Mr. Mercedes

Mr. Mercedes

Audiobook CD - 2014
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Hundreds of unemployed folks are lined up for a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running them over, killing eight and wounding fifteen. The killer escapes. Brady Hartfield loved the feel of death under the wheels, and he wants that rush again. Only retired cop Bill Hodges can apprehend him before he strikes again. It must be soon, because Brady's next mission, if it succeeds, will kill or maim thousands.
Publisher: [United States] : Simon & Schuster Audio, 2014
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781442369788
Characteristics: 12 sound discs : digital ; 4 3/4 in


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Feb 20, 2018

Disappointingly weak ending.
Started out like the book would be a good read. Interesting storyline and characters.
But when the much decorated and successful detective (recently retired) began displaying mannerisms that contradicted characteristics necessary to have delivered on those past successes, the story took a downwards turn.
King seems to have developed some lazy writing habits of late, particularly one of dragging a story out beyond its "due date".
Following my earlier impressions of the book, I had thought about watching the Book-to-TV 10-part series, but the weak second half put an end to those intentions.

Nov 21, 2017

I guess this book was just not what I expected it to be. I loved the beginning, but the rush of anxiety, anticipation and excitement really didn't hit me again until the ending, and without the original intensity. The writing style bugged me sometimes, like the main character was subtly trying to come across as 'cool' or 'hip', or some of the character habits and interactions themselves. Most of the time I was able to look past it, but I couldn't everytime.
Honestly I felt like the story was a bit anticlimactic, and I don't feel the need to finish anymore books in the Bill Hodges Trilogy.

Oct 17, 2017

Good book, slow at parts, but still entertaining.

Oct 10, 2017

A very good read from the best of the best.
The characters are well developed, plot thrilling.

Aug 24, 2017

A thrilling book about a suicidal detective pursuing a psychopathic mass murder, Stephen King tries to make his first realistic suspense crime drama story. A retired cop, Bill Hodges, has nothing to live for but finally, finds a purpose when he receives a letter from the supposed killer taunting him. Bradley Hartsfesid, the terrorist, works two dead end jobs and lives with his alcoholic mother, with a murky past we see his frustrations in this dual narrative novel. This is a race against time book, but personally, I didn't think the book was well put together, it was quite typical and cliche.
- @Florence of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Feb 06, 2017

King's thriller/police procedural, while outside his usual horror/fantasy niche, doesn't feel forced or awkward. That's because, above all, he's a master plotter and a magician with the machineries of suspense writing. Fans will find his usual pop cultural and political mini-sermons here and there, which can sometimes seem clunky and out of place, but they're few and far between, and don't hinder an otherwise well-wrought express train of a thriller.

Oct 17, 2016

While the plot is, in fact, quite predictable, I (as a part of today's youth) believe King did a great job at portraying Jerome. Actually, about half of the kids I know act just like Jerome. And while the way Hodges is like is cliche, it's believable and, I'm sure, relatable to some. The way he added in Brady's perspective was new. I had never seen any author add in the bad guy's perspective before. The plot was flowing, easy to follow and it jumped in quickly. Plus nothing that happened seemed improbable, as most authors tend to do. For example, when Holly whacked Brady over the head with the Happy Slapper. Holly just hit Brady just enough, and when Jerome said stop, she stopped and got to the matter at hand. Most authors would have had Holly keep hitting Brady out of rage, then Jerome would have grabbed her shoulders and ripped the Slapper out of her hands yelling at her or something equally as melodramtic. And lastly, all the detail that was piled on wasn't excessive, but to the extent to where it was like a movie in my mind. While it may not be as great as The Shining or The Dark Tower series (my favorite) it was certainly a wonderful read.

Sep 19, 2016

I think King is showing his age with this book. His characterization of Jerome (a 17 year old boy) is especially off the mark - nowhere near any semblance of today's youth, no matter how tech-savvy or intelligent they are. This character is also African-American and comes very close to tripping over a stereotypical portrait of an upper-class African-American family. It's really almost clichéd.
Beyond that, it seems to me that King is playing on either his fantasies or just the generalized fantasies of retired, white men with this novel. The chance to solve a big mystery and instantly fall into bed with a woman 20 years younger should really get that sub-culture's juices going. For me, it was SO lame.
That said, the book is all plot and moves along quickly, with no challenging moments to speak of.

Jul 15, 2016

Not King's usual horror book. I thought it was a great change of pace.

Jul 10, 2016

Enjoyable read, perfect for a day at the beach or for a long plane ride. The characters were likable (at least the good guys were) and had me cheering for them. The detective though was pretty cliché: older, overweight, divorced, self-destructive....

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Oct 17, 2016

"'Oh my happy clapping Jesus,"... King 389

Oct 17, 2016

"Brady smiles back, thinking, You don't know the half of it, you crippled bitch." King 388

Aug 02, 2014

buon pomeriggio.

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Oct 17, 2016

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siammarino Jun 24, 2014

Bill Hodges is a memorable character in this novel: overweight but smart and likeable, he refuses to give up on an unsolved case involving a mass murderer. But it's Holly who really steals the show at the end: reclusive but courageous and computer saavy, it is she who incapacitates the killer.


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