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Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
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Stephen King’s MR. MERCEDES is a dark, psycho suspense detective thriller, starting with a man driving a stolen Mercedes into a field of job seekers waiting to enter a job fair, leaving behind a pile of dead bodies and injuring more.

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. Two motor patrol cops found the Mercedes and was traced to Olivia Trelawney, a widow who lost her wealthy husband to a heart attack. But the person who stole the car and massacred the people could not be traced, and the case remained unsolved. It came to be known as the City Center Massacre and the perpetrator was nicknamed the Mercedes Killer.

Hodges's talented and eccentric assistants unravel Brady's convoluted computer records revealing when he intends to drive a wheelchair strapped with explosives into a concert arena jam-packed with screaming teenyboppers.

King indicated earlier, he was writing a crime novel about a retired policeman being taunted by a murderer, while working title Mr. Mercedes and inspired by a true event about a woman driving her car into a McDonald's restaurant –and started it prior to the Boston Marathon bombings.

King fans will love it, as will hand it to him…..the disturbing picture of evil Brady and his nasty mom was definitely chilling, to say the least.

“Once upon a simpler time, before apps, iPads, Samsung Galaxies, and the world of blazing-fast 4G, weekends were the busiest days of the week at Discount Electronix. Now the kids who used to come in to buy CDs are downloading Vampire Weekend from iTunes, while their elders are surfing eBay or watching the TV shows they missed on Hulu.” ― Stephen King, Mr. Mercedes

Definitely recommend reading Mr. Mercedes (Bill Hodges Trilogy #1) prior to reading Finders Keepers (Bill Hodges Trilogy #2). Liked #2 much more - intense, intriguing! SDMS
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Reading Progress

June 7, 2014 – Shelved as: to-read
June 7, 2014 – Shelved
June 8, 2014 – Started Reading
June 8, 2014 – Shelved as: 2014-releases
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June 8, 2014 – Shelved as: thriller
June 8, 2014 – Shelved as: books-read-in-2014
June 8, 2014 – Shelved as: abuse
June 8, 2014 – Finished Reading

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