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Mr. Mercedes (Bill Hodges Trilogy #1)

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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 l
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Hardcover, 1st Edition, 436 pages
Published June 3rd 2014 by Scribner
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Darren I've read everything Stephen King has written and can say, without trepidation, that Mercedes Man is NOT a book that will go down as a good example of…moreI've read everything Stephen King has written and can say, without trepidation, that Mercedes Man is NOT a book that will go down as a good example of why folks love his writing. 11/21/63 is fantastic. Had you started reading King much earlier you could have lived through the thrill and anticipation of waiting for each new serial in the original Green Mile, which had some of the same qualities of tone.

If you really want to experience Stephen King at his best though, you have to go back... Way back. For my money, "It" is the pinnacle, along with "Pet Cemetery," "The Stand," "Tommyknockers" and even stretching as far back as "Salem's Lot" (still the only book to give me nightmares). As far as his more recent work; "Duma Key" is as close as he's come to replicating his peak in the last few years.

To love Stephen King is to love a certain style and to trust that the author will deliver. Most folks who have come to his work anew in the last ten years don't have the same attachment to him/it as those of us over forty,but if you want to understand why those of us of a certain age will always buy whatever he writes, go back to the mid 70's and start there. You'll have the bejeezus scared out of you, you might cry, you'll read some of the best short story collections of one author ever printed and you'll enjoy timeless writing in multiple genre's.

I really believe that there is something for ALMOST everybody in StephenKing's work.(less)
Jeremy Coss I disagree. I found the book to be boring and uninspired. I forgot the villains name until you said it. Now, Randall Flagg or Pennywise I'll never…moreI disagree. I found the book to be boring and uninspired. I forgot the villains name until you said it. Now, Randall Flagg or Pennywise I'll never forget.(less)
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Kemper
Warning! Some Stephen King fans (Of which I am one.) may be angered by this review and feel the need to tell me one or more of the following:

1) I missed the point.
2) I haven’t written a best selling book and therefore have no right to be critical of someone who has.
3) I should quit being so nitpicky and just relax for gosh’s sake!
4) It’s called FICTION, not REALITY, idiot!
5) I should burn in hell for all eternity for daring to impugn the honor of their favoritest author ever and this super aweso
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Shelby *wants some flying monkeys*
Is this book perfect? Nope. Did I go completely fan-girl over it. Yep.
Stephen Fricking King. You never fail to surprise me.
This book did lag in a few spots for me. There was a insta-love going on. I don't give a sheeet.

Hodges..a 64 year old retired cop gets a letter from one of the worst characters I've ever met in a book. The hunt is on.
I got swept up in this book and now I'm crying a little (yes my cold heart does that occasionally). This book has characters that I was cheering so hard for b
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Becky
I have been a King fan since I was 9 years old, which I'd say qualifies as lifelong fandom. I've read every book he's written that I can get my greedy fangirl hands on... but this... This was a clusterfuck. I had to literally force myself to finish it - a first in my 20+ years of Constant Readership. Even his weakest books have always kept me turning the pages out of a need to know what happens next. But this one... I truly didn't care. It was my need to be a King library completionist that kept ...more
Dan Schwent
A madman driving a Mercedes plows into a crowd of job seekers, killing eight and injuring many more. A year later, the retired detective formerly in charge of the case gets a letter from the killer, taunting him. Can retired Detective Hodges bring in the killer before he kills again?

Stephen King tries his hand at writing a straight up thriller in this outing. Was he good at it? Of course he was.

Mr. Mercedes is a page turner, a cat and mouse thriller pitting a retired detective against the one t
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Alejandro
I can't deny that I still need to read a lot to get to know Stephen King's work in novels. Basically my contact with his work has been on the adaptations of his works on films, mini-series, and on, that in that regard it has been quite a lot since I have watched almost all the major adaptations made.

However, I thought that this book can be a priceless option since not only didn't require having read any other book before, but also, himself had described as his first "hard-boiled" detective novel
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Trudi

This is a case where the star system really fails me, or I feel like I must explain my rating. Four stars does not make Mr. Mercedes one of King's best. In fact, stacked up against some of his better known works, it pales and withers fraught as it is with giant plot holes, some incredulous leaps in logic and a hero who behaves more moronic than heroic (if you want a list of these weaknesses look no further than Kemper's excellent review where he takes King to task on all these matters and more
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Edward Lorn
MR. MERCEDES has an opening that epitomizes Stephen King's mastery of character. In a few short pages, King captures with well-placed dialogue and introspection the struggles of two people who are trying to keep their heads above water in our unstable economy. Then everything goes terribly wrong for these two people (three, if you count the most unfortunate soul in the crowd), and the reader realizes that anything, and everything, is possible in this shocking and brilliant thriller.

When we're in
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com

When I first saw the cover art for Mr. Mercedes I thought , “Awwwww, how sweet – Stephen King wrote a book about a guy who drives an ice cream truck” ; )



I didn’t bother to read the synopsis. I rarely do – especially when it comes to anything by King. He writes it. I read it. End of story. Then the ratings started coming in, and boy were they polarized. I still didn’t bother reading any blurbs or reviews, I just braced myself and prepar
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Mohammed Arabey
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ميزة أن تقرأ لكاتب مخضرم , هو أن مهما كانت القصة عادية ومكررة فإنك ستدهش لمعايشتك للأحداث والتفاعل مع الشخصيات

ومؤلفنا هنا هو ملك الرعب والأثارة "ستيفين كينج" إلا أن الرواية للأسف إثارة فقط ولكن بطيئة لأنك بالتأكيد ستعرف النهاية قبل نصف الرواية..فهي لعبة قديمة , فقط تدور في وقتنا المعاصر و بسيارة مرسيدس حديثة

حبكة معتادة ،لعبة السمكة والصياد, القط والفأر , عسكر وحرامية ...شبهة تقليدية

المجرم هنا مجنون بحق 'برادي هارتسفيلد' ,شاب معقد ومشوه نفسيا , والعسكر هنا هو "بيل هودجز" الضابط المتقاعد

وبالرغم
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Will M.
Update 2015: I heard they're developing this into a "limited" TV Series! Can't wait to watch it! Here's the link

A psycho-madman with a Mercedes ran over a crowd of unemployed people resulting to 8 deaths and 15 injuries. He escapes. Months later, Bill Hodges, the lead detective, is still having nightmares about the crime incident. He contemplates suicide, and watches a lot of TV shows with his gun on his lap. Out of the blue, he receives a letter from the psycho-madman, and then the story of cat
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Maciek
For a suspense thriller this was pretty average, and for a Stephen King novel it's pretty weak. Mr. Mercedes is a departure from most of Mr. King's other work in the sense that it has none of his trademark mixture of the fantastic with the ordinary - it is a pure thriller, dedicated to James M. Cain and prefaced with the opening line of his noir classic, The Postman Always Rings Twice.

Mr. Mercedes opens somewhere in the American Midwest, in a depressed, unnamed town hit hard by the recession. A
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Nicole Rhaven
This book was...hahaha, yeah right, this book hasn't even come out yet!
I wish I read it...maybe I can time travel...

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Stephen King you sly dog you, you have done it once again! This book, no lie, starts off slowly, but you don't care, because his writing it so amazing that you are just entranced by that fact alone.
I once again did not read ANYTHING about this book so I went into it blindly and I am glad that I did. I enjoyed the hell out of this book. I found it nearly impossible to set down. It
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Bookworm Sean
This is only the second Stephen King book that I’ve actually managed to get past the first few pages. I don’t know what is about his writing, but it really does not draw me in. This, however, was an exception. Indeed, the plot of this resulted in a novel that was a real page turner, but it is not without its faults. Generally speaking I tend to avoid this novelist and modern crime thrillers in general, so this was way out of my comfort zone.

A cold trail

Detective Hodges has solved all of his c
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Ruth Turner

I've been one of Stephen King's Constant Readers for over 30 years and I really wanted to love this book, but I didn't.

I often find myself bemoaning the fact that his later books are so different from those early gems that used to keep me up all night. Of course they are. How could they not be? He's 30 years older and a different man. And I'm 30 years older and a different woman. But, I sometimes wonder if I were to start reading his early books now, for the first time, whether they'd have the s
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Charlene
Stephen King does it again! What do I mean by that? Let me tell you.

The reason I love Mr. King is because of his characters. I believe that his characterizations are what makes his books so special and popular. This book is no exception.

We have Bill Hodges, retired police detective. (Det. Ret.!) We have a horribly warped young man in Brady. We have a wonderful young man in Jerome, and a few other memorable characters like Holly, a middle-aged woman with severe OCD and other issues, like her bit
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Steve
This one was terrible! I can't go any further, and is going into the abandoned book shelf. This is really disappointing because I've been a Constant Reader since Carrie was originally published.
The characters have no compelling personalities, the antagonist is vile and seems to have been written by King as one with every bad/evil quality he could think of. The protagonist is completely unrealistic, as well, and I would venture to say that he's more insane than the bad guy. And what's with the s
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Whaaaaat? Mr. or Miss "I Love Stephen King"?! This isn't on your to-read list yet? Slackers. I know, it's hard to comprehend his ability to crank 'em out so quickly. I think he even sleepwrites.

King and his son Joe Hill have a definite car-love thingy dingy going on in their novels. Christine, From a Buick 8, NOS4A2, and now Mr. Mercedes.
Paul Nelson
I listened to the audio of Mr Mercedes narrated by the fantastic Will Patton, Stephen King writes an exemplary character driven thriller that drags you in, gets you hooked on everyone involved and then slowly turns the screw on the tension until the air is literally vibrating with anticipation.

The killer dubbed Mr Mercedes likes to play games and see the suffering his actions cause, stealing a Mercedes he callously drives it into a crowd of people, killing and maiming and then just as effectivel
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Veeral

*tap* *tap*

[Chapter 3

Flagg was furious. The last time it didn’t pan out as intended. But that was ages ago. He was ready now. And this time, it was going to be different. The world…]

*ring**ring*


Editor: Hi Mr. King, good morning. Just giving you a courtesy call. I hear the fans are enraged about “Under the Dome” being a lousy series.

*tap* *tap*

[Chapter 9

Compared to the devastation in front of him, old Stu thought that Captain Trips was more like a strain of common co…]


Editor: Are you busy, Mr. K
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Zoeytron
Stephen King's storytelling skills continue to reign supreme as he effortlessly shifts gears from horror to thriller in Mr. Mercedes.

'They walk among us.' Yes, indeed they do. But Brady Hartfield seems like such a nice young man. He works two jobs, he sleeps (sometimes), and he lovingly (!) tends to his aging alcoholic mother. He smiles right up in your face even as his warped mind concocts his next horrific act. Brady is the Mercedes Killer and he is getting ready for his close-up. No longer co
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Andrew Smith
I seem to be bucking the trend with my views on this one - I absolutely loved it! I will start by saying I listened to this offering on audiobook and I truly believe this added to the pleasure. It was superbly read by Will Patton, who (for me) picked out just the right voice, just the right pace and just the right phrasing for every character, be they male or female. I felt in tune with all the players from the very start and got totally immersed in what I thought was a credible (ok, mainly cred ...more
Will Byrnes
Every religion lies. Every moral precept is a delusion. Even the stars are a mirage. The truth is darkness, and the only thing that matters is making a statement before one enters it. Cutting the skin of the world and leaving a scar. That’s all history is, after all: scar tissue.
Detective Bill Hodges is 62, overweight, divorced and retired. He lives alone and has an uncomfortably familiar relationship with his father’s pistol. The two spend long hours together in front of the tube, taking in
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Dustin
Aug 05, 2015 Dustin rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Dustin by: Holly
I haven’t been completely blown-away by a Stephen King novel since 2011’s 11/22/63. Therefore, it shouldn’t be too surprising that I went into Mr. Mercedes with much hesitation and reserve.

In hindsight, I almost wish I hadn’t waited a year to read it, as the first installment of the Bill Hodges trilogy impressed me far more than I ever could have anticipated. But I firmly believe that everything happens for a reason, and the right time had come for me. And hey, look at it another way: the second
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Magdalena
Sorry Mr. King this is not one of your best books.

I'm sitting here, trying to collect my thought about the book, trying to come up with something good about it, but it's hard, mostly because there are so many things that bothers me.

The biggest issue I had with the book was that Hodges never contacted the cops which I found puzzling since he from the beginning never had a reason for a vendetta except for the fact that he never caught Mr. Mercedes before he retired. Of course later on he got himse
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Gary
This book had a strong build up. The characters were definitely well crafted. Although the author has made his living out of supernatural stories, this one has more of a Criminal Minds feel to it. I found it enjoyable to read.
It has a plot that begins with a bang and slows down, becoming a mystery/thriller with typical King-like twists and turns. The most interesting parts were, to me, when the author delved into the mind of the killer. Mr. Mercedes, Brady, is an example of the author’s ability
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Jon Kurtz
Stephen King possesses the ability to transport readers to that pleasantly warm and cozy room, where all other thoughts and concerns are forgotten. Mr. Mercedes is quintessential King, good versus evil, with clear delineation of sides. While this is not his greatest or most epic tale, I still found myself living through the eyes of his characters. In my mind, arguably a scary place, any author capable of inducing this effect deserves a five-star rating.

Now to the story. The main protagonist, a r
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Franco  Santos
Otro libro que se suma a mi colección de Stephen King (es el número 52 que leo, si mal no recuerdo). En esta ocasión me encuentro con algo nuevo en él: su primera novela negra (excluyendo al desvalorado Colorado Kid). La historia comienza bastante lenta, con el típico policía retirado al borde del suicidio por sentirse inútil. Alrededor de la página 170 la novela adquiere un matiz más divertido y ameno. Luego, a partir del tercer cuarto, prepárense para la acción. El asesino me gustó mucho; tamb ...more
Samantha Arroyo
Extraordinary. Fantastic. Amazing. I can't even.



This book was everything, I was hooked from sentence 1, and it was just so well put together, I am impressed as always. I was on the edge of my seat for a good half of the book, and the other half I was simply absorbed in the plot and dialogue. It was so natural, so believable, so amazing!!!



I have a habit of going into books without ever reading the synopsis, which sometimes confuses me, but I was SO glad I did that with this book. I went into it
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Audra
[Read it in 8 hours. Sleep now, but a review to come!]

This newest book from the King of horror is an altogether new kind of devil, which is truly saying something when you've written over 50 books, all of them bestsellers, most of them adapted for the screen or television. MR. MERCEDES is more of a crime thriller than the chilling horror most people expect when they pick up a book with those big, full caps that prominently declare: Stephen Was Here.

I am an advocate of erasing the altogether unt
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Mike (the Paladin)
Steven King does Crime thriller...and he does it pretty well. I find myself wondering if this is but the first book about Bill Hodges retired police detective.

Mr. King said that this book was inspired by true events, but still the ending and the tone leave me wondering.

Bill has been a good detective, he's proud of his life and now... Well now he sits and watches day time TV his brain stultifying he sits and plays with his father's .38 revolver considering "eating a bullet".

Then a letter comes fr
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Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, M ...more
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“Every religion lies. Every moral precept is a delusion. Even the stars are a mirage. The truth is darkness, and the only thing that matters is making a statement before one enters it. Cutting the skin of the world and leaving a scar. That’s all history is, after all: scar tissue.” 25 likes
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