Mr Mercedes by Stephen King
Narrator: Will Patton
Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
Date Read: July 2014
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 perp; 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.
In the gloomy pre-dawn hours of a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of unemployed hopefuls are lined up for a job fair. Without warning, a merciless driver plows through the crowd in a roaring Mercedes. Eight people are killed; 15 are wounded. The killer escapes into the early-spring fog never to be seen from again. Until now...
Detective Bill Hodges is a battle-hardened and streetwise crime fighter originally assigned to the Mercedes killings. Now retired, Hodges has lost his way in boredom and depression craving the thrills of taking down the region’s most notorious criminals. When a disturbing letter from the Mercedes Killer arrives at his door, Hodges soon finds himself uncontrollably drawn into a cat-n-mouse pursuit with stakes beyond comprehension.
Mr. Mercedes is Stephen’s first “hard-boiled detective tale.” It will transport you into a vibrant and dangerous world filled with gritty characters living on the bleeding edge of reason. Be prepared.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon and Schuster
Also by this author: The Stand, Under the Dome, Doctor Sleep, Revival br> br>
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Listened for Review (Simon and Schuster)
Overall Rating: 3.50
Story Rating: 3.50
Character Rating: 3.50
Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)
Read It File It Review: Mr Mercedes by Stephen King was a split decision for me. On one hand, I LOVED the lead “good” guys (Hodges and crew). They were complicated, unusual, and engaging. On the other hand, I thought the bad guy was a little bit “cookie cutter” (no spoilers but think profiler textbook). The writing was fantastic but fair or not I expect more out of Mr. King where bad guys are concerned! I still recommend the story though and hope that this turns into a series.
Narrated By Will Patton / Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
As far as I am concerned, any time Will Patton and Stephen King pair up it will be golden! Another fantastic narration job by Will.
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