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The fabulously suspenseful and "smashing" (The New York Times Book Review) final novel in the Bill Hodges trilogy from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers!
For nearly six years, in Room 217 of the Lakes Region Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, Brady Hartsfield has been in a persistent vegetative state. A complete recovery seems unlikely for the insane perpetrator of the “Mercedes Massacre,” in which eight people were killed and many more maimed for life. But behind the vacant stare, Brady is very much awake and aware, having been pumped full of experimental drugs...scheming, biding his time as he trains himself to take full advantage of the deadly new powers that allow him to wreak unimaginable havoc without ever leaving his hospital room. Brady Hartsfield is about to embark on a new reign of terror against thousands of innocents, hell-bent on taking revenge against anyone who crossed his path—with retired police detective Bill Hodges at the very top of that long list....
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
With Mr. Mercedes, Stephen King introduced us to Bill Hodges, a weathered policeman who comes out of retirement to catch maniacal killer Brady Hartsfield. In End of Watch the two men face off again—which is extremely odd, seeing as Brady’s now confined to a brain trauma center in a mostly vegetative state. But this is King’s universe, where horrible nightmares come to life. What’s become so impressive about the mega-bestseller’s writing is that it’s just as bighearted and funny as it is hair-raisingly scary.
After two straightforward crime thrillers, MWA Grand Master King (Finders Keepers) torques this third and final novel featuring retired detective Bill Hodges into his trademark terror territory. Hodges has long suspected that Brady Hartsfield, the brain-damaged mass murderer captured at the end of Mr. Mercedes, has been faking his catatonia, and his suspicions are reinforced by rumors circulating in Brady's hospital ward (in what may be a Midwestern state) that he can move objects telekinetically. The truth is actually worse: with the help of secretly administered experimental drugs and skillfully hacked computer technology, Brady has found a way to project his personality into others and commandeer them as his "organic wheelchairs." The stage is set for Brady to compel mass suicide among users of a handheld gaming device whose interface he's hijacked, and to draw out Hodges to settle a personal score. King has dealt before with this novel's different themes endowment with dangerous supernatural powers, the zombifying effect of modern consumer electronics but he finds fresh approaches to them and inventive ways to introduce them in the lives of his recurring cast of sympathetic characters, whose pains and triumphs the reader feels. King's legion of fans will find this splice of mystery and horror a fitting finale to his Bill Hodges trilogy.