MR.MERCEDES is the first Stephen King book I have picked up in a long time. Although Stephen King’s books were really my first taste of reading, I haven’t read anything of his since THE CELL came out in 2006. I am happy to see that Stephen King still has it.
MR.MERCEDES is the first book in a trilogy about ex-cop Bill Hodges. This story follows both Hodges and the killer, Brady. The characters are almost polar opposites. Brady is like seriously fucked up. His home life is twisted where he lives with his mom. Brady and his mom have a creepy relationship. He is smart but also very sick in the head. Bill is a guy worth rooting for. He is a “good” man. A retired cop with nothing much to live for now that the chase is over.
I usually don’t like police procedural books, and lucky for me this was not that. The story starts with a bang. Some psycho plows a Mercedes into a group of people lined up for a job fair. Hodges and his partner interview the woman who owns the car. She is bit high strung, but she didn’t do it. The crime goes unsolved until Hodges retires. The killer delivers a letter to Hodges, taunting him for letting it go unsolved. This letter pushes Hodges out of a deep suicidal depression and gets him stalking the killer. The story barrels along with a nail biting countdown as the killer threatens to kill again.
This is Stephen King. I know a lot of his earlier books feature opposing sides of good and evil, but in this book the sides make a lot of sense. Maybe even more sense then the epic that was THE STAND. There’s Hodges, trying to protect to the innocent citizens of the city, then there is Brady, who is wanting to kill for the thrill of it. They are both memorable characters. I enjoyed getting into both of their heads. I found myself almost riveted by evil character of Brady. How sick can someone be? Look no further than someone out of Stephen King’s head.
There were some very memorable scenes. Honestly, the first act of violence didn’t do that much for me. Between Brady’s mom finding meat in the fridge and picturing a neurotic woman hearing the screams of the dead there were plenty of other nasty treats spread throughout the story. Brady is ruthless and King uses Brady in the most fiendish ways.
The only issue I had with this story, and I should have known better since this is Stephen King, is that it broke my heart. There is a thing in this story and it made me sad. There are so many details about the characters given and I got attached to all of them. Series means more chances for redemption, so I am eager to get to the next book in this series.
This is Stephen King and, as always, it did not disappoint. King did a great job with this genre and I can’t fucking wait for more of Hodges’ story.
Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
Series: Bill Hodges Trilogy #1
Also in this series: Finders Keepers, End of Watch
Published by Simon and Schuster on June 3rd 2014
Genres: Fiction, General, Horror, Thrillers, Suspense
Also by this author: Finders Keepers, End of Watch
Audiobook provided by The Library
WINNER OF THE 2015 EDGAR AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL #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).
The stolen Mercedes emerges from the pre-dawn fog and plows through a crowd of men and women on line for a job fair in a distressed American city. Then the lone driver backs up, charges again, and speeds off, leaving eight dead and more wounded. The case goes unsolved and ex-cop Bill Hodges is out of hope when he gets a letter from a man who loved the feel of death under the Mercedes’s wheels…
Brady Hartsfield wants that rush again, but this time he’s going big, with an attack that would take down thousands—unless Hodges and two new unusual allies he picks up along the way can throw a wrench in Hartsfield’s diabolical plans. Stephen King takes off on a “nerve-shredding, pulse-pounding race against time” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram) with this acclaimed #1 bestselling thriller.