Mr. Mercedes

(Pandora / [Sperling & Kupfer])

470 pages

Italian language

Published July 23, 2014 by Sperling & Kupfer.

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4 stars (9 reviews)

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 …

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4 stars

A solid crime story (and strictly a crime story) from Stephen King. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. It starts out very strong, almost like one of the typically old King books but then loses some momentum. The plot is simple: a retired detective gets a letter from a killer he had never managed to catch. Now, he tries again.

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