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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
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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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
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
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Jun 08, 2014 Shelby *trains flying monkeys* rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2014, the-king
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
Dan Schwent
Jun 09, 2014 Dan Schwent rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
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
Jun 29, 2014 Alejandro rated it liked it
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
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
Jun 15, 2014 Trudi rated it really liked it

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
Mohammed Arabey
Aug 15, 2016 Mohammed Arabey rated it liked it
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

Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Jul 25, 2014 Kelly (and the Book Boar) rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
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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
Sep 18, 2016 Justin rated it liked it
Let's talk about three-star reviews for a minute.

I feel like three-star review in today's world means whatever is being reviewed isn't good. And, man, I just don't know if that's fair. I feel like our expectations are too high now, and I'm right there in the mix thumbing at my nose at anything rated an average three stars.


I'm currently in freaking Honolulu hot damn Hawaii (which I think is the closest thing we have to what heaven will be like) and I'm finding myself on Yelp or TripA
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
James Thane
Aug 16, 2016 James Thane rated it really liked it
Bill Hodges is a retired detective in a city that's seen better days. For that matter, Bill has seen better days himself. He's divorced, living alone, and now spends most of his time in his recliner watching dopey daytime television shows while playing with his gun and wondering what it might be like to just stick it in his mouth and end it all. He's let himself go to seed and is now twenty pounds overweight; clearly, he's on the downhill side of life.

Like a lot of retired detectives, though, Ho
Nicole Rhaven
Aug 08, 2014 Nicole Rhaven rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
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
Will M.
Jan 16, 2015 Will M. rated it really liked it
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
Juliana Zapata
Mar 30, 2016 Juliana Zapata rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Me sorprendió bastante, interesante, intrigante y adictivo. Este es un género que he aunque me atrapa bastante he probado muy poco y este autor en particular, no lo había leído antes.

Esperaba mucho inicialmente (ya que todos hablan del maestro con gran admiración) luego leí que este no era su mejor libro; sin embargo a mi me ha encantado, no tiene capítulo malo, no tiene escenas al azar ni mucho menos relleno, la historia es espeluznante e interesante a parte iguales.

Espero seguir leyendo no s
Will Byrnes
Jun 13, 2016 Will Byrnes rated it liked it
Shelves: stephen-king
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
Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin

*. . . and I thought the chances were at least 50-50 that I would get caught. I didn't care. And I SURE didn't know how it would haunt me afterward. I still relive the thuds that resulted from hitting them, and I still hear screams. Then when I saw the news and found out I had even killed a baby, it really came home to me what a terrible thing I had done. I don't know how I live with myself.*


That was actually just a load of bull he was feeding someone. I mean he got off on what he had done. Li
James Tivendale
Sorry for being sentimental however; I am probably in the most depressive state I have ever been within. This book has helped me, bizarrely as it is about a "hard-boiled" ex cop and a well created mother loving charismatic and clever serial killer.

I do not give many books five star and Stephen King with his commercial success - I did not think this day would ever come except perhaps the Dark Tower series which I did appreciate.

I can't start to analyse how good this is. I am depressed reviewer s
Jun 19, 2014 Steve rated it did not like it
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
Bookdragon 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
Jun 12, 2014 Char rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 27, 2016 Carol added it
Shelves: fiction, trilogy
The Hook It was Stephen King and such a bargain. I bought Mr. Mercedes for $3.00 (don’t remember where) and immediately stuck it on my bookshelf for someday. Someday arrived last week while reading a review in AARP Magazine regarding the third in this trilogy, End of Watch but darned if I can find the article to quote. What intrigued me in the synopsis was that this is the first ever-detective story for King. I didn’t realize this and don’t even know if that’s true but decided then and there Mr. ...more
Kostas Papadatos
Σε μια πόλη της Αμερικής ένας μουρλός με μια Mercedes πέφτει πάνω σε μια ντουζίνα ανυποψίαστων ανθρώπων σπέρνοντας τον θάνατο. Ο ντεντέκτιβ Χότζες (συνταξιούχος πια) καλείται να εξιχνιάσει την υπόθεση ψάχνοντας τον υπαίτιο. Πραγματικά λατρεύω τον King, αυτό όμως είναι τόσο προχειρογραμμένο ρε φίλε. Αστυνομικό θρίλερ.. my ass. Τι να πρωτοπώ? Ο ντεντέκτιβ μας ο οποίος υποτίθεται είναι παλιά καραβάνα και -μπαρουτοκαπνισμένος- ,συμπεριφέρεται λες και βρίσκεται στην προεφηβεία του. Προκειμένου να ικα ...more
Dec 09, 2015 Magdalena rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror, read-2014
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 bother 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 him
Ruth Turner
Oct 10, 2014 Ruth Turner rated it liked it
Shelves: stephen-king

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
Paul Nelson
Sep 21, 2014 Paul Nelson rated it it was amazing
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

Kao što rekoh, jedna sam od onih koji bi čitali i telefonski imenik ako bi ga King napisao, ali..."Gospodin Mercedes" je prosečan triler, sa zanimljivim zapletom, i na momente veoma predvidiv i pun klišeiziranih situacija.
Svim ljubiteljima Kinga je poznata njegova boljka (slaba završnica) kao i velika želja da piše trilere, pa ajde da kažemo da je tu želju i ispunio, a da je pri tome ostao veran svom zaštitnom znaku ;)
Nastavke ću čitati, jer ipak - to je King :D
Ocena: slaba 3*
Aug 05, 2015 Dustin rated it really liked it
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
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.
Andrew Smith
Feb 11, 2015 Andrew Smith rated it it was amazing
Shelves: noir-hardboiled
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
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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.” 52 likes
“Life is a crap carnival with shit prizes.” 36 likes
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