“End of Watch” (Book 3 of the Bill Hodges Trilogy) By Stephen King

27221987“End of Watch”
(Book 3 of the Bill Hodges Trilogy)
By Stephen King
Narrated by: Will Patton
Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
Published 2016 by Simon & Schuster

Finally, I got around to the final book in the Bill Hodges Trilogy by Stephen King.  I loved this series in that the first 2 books were a little different from a normal Stephen King book.  (Normal Stephen King Book?) The series follows retired detective Bill Hodges as he tries to solve the mystery of who murdered innocent job seekers by running a Mercedes through the crowd lined up for a job fair.   The second book continues with Hodges forming somewhat of a private investigator service, and helps a young man evade a murderer looking for the stash he buried before going to prison.  This third book wraps it all up and revisits the villain from the first book.

Brady Hartsfield the man behind the wheel of the Mercedes and whose brain injury kept him from serving his prison sentence.  Instead Brady is given some experimental medication which may have given him psychic powers.  This is where the real Stephen King shines.  The previous books were great detective driven mysteries and thrillers.  This third book ties them all together with that Stephen King twist.

Detective Kermit William Hodges has been diagnosed with aggressive pancreatic cancer.  But before his time is up he has to wrap up the one big case that keeps haunting him.  After a string of suicides linked to the city center Mercedes killer case sparks up.  Bill and his “Finders Keepers” detective agency is on full alert.

In what becomes a supernatural thriller, “End of Watch” ties all loose ends by creating a psychic powered brain injured evil computer genius, who uses the internet and portable gaming devices to encourage suicide and to be able to take over the bodies of other people.  Taking over the neurological specialist and the hospital volunteer gets Brady Hartsfield out of the hospital to wreak havoc.

While the end of the book is bittersweet it does wrap up the trilogy with a perfect little bow.  Will Patton delivers the voice of the book tapping all of his excellent acting talents, his vocal embodiment of Bill Hodges alone is worth the listen.

Publisher’s Summary

The spectacular finale to the New York Times best-selling trilogy that began with Mr. Mercedes (winner of the Edgar Award) and Finders Keepers

In End of Watch, the diabolical “Mercedes Killer” drives his enemies to suicide, and if Bill Hodges and Holly Gibney don’t figure out a way to stop him, they’ll be victims themselves.

In Room 217 of the Lakes Region Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, something has awakened. Something evil. Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of the Mercedes Massacre, where eight people were killed and many more were badly injured, has been in the clinic for five years, in a vegetative state. According to his doctors, anything approaching a complete recovery is unlikely. But behind the drool and stare, Brady is awake and in possession of deadly new powers that allow him to wreak unimaginable havoc without ever leaving his hospital room.

Retired police detective Bill Hodges, the unlikely hero of Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers, now runs an investigation agency with his partner, Holly Gibney – the woman who delivered the blow to Hartsfield’s head that put him in the brain injury ward. When Bill and Holly are called to a suicide scene with ties to the Mercedes Massacre, they find themselves pulled into their most dangerous case yet, one that will put their lives at risk as well as those of Bill’s heroic young friend, Jerome Robinson, and his teenage sister, Barbara. Brady Hartsfield is back and planning revenge not just on Hodges and his friends but on an entire city.

In End of Watch, Stephen King brings the Hodges trilogy to a sublimely terrifying conclusion, combining the detective fiction of Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers with the heart-pounding supernatural suspense that has been his best-selling trademark. The result is an unnerving look at human vulnerability and chilling suspense. No one does it better than King.

©2016 Stephen King (P)2016 Simon & Schuster