and I challenge you not to finish this novel in one breathless sitting . . . King transcends genre, and is too warm and compassionate a writer to settle for jaggedly noir suspense. (Guardian)
Expect page-turning suspense, jaw-dropping twists and all the addictive brilliance of a classic Stephen King (FHM)
Nobody can do it quite like Stephen King . . . He's a storyteller; one you'd have listened to for hours, as the sun set and the gulls cried on the dockside at Piraeus (Spectator)
King aficionados will be riveted from the first explosion of violence to the final, equally seismic climax (Financial Times)
Described as 'the best thriller of the year' Sunday Express, the No. 1 bestseller introduces retired cop Bill Hodges in a race against time to apprehend a killer.See all Product description
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Brady Hartfield is a psychopath whose act of violence has kept him satisfied for months but now he feels the need again but lacks direction, so he begins taunting the person who he's sees as a worthy adversary.
Bill having his own unspoken doubts about his last case and slowly entropying in civilian life decides to indulge the killer. Thus begins a tense game of cat and mouse slowly sucking in the people around Bill Hodges and the family of the lady whose Mercedes Brady stole.
With his own life , those of who he cares for and possibly hundreds of others on the line Bill must use limited resources, keeping his ex colleagues in the dark to try and lure in the psychopath all the while fighting Ill health.
On the one hand this a fairly generic tale of cop vrs nemesis, what helps it above the rest is that Stephen King ratchets up the tension to almost unbearable levels to the point where I was almost afraid to put the book down. With a very very subtle nod to the supernatural and a few crafty shout outs to some past books there are a few lighter moments but on the whole this a dark tale of need on both sides and the destruction that need can bring.
Bill Hodges is retired and bored. He is thinking back over old cases he had to leave unsolved; the most important being 'the Mercedes Massacre'. Someone drove a Mercedes into a big group of people in the early hours of the morning. These were desperate people, queuing in the early hours to attend a jobs fair; the driver killed eight and seriously maimed many more. The fact that the killer was simply able to drive off into the fog has frustrated Hodges as he feels he has failed to get justice for the victims.
Brady Hartsfield was the Mercedes Killer; he still can't quite believe that he got away with it. He is ready to kill again and he wants Bill Hodges to know about it. Here begins a game of cat and mouse, will Hodges be able to identify Brady before he strikes again?
Mr Mercedes is beautifully written and expertly plotted. Brady Hartsfield is a vile creation and truly believable, he's terrifying. There is a follow up to this book which I will definitely be reading but it has also made me want to try some of King's horror novels so let me know if you have any favourites or suggestions of what I should begin with?
Bill Hodges is a worthy hero, and I found the plot decidedly stressful, with a very pleasing, (possibly too pleasing), conclusion. I recommend it highly, but don’t expect more than the most cursory reference to ghosts!
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