“Mr. Mercedes” By Stephen King 

18775663Mr. Mercedes
By: Stephen King
Narrated by: Will Patton
Series: Bill Hodges Trilogy, Book 1
Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
Release date: 06-03-14
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio

A few years ago I could proudly say that I had read every single Stephen King book written.  This was about the time he “retired.”  Well, Mr. King did not retire but I slacked off reading his books. (I went off on an Isaac Asimov & Frank Herbert binge about that time).  Last year I was looking for something to read and found out he had written somewhere near a thousand books since retiring.  (Maybe I exaggerate.)  So time to catch up again.

I start out by jumping into his retired detective Bill Hodges trilogy which this was the first.  It felt like slipping in to those old worn slippers that feel so comfy.  By no means am I saying Stephen King is old an worn, it’s just that he’s so darn comfy.  I find it easy to get into his writing style, the Stephen King tropes, and the characters that are fully developed before you even read their backstories.

In this book, Bill Hodges, a recently retired detective, has several unsolved cases that just seem to bug him.  While contemplating his lonely life he sits in front of the TV in an easy chair and  idly toys with a loaded gun.  One of Hodges’ major unsolved cases is labeled the Mercedes Killer.  Someone stole a Mercedes and ran it through a crowd killing several.  Now the Mercedes Killer begins taunting Hodges.

Investigating the case again Hodges gets help from some unlikely assistants.  Jerome, the kid down the street, a student getting ready for Harvard and handyman to Hodges. And the borderline personality disorder cousin of the woman whose Mercedes was stolen.  As is perfect with any Stephen King novel the unlikely trio fight time to stop Mr. Mercedes from killing again.

Will Patton once again delivers a Stephen King audiobook with perfection.  Patton has become another favorite audiobook narrator of mine.  Between him and Scott Brick, I will listen to anything they narrate.

 

Publisher’s Summary
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.

©2014 Stephen King (P)2014 Simon & Schuster

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