Mr. Mercedes: A Novel (The Bill Hodges Trilogy #1) (Paperback)

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The first of the Bill Hodges trilogy. Mr. Mercedes is a straight-up detective novel in Stephen King's voice. Bill Hodges is a retired detective haunted by an unsolved case. The man who committed the crime sends Hodges a letter, he is going to kill again. Hodges, along with a wonderful and delightful cast of characters, is determined to track down the killer. A straightforward, tightly plotted novel with more than a nod to noir. - Sally

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#1 New York Times bestseller! In a high-suspense race against time, three of the most unlikely heroes Stephen King has ever created try to stop a lone killer from blowing up thousands. “Mr. Mercedes is a rich, resonant, exceptionally readable accomplishment by a man who can write in whatever genre he chooses” (The Washington Post).

In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, 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 two new, unusual 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.

Praise For…

"Pays off exuberantly... Surprising and invigorating."

"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."
Product Details
ISBN: 9781476754475
ISBN-10: 1476754470
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: January 6th, 2015
Pages: 448
Language: English
Series: The Bill Hodges Trilogy