Title: Mr. Mercedes
Author: Stephen King
Published: June 3rd 2014 by Scribner
Format: Hardcover (pre-ordered.)
The official blurb:
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 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 Hartfield 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 a couple of highly unlikely 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.
My favorite crime novels are ones that showcase the views of both the antagonist and protagonist. Stephen King is good at this. I don't have much else to say other than this was a good summer read and it kept me engaged until the last page.
- Was it my favorite King novel? No, of course not.
- Was it good? Yeah, it was.
- Is this the type of book I'd eagerly recommend to others? No, not really. It's lacking in the sense that it's not going to stay in my head for very long. Soon it will muddle with other books I read and I will not remember specifics. That's sort of the basis for what I consider "recommend worthy". With that said, it's damn engaging when you read it.