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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).

The stolen Mercedes emerges from the pre-dawn fog and plows through a crowd of men and women on line for a job fair in a distressed American city. Then the lone driver backs up, charges again, and speeds off, leaving eight dead and more wounded. The case goes unsolved and ex-cop Bill Hodges is out of hope when he gets a letter from a man who loved the feel of death under the Mercedes’s wheels…

Brady Hartsfield wants that rush again, but this time he’s going big, with an attack that would take down thousands—unless Hodges and two new unusual allies he picks up along the way can throw a wrench in Hartsfield’s diabolical plans. Stephen King takes off on a “nerve-shredding, pulse-pounding race against time” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram) with this acclaimed #1 bestselling thriller.

Review:

I have a confession to make…I’ve never before read a Stephen King novel.  I’ve enjoyed his movies immensely over the last few decades, but never sat down to read a book.  And technically I still haven’t, this was an audio book.  But, one thing I know now, for sure, is why Stephen King is the benchmark in so many genres.  The book was amazing.

Not necessarily a horror story, I’d call this one more of a suspense/thriller novel.  Now I’ve read a lot of books over the years, but this one was a completely different experience.  Mr. King is a true storyteller.  With many authors, there is either too much detail or not enough detail.  Mr. King straddles that line perfectly.  His dialogue is beautifully written.  He seems to immerse himself in each character.

Anyway, Mr. Mercedes is about a crazed killer that used a Mercedes to mow some people down, and now he has set his sights on the lead detective for the yet unsolved case.  One thing that makes it interesting, is that the detective is now retired.  Okay, that’s it for a spoiler from me.

Loved the characters. The storyline moved at just the right pace.  The dialogue, especially the inner dialogue, of the main characters was some of the best I’ve read.  And the ending was satisfying.

Well done.  This won’t be the last Stephen King book I read (or listen too).

5 of 5 Stars

 

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