Mr. Mercedes

WINNER OF THE 2015 EDGAR AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL
#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.


Mr. Mercedes - Stephen King Summary

Mr. Mercedes is a crime novel by American writer Stephen King. It is his 51st novel and the 44th published under his own name. He calls it his first hard-boiled detective book. It was published on June 3, 2014. On June 10, 2014 the author described Mr. Mercedes on Twitter as the first volume of a projected trilogy; it was followed in June 2015 by Finders Keepers, the first draft of which was finished around the time Mr. Mercedes was published, and in June 2016 by End of Watch. The novel won the 2015 Edgar Award for Best Novel from the Mystery Writers of America and Goodreads Choice Awards for 2014 in the "Mystery and Thriller" category...


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Mr. Mercedes - Stephen King Book Reviews (2,035)

gcnly119

Great!5 star

Great read 55

Nailah's Dad

Great!5 star

One of my Favorite books by Stephen king can’t wait to see what the trilogy has to offer !! 55

JustShopping

You can’t put it down5 star

Once you read this one you’re going to want to read the other two so don’t expect to just read this one and be done. Holy crap was it good. Literally from beginning to end. 55

Robby2626362272662

1038391937438 Stars5 star

I can’t even describe how much I love this book! This is way to good! I read it in 3 days! It sucked so much hours out of me! 55

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Yoopermi

Great book5 star

I couldn’t put it down. I loved the characters and unlikely but wonderful friendships. A great mystery! 55

BSJBuc

Great story5 star

This is a great story that made an even better tv series. Can’t wait for the second season to start. 55

Squirrel17

Horrible!1 star

I thought I'd try the reading something for the "great" Stephen King for the first time...I ended up only making it to chapter 13. I just cannot handle anymore of this garbage. There was 4 pages describing what was going on Jerry Springer. 4 pages! The entire 70 pages I forced myself to endure are full of worthless information. Save your money, time, & sanity with this one. 15

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Stunning5 star

This book blew me away with its depth and brilliance in every sentence. The character development was very well thought out and carefully constructed. Very good read overall. 55

Talya Hailey

Awesome!!!5 star

This was my first king book and I couldn't put it down. Must read! 55

Ferran275

Upsetting5 star

...upsetting because this book made me stay up way past my bedtime on numerous night because I, "LITERALLY" could not put it down. There were times I wished I could read faster, my eyes didn't move fast enough. This is classic King at his finest. Back to classic, gritty, nail-biting storytelling. I freakin' LOVED it, if you're even an amateur King fan I'm sure you won't be able to put it down. 55

DaveDayok

Mr. Mercedes5 star

Stephen King at his best, as always he switches between horror and the possible. I feel he is one of the finest writers of our times. 55

AceZ28

Good Read - a little predictable4 star

Interesting characters and all. The premise was interesting for King. Just found much of it to not be much of a surprise. 45

tsai01

Forgettable2 star

Not one of Mr. King's better turns. Solid premise is weighed down by cardboard characters and a story that staggers along thanks only to logical leaps powered by the author's flimsy grasp of technology. (Jerome's exposition-as-technology-lesson paragraphs are particularly embarrassing.) As a lifelong King fan I applaud the man working outside his comfort zone, but this was a regrettable outing. Hopefully Uncle Stevie's next piece sees a return to his horror, small town wheelhouse. 25

tsai01

Forgettable2 star

Not one of Mr. King's better turns. Solid premise is weighed down by cardboard characters and a story that staggers along thanks only to logical leaps powered by the author's flimsy grasp of technology. (Jerome's exposition-as-technology-lesson paragraphs are particularly embarrassing.) As a lifelong King fan I applaud the man working outside his comfort zone, but this was a regrettable outing. Hopefully Uncle Stevie's next piece sees a return to his horror, small town wheelhouse. 25

Bergerkingryan

Awesome!5 star

This book had me hooked after the short first chapter. This was my first SK book, I loved the writing style and plot. Great book overall. It gets you inside the head of a psychotic killer 55

Vvvvgggg

I didn't love it2 star

Not the usual Stephen King. It was a run of the mill murder mystery. Those are a dime a dozen in the bookstore. We wait for mr. King's excellence. This one didn't deliver. 25

Texana

Only read this if...2 star

...you wanted to examine evidence of the need for Stephen King to retire. He resorts to a clichéd storyline with stereotypical characters; as if he is writing his first novel. I'm just amazed that a man who wrote "The Green Mile" could spew things like this. 25

SOFTBALL QUEEN

Amazing5 star

King does it again. This book is hard to put down and is simply amazing! 55


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