King's incredible crime thriller featuring Bill Hodges and introducing Holly Gibney is now released with with a stunning new cover look.
Who is going to be the fish in this relationship, and who is going to be the fisherman?
retired cop, tormented by 'the Mercedes massacre', a case he never solved.
perpetrator of that notorious crime, and preparing to kill again.
Now each is closing in on the other in a mega-stakes race against time from worldwide bestselling master of suspense, Stephen King.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
You get the feeling Stephen King had a great time writing Mr Mercedes, a breathlessly entertaining cat-and-mouse story inspired by a small-town TV news story. Bill Hodges is a retired policeman who’s spending far too much time watching trashy reality shows and contemplating his father’s prized revolver. But when Hodges is contacted by the perpetrator of a horrific unsolved crime involving a luxury sedan, the overweight detective gets a new lease on life. King has always been a master storyteller, but his talent for vividly complicated characters—and capturing beautifully real relationships and emotions—has become more formidable with time. The colourful crew of underdogs who band together to go after King’s clever and chillingly demented bad guy is one of the most memorable and endearing crime-fighting teams in modern fiction.
King's latest foray into suspense is a no-holds-barred cat-and-mouse contest between ex-cop Bill Hodges and Brady Hartsfield, a nerdy, mama's boy who is also a mass murderer. The two combatants are connected by a homicidal hit-and-run that occurred months before, when Hartsfield purposely steered his stolen Mercedes sedan into a crowd of the unemployed waiting in line for the opening of a job fair. Hartsfield begins to stalk the ex-cop, and sends Hodges a taunting letter. Actor Patton (TNT's Falling Skies) not only finds the right voices for protagonist and antagonist, but he matches their many mood swings. As Hodges undergoes the moments of elation and travail King has in store for him (the joy of an unexpected romance, the death of a close friend), Patton finds the perfect tone for him. As for Hartsfield, it's a matter of making him sound like a normal, likeable fellow to his coworkers at an electronics store, but a passive-aggressive monster when conversing with the ex-detective and a full-out lunatic when thinking or talking to himself. Patton's performing skills are equally impressive for the supporting cast, from Hodges's elegant and bright new girlfriend to Hartsfield's boozy, clueless mother. But it's his compelling interpretations of the two male leads King's avatars of good and evil that distinguish this riveting production. A Scribner hardcover.
A good detective story
I’ve heard from many people that if I’m looking for a good detective story I should check out Stephen kings hodges trilogy. First of all this is quite different from many other Stephen king novels. There’s no ghosts or killer clowns, the only monsters in this book are humans, more like one human titled Mr Mercedes. Without going into spoilers he’s a rotten human being from top to bottom, which helps in cheering for bill hodges all the easier. If you’re after a good old detective story I highly recommend this book and very much looking forward to reading the sequels.
Good but not brilliant
Quite a good read, entertaining storyline and a decent bad guy. Let down by a couple of annoying characters I feel. Overall pretty enjoyable
Great read classic King
Loved the story line and love the way the characters are painted and described just brings you into the world engrossing and brilliant page turner