Mr. Mercedes

Mr. Mercedes

A Novel

Book - 2014 | First Scribner hardcover edition
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"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 "perk" 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"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Scribner,, 2014
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781476754475
Branch Call Number: F KIN
Characteristics: 437 pages ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Mister Mercedes


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JCLLaurelA Apr 22, 2021

I really enjoyed this. It felt more like your standard thriller than a Stephen King, but that didn't make it bad by any means. I think my favorite King "quirk" is when he references his own works in his writing and is super judgmental about them. Someone in Mr. Mercedes was thinking about that "stupid made-for-TV clown movie" and how he could barely make himself watch it. I also love when his characters appear elsewhere. I met Holly Gibney (whom I ADORE) in The Outsider, where she mentioned Bill Hodges, which led me to this trilogy. He's like his own Hype Man. As a heads up, there is some major Oedipus Complex with the antagonist, which is hardly ever discouraged by his mother.

Apr 16, 2021

I haven't read a Stephen King book in several years. I think the last one that I started and finished was 11/22/63. I really liked it, but others that I tried after that I just couldn't get into. I only read Mr. Mercedes because it won the Edgar Award, and I wanted to find out if Stephen King could write a good mystery. The jury is still out. It wasn't a mystery, and I have no idea why it won the Edgar Award. It in no way measures up to James Lee Burke, Ian Rankin, Michael Connelly, or even John D. MacDonald, let alone Dashiell Hammet or Agatha Christie. So, how was it other than that? Not bad, but it suffers from the same things that almost all of Stephen King's book suffer from in the past twenty years, he still talks too much.

King can't seem to just write a book without filling it with time consuming, non-sensical, monotonous dribble. He goes on and on with added detail that offer nothing to the total experience of reading a good book. Mr. Mercedes is a 436 page novel that could easily have been told in 300 pages and not lost a thing. Much of this book is foul language for the sake of foul language, as if it adds anything, which it seldom does. His once wonderful ability to write an enthralling novel seems to now balance on whether or not he gets to over use the f-word, the n-word, and the c-word. C'mon, Stephen, why can't you just tell the story for once? Mr. Mercedes is a good story, but you just talk too much.

Jul 08, 2020

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King is a work of fiction that’s about Bill Hodges, a retired police officer. He receives taunts from an unknown man on an anonymous messaging site, who he believes is the culprit of a deadly attack on civilians whose weapon of choice was a Mercedes-Benz. He tries to figure out who is communicating with him, but when he struggles with this, he asks his neighbor, Jerome Robinson, and a tech savvy woman he meets named Holly Gibney to help him out. They are put under the clock when they realize that the same perpetrator is planning another, much deadlier, attack on the city. I would give this book a 4.5/5 because it is very intriguing from start to finish, but the first half is a little slow. The end, however, gets your heart racing and blood pumping during the exhilarating climax of the book. I think this book is good for kids that like action/mystery novels and are 15+ because of gore and bad language, such as the n-word.

Oct 26, 2019

A solid and entertaining crime thriller; with great lead characters. When the story dragged, the characters carried me.

May 15, 2019

I so agree with another reviewer's statement that the first parts of King's books are always the best, and that's very true for this book. For me this is a readable King novel, but not one of his best. What it has going for it is an interesting villain. When King wants to, he can write really good villains, who are also funny at times, and Mr. Mercedes is a good one. I also really like the character of Holly. I did NOT like the character of Janey or the bit about Hodge's romance with her. One reason is that King does not write "normal" women well (unlike the character of Holly) and they either come off as generic, or as silly twits. Janey is a generic silly twit. Also, on re-reading this book I remember how infuriating it was to continually read about Janey wrinkling her nose and saying "yeah." King evidently thought this was charming. It's not, it's incredibly irritating. In the last book, End of Watch, Mr. Mercedes returns and hatches an extremely complicated scheme to get people to kill themselves. King does this very effectively by repeating this character's unattractive mannerism over and over until you want to poke your eyes out. Then she gets killed, and you think, thank god. But it's not over! Throughout the remainder of the book, Hodges reminisces endlessly about Janie wrinkling her nose and saying "yeah," and by the end of the book I didn't like Hodges much either. King really needs a better editor. Still, this is a very readable book if you can stomach the nose-wrinkling, but not one of King's best by a long shot.

Apr 17, 2019

Not a bad effort by Stephen King. As in almost all of his books, I prefer the 1st half better than the 2nd half and this one is no different. Some of the dialogue with Jerome is very familiar to Susannah in "The Dark Tower" series. Did good job in portraying how sick and demented the Mercedes killer is but found myself looking for more character development of Jerome and Holly who turn out to be the main characters of the trilogy. Will read the next sequence of Detective Hodges after letting some time pass.

Feb 22, 2019

I've only read the last book of the trilogy. Slow? Yes. That said, compared to what i call his "Airplane Books" ie. 350 pages of print that's so cookie cutter its not worth a second glance, this book IS worth reading. I agree it's not nearly as eerie & creepy his older books like Misery but hey we all change...
P.S. i obviously plan on reading the first two books.

Nov 15, 2018

so lame and not in the Stephen King Style at ALL....the trilogy was bogus, I don't think he even wrote it like everything else out on the market today and doesnt have secret cool monsters or good message or anything... S. K. at his worst ladies and gentlemen

May 31, 2018

Not my favourite Stephen King but still a well told story. They can't all be Gunslinger!

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.

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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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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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