Mr. Mercedes: A Novel [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

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Overview

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 “perk” and threatens an even more diabolical attack, Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, hell-bent on preventing another tragedy.

Brady Hartsfield 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.
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It begins with nightmarish violence: A stolen Mercedes plows through a long line of the unemployed at a Midwestern job fair, killing or injuring dozens. Months later, retired cop Bill Hodges receives a threatening anonymous letter from someone who describes himself as the perp, promising to kill again on an even more maniacal scale. Stephen King's Mr. Mercedes pits two malcontented men with nowhere lives who are both determined to regenerate themselves—but in radically different ways.

Library Journal
05/15/2014
After having written over 50 horror, sf/fantasy, and suspense novels, King pens his first hard-boiled detective thriller. A maniac accelerates a Mercedes into hundreds of unemployed applicants lined up at a job fair—killing eight and wounding 15. Det. Bill Hodges, a streetwise inspector, searches unsuccessfully for the Mercedes killer. After he retires, the bored detective receives a crazed note from the lunatic driver, Brady Hartfield, who promises to strike again in an even more diabolical manner. Hodges's talented and eccentric assistants unravel Brady's convoluted computer records revealing when he intends to drive a wheelchair strapped with eplosives into a concert arena jam-packed with screaming teenyboppers. VERDICT King's customary use of bizarre events and freakish characters does not provide a credible basis for this detective novel. Also, he encumbers the plotline with insignificant details, causing his thriller to plod along rather than pulse with the tension and suspense often characteristic of detective fiction. [Prepub Alert, 1/1/14.]—Jerry P. Miller, Cambridge, MA
Associated Press Staff
"Classic Stephen King. Creepy, yet realistic characters that get under your skin and stay there, a compelling story that twists and turns at breakneck speed, and delightful prose that, once again, proves that one of America’s greatest natural storytellers is also one of its finest writers."
The New York Times - Megan Abbott
"Pays off exuberantly... Surprising and invigorating."
Library Journal
01/01/2014
Bill Hodges is bumping around, barely registering his retirement, when a maniac in a stolen Mercedes repeatedly drives into a line of unemployed folks waiting in the gray dawn of a gray Midwestern city for a job fair to open. Eight people are killed and 15 injured. Hodges immediately enlists two allies to help him find the killer, who so loved his little taste of death that he's planning to blow up thousands. The novel, described as King's first hard-boiled detective tale, has an unsettling ripped-from-the-headlines feel, though the author has said that he started work on it before the Boston Marathon tragedy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781476754468
  • Publisher: Scribner
  • Publication date: 6/3/2014
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 225
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes Doctor Sleep and Under the Dome, now a major TV miniseries on CBS. His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers Association. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.
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    1. Also Known As:
      Richard Bachman
      Stephen A. King
      Stephen Edwin King
    2. Hometown:
      Bangor, Maine
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 21, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Portland, Maine
    1. Education:
      B.S., University of Maine at Orono, 1970
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  • Posted June 4, 2014

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    I love Stephen King. That has not changed in the 20+ years I've

    I love Stephen King. That has not changed in the 20+ years I've been reading his work. What also hasn't changed is his ability to suck me into a story and bury me so deep that I have lost all sense of time and spatial awareness. I become one with the story and nothing else matters. I can't think, I can't eat, I can't sleep until I am finished living the lives of the people in the book. There is nothing like being immersed in a world that has been created by Mr. King. It is an experience that one does not ever fully return from or fully leave behind. He has perfected his craft so well that each story, each character breaks off a bit and embeds it into your soul for you to mull over, dwell on, and contemplate until your demise. I am happy to let him have those spaces to deposit his leavings as I feel a sense of completeness after each one. It's like he has found missing pieces and is putting them back where they belong. I don't believe that there are any other authors out there that have that affect on me but it doesn't stop me from searching. I almost feel like there is a subliminal message in each of his books that speaks to the innermost part of me, like a nagging voice, "You will read my next story. You will because you need to. You need the drug that I supply."  It's kind of how I think of tattoos as having a chemical in them that make them addictive. No matter the pain, the time, nor the money lost, as soon as you have the first one, you want another. And every time you get another one, it happens again....the craving is there for another. That is what Stephen King is like for me. 

    49 out of 59 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2014

    Again!

    I am only in the second chapter and yet I am sucked in once again by Kings work. His ability to find what makes each of his characters take root from the start is amazing. 'The devil is in the details' is an old phrase but it never holds truer than when I pick up a King story. Thank you, Mr. King, for what you have done once again to perfection.

    26 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2014

    Very good

    Very good book , but be aware , there are no supernatural elements in this one.

    22 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2014

    King never disappoints

    Stephen King is a fabulous story-teller and writer. He nails this mystery without any of his trademark horror or supernatural touches. I would eagerly read ANYTHING he writes.

    22 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 9, 2014

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    No spoilers! I finished this book in a marathon overnight read

    No spoilers!

    I finished this book in a marathon overnight reading session, interrupted by only a four-hour nap before I got back into it. (Thankfully my husband is also a reader and fully supported my endeavor). For those who avoid Stephen King because they don’t like horror novels, never fear – this one isn’t a horror novel. There are some gory and gruesome scenes, but they’re human-inflicted, not supernaturally-inflicted . Mr. Mercedes is more a detective thriller novel, if I had to classify it under a specific genre. (For me, the genre is “Stephen King” and that’s good enough for me – I love the man’s writing no matter what section of the bookstore each new release ends up in).

    A brief synopsis, for those unfamiliar:
    Mr. Mercedes tells the tale of a cat-and-mouse game between recently retired detective Bill Hodges and the “perk” in one of his rare unsolved cases - the Mercedes Killer, Brady Hartfield.

    In the early morning hours of April 10, 2009, hundreds of people are lined up outside an auditorium waiting for a job fair to begin when a Mercedes plows into the crowd. Eight die; many more are injured. The driver escapes.

    Bill Hodges, along with his partner, was the detective who investigated the case, but Hodges retires before the case is resolved. Depressed, lonely, and suicidal, one day he receives a letter in the mail. This letter is from the Mercedes Killer, and suddenly Hodges finds a reason to live again – to hunt down the man responsible for the deaths of those desperate job seekers before he can kill again.

    The killer is introduced early in the story, a very disturbed – and very careful - man named Brady Hartfield who lives with his alcoholic mother. Another case where “the monster walks among us,” his coworkers (he has no friends) don’t suspect that the man they see every day is in fact a cold-blooded killer who’s already planning his next big event. Brady wants to up his personal body count, and is willing to die to do so. But first, he wants to bring Hodges down, either by driving him to suicide or, failing that, to kill the retired detective himself.

    Hodges must determine the identity of the Mercedes Killer and stop him before he kills again – without being killed himself.

    Stephen King is the master of suspense, and in this novel proves that he doesn’t need malevolent ghosts or evil vampires or telekinetic teenagers to keep the reader flipping the pages. I was hooked from page one, and was once again amazed at King’s ability to tell a captivating story that draws the reader in. King is great at dangling small little hints and tidbits of information to the reader, giving you just enough that you HAVE to keep reading to find out the rest of what happened. Brady Hartfield alludes to other incidents that occurred in his life, but the full story isn’t provided until much later in the book. (I couldn’t go to bed until after I’d reached that point in the novel. I just couldn’t – I HAD to find out the whole story).

    The point-of-view shifts between Hodges and the killer, a technique that in the hands (keyboards?) of less capable writers can be confusing. King makes it look easy. The reader is “treated” to a front-row seat into the life and mind of the demented Hartfield, who obviously could have benefitted from some strong anti-psychotic medication. It’s also terrifying how realistically the character is portrayed (I was reminded of Ted Bundy in particular, with his surface charm that fooled so many people for so long). You may never look at your neighbors and co-workers in quite the same way again.

    One line in particular struck me as I was reading this novel: "He returns his attention to her, a woman in her mid-forties who's not afraid to sit in bright sunlight." It’s a simple line, but to me it highlights King’s talent at observing life and using those observations to SHOW his characters instead of just telling us about them. Sure, he could have said “He saw that this forty-something woman is obviously confident in herself and her appearance,” but instead he takes something that all women past the age 30 or 35 know – that direct sunlight does nothing to improve the appearance of older skin – and uses that to show us the character’s poise and self-confidence.

    It feels almost sacrilegious to say anything negative about a Stephen King book, but… the foreshadowing in this one was a bit heavy-handed at times. Worse, there were also a couple of instances where it was flat-out misleading (in my humble opinion). Without giving too much away (I hope), here’s a for example: if it’s said that a character is going to regret an action or a lack of action later in the story, then that action/lack thereof should be significant and have a major impact on the development of the rest of the story. Instead, a couple of times those bits of foreshadowing were just half-lies without much importance to the story, and never really came to fruition. I feel like they were placed in the text only to keep me reading. It worked, but I feel just a little bit betrayed by the whole thing. That being said, it’s still without a doubt a five star book, and I’ll still gladly sacrifice another night of sleep when Revival is released in a few months.

    Finally, after (or while) you’re reading this one, make sure you check out Under Debbi’s Blue Umbrella – there’s not a whole lot there right now, but it’s a neat little add-on, and I’m curious to see if more is added to it after more people have had time to finish reading the novel.

    14 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2014

    I believe I'm in the second chapter, though I cannot be sure bec

    I believe I'm in the second chapter, though I cannot be sure because I lost track of a couple of things while I was reading: eating, time, my place in the book. I can say for certain that the book is entertaining and, from the looks of it, on its way to becoming one of my favorite King books.

    14 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2014

    I am past half way through the book and have liked it so far. N

    I am past half way through the book and have liked it so far. Not too bad of an opening for Mr. King's trek into detective novels. Although there is no supernatural stuff in it, Mr. King still delivers certain aspects of story lines that only he can. I would highly recommend this book. I enjoy all sorts of crime and mystery novels by various artists and if Mr. King decides to write another book in this genre, I will buy it right away.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 5, 2014

    Fantastic, as expected.

    Fantastic, as expected.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 8, 2014

    I am also a Constant Reader and have been since I was 12. I get

    I am also a Constant Reader and have been since I was 12. I get that the crux of my addiction/love/faithfulness is the vibe from each story. Picking up a SK book is like listening to a comfortable accent or savoring the flavor of your favorite dish....you just crave it with anticipation and nothing else will suffice. In-between his books I read others...when what I really want is Pad Thai and only have funds for a PB&J. You know? I'm not hungry anymore, but I can't wait to get my hands on some Pad Thai....
    I don't know how I feel about this latest book. There was something missing. It kinda felt like watching an episode of Criminal Minds or something. I get that not every book gets to be a tome of character development, and maybe I'm just spoiled that way. Its not that it was a bad story, it just didn't feel like a SK story. A decent sit-by-the-pool time-killer. Bring your own PB&J.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2014

    i like reading this books.so amazing

    i like reading this books.so amazing

    6 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2014

    Another great cat and mouse

    If you enjoyed Joyland and 11/22/63 then you will love Mr. Mercedes.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 11, 2014

    11/22/63 part 2? The novel starts off with an great premise¿a k

    11/22/63 part 2?

    The novel starts off with an great premise—a killer drives a Mercedes into a crowd, kills 8 and maims several others, and mysteriously gets away. The retired detective who had been assigned to the case gets a letter from the killer, taunting him, trying to goad him into the suicide the former cop has already been considering. But he only draws the former lawman out of his depression and sends him in pursuit.

    The Good
    The writing is great. Vivid characters and a nice amount of foreshadowing. I found myself realizing certain things were going to happen and dreading when they eventually came. The banter between the detectives was refreshing. I even liked Hodges and his teenaged neighbor (his name escapes me at the moment). The whole thing had a moment-by-moment, Law & Order feel.

    The Bad
    The bad guy. I understand the necessity to have clear delineation between good and bad, but the bad guy was over-the-top bad. I’m not objecting to the use of the ‘n-word’, but there was a ton of it when he referred to anyone black. It makes me feel like a fuddy-duddy to write it, but for me, that was too much. I would have gotten some just to make it clear this killer was a racist too, but sheesh.

    Also, this story was very reminiscent of 11/22/63. It just had a feel of pursuing the killer who always seemed just out of reach. I did like the story, actually, a lot, but it never seemed to become its own entire story. Maybe because that book is just so fresh on my mind, but I find myself wanting to go back and listen to that again (I’ve already listened twice), but it would feel pointless to listen to this book a second time.

    And How Did I Feel About That…
    I liked this story, despite the bad. King’s writing alone and incredible ability to set a scene and a mood really carries this beyond just being rehash of another, superior novel. If you read it, you’ll like it, but you’ll appreciate it more if you read it before 11/22/63.

    Gerald Rice
    Author of Where the Monsters Are

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2014

    C+

    Not his usual genre, but it is still well written and hooks you in. Great villain

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2014

    Good read

    Now, I can get some sleep.....maybe. You will love his quirky characters. He is the master of making you love the people in his stories. Even the sick mo-fos. He drives you through the action like you are holding on for dear life in the back seat of a Mercedes - hell bent. What a ride, Mr. King! Thank you.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2014

    WOO TERRORISTS(SARCASM )

    Thats pleasant

    3 out of 40 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2014

    Mr. Mercedes

    This is not your typical Stephen King. If you are looking for horror fiction this is not it. Excellent book. Very suspenseful, Interesting characters and a fantastic plot. What makes this book scary is knowing that there are people like Mr. Mercedes out there. Definitely a must read!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2014

    Loved it!

    Couldn't put it down. Enjoyed the characters, became engrossed with the plot, thrilled with the plot twists. Stephen King remains my favorite storyteller.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2014

    A

    &#9832 &spades &xi &#9812 &#9836 &#9743 &real &#8605 &Omega &zeta &delta

    2 out of 45 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2014

    No

    This is a general cop book. Anyone could have written it. Its not a Stephen King book. Just not worthy at all.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2014

    I agree....

    With the post right below mine. As a white woman, I am also offended by Kings over-use of the N word, as a description of a black or African American character. Listen to you Constant Readers, Mr. King, we are the reason your books sell millions.

    I just read Rose Madder, and you did it in that book as well.

    Thank you, to the person who has brought this offensiveness to my attention.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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