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The spectacular finale to the New York Times best-selling trilogy that began with Mr. Mercedes (winner of the Edgar Award) and Finders Keepers

In End of Watch, the diabolical "Mercedes Killer" drives his enemies to suicide, and if Bill Hodges and Holly Gibney don't figure out a way to stop him, they'll be victims themselves.

In Room 217 of the Lakes Region Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, something has awakened. Something evil. Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of the Mercedes Massacre, where eight people were killed and many more were badly injured, has been in the clinic for five years, in a vegetative state. According to his doctors, anything approaching a complete recovery is unlikely. But behind the drool and stare, Brady is awake and in possession of deadly new powers that allow him to wreak unimaginable havoc without ever leaving his hospital room.

Retired police detective Bill Hodges, the unlikely hero of Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers, now runs an investigation agency with his partner, Holly Gibney - the woman who delivered the blow to Hartsfield's head that put him in the brain injury ward. When Bill and Holly are called to a suicide scene with ties to the Mercedes Massacre, they find themselves pulled into their most dangerous case yet, one that will put their lives at risk as well as those of Bill's heroic young friend, Jerome Robinson, and his teenage sister, Barbara. Brady Hartsfield is back and planning revenge not just on Hodges and his friends but on an entire city.

In End of Watch, Stephen King brings the Hodges trilogy to a sublimely terrifying conclusion, combining the detective fiction of Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers with the heart-pounding supernatural suspense that has been his best-selling trademark. The result is an unnerving look at human vulnerability and chilling suspense. No one does it better than King.

©2016 Stephen King (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

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  • D
  • 09-06-16

The best of a great Trilogy

The saga of retired cop turned private eye Bill Hodges concludes in “End of Watch.” Once again Mr. Hodges and partner Holly are confronted with another scheme by Brady Hartsfield, the deranged homicidal maniac that was dubbed “Mr. Mercedes,” but this time it’s on a supernatural level.
Room 217 holds a special place for Stephen King; it’s that room number mentioned in the “Shining,” and also the room in the Stanley Hotel that Stephen King stayed in before he wrote the famous story. Now it is the room in the Lakes Region Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic where Brady Hartsfield resides supposedly in a vegetated state; but we know from “Finders Keepers,” that Bill Hodges has his doubts.
Stephen king uses his mastery weaving real life horror with the supernatural and creates a fast paced riveting story that I believe is the best of the three.
Will Patton’s narration is great, as usual.

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  • P. Smith
  • 11-06-16

Wow. Will Patton.

I like his acting a lot, but I may like his narration better. As for SK ... I feel inadequate trying to describe what he pulls out of me with his books. What an unlikely band of white nights in this trilogy! But SK works magic with them, and the personality Patton gives to each and every character is nothing short of genius.

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  • lesley
  • 15-06-16

Loved first two books, but...

I couldn't even finish this one. The characters are wonderful or monstrous but all well-created. But I've never enjoyed novels in which magic is pivotal to the resolution of the story. And magical powers drive this book throughout. There's a mystery as to how the villain does what he does, but instead of a brilliant and plausible solution, it turns out he has paranormal powers. Felt like a cop-out to me.

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  • ifthenwhy
  • 01-07-16

King Gets Lazy

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Spoilers afoot!With "Mr Mercedes" and "Finders Keepers" King had established two Detective novels that propelled this reader along to engrossing (Mercedes) and satisfying (Finders) conclusions.

Before "End Of Watch" the world of Detective Bill Hodges was tightly rendered and omitted Kings (often masterful) use of Supernatural themes for a world firmly based in contemporary America. Who needs Vampires when you have such a horrifically brilliant killer like Brady Hartsfield afoot?

Well, it seems that King could not help himself.

King, in an utterly unnecessary blunder, decided to resurrect his brilliant villain using advanced psychic powers, which is absolutely baffling considering the two previous books in the series gave zero indication that the Supernatural could be even remotely "real".

I found Brady's psychic resurrection to be remarkably lazy, unwarranted and just plain stupid, and for a master world-builder like King, pretty unforgivable.

Now, if one can get over this blunder, (or just doesn't care) and has read the other two books in the series, then "End Of Watch" should be a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy, after all it's still King, but I found this detour into a silly occult plot hole left a nasty taste in my mouth.

All said and done, if one is looking to explore these book, I'd start and finish with "Mr Mercedes" as it's all downhill from there.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-12-17

Awesome series

Great ending to a great series, loved all of the books in this series. They aren't so much horror as they are psychological thrillers.

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  • Taxvictim
  • 10-10-16

Last and best book in trilogy. Will Patton superb!

This is the last book in the Bill Hodges trilogy, and the best. It's feels more like a Stephen King book because of creepy stuff that happens, and it brings closure to everything from the first and second books.

Will Patton's narration was terrific! I could comfortably listen to this book on the Audible app at 1.4x the normal speed. That allowed me to fit the entire book into a long auto trip.

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  • Susan
  • 22-09-16

Did Not Want This Series to End!!!!

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I always refer Stephen King to the Master and for good reason. He is so masterful at character and plot development.This trilogy is no exception. I already miss the characters! I was truly sorry to get to the end. Thankfully there are many more King books to savor.What a fantastic ride!!!!!!The narrator was excellent as well.Stephen King remains one of my all-time favorite writers. There is a very important note at the end of this book pertaining to suicide and a prevention hotline phone number. Besides his literary skills I think he's a wonderful human being.

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  • kathleen banas
  • 08-09-16

Not the best of Stephen King

This was a bit drawn out and far fetched. The first two were really good but this one list my attention

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  • Blake Thorne
  • 07-09-16

End of Ideas

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I enjoyed the first two books in the Bill Hodges series well enough. It was very strange to me that Stephen King would choose to write the first two books based in a realistic world, then on the third book jump to the supernatural. I mean come on, Brady Hartsfield can now mind control people through a stupid tablet and move his consciousness into someone else's body? It just doesn't make any sense, and I found myself rolling my eyes and shaking my head many times while listening to it.

For example, imagine if Stephen King's pattern was applied to the Die Hard series. In the first movie John McClain fights terrorists, in the second movie John McClain fights terrorists, but in the third movie John McClain fights ghosts. It just doesn't fit in the series. If Stephen King wanted to take the series down a supernatural road, it should have be implemented in every book, not just appear out of nowhere in the final book.

Will Patton does his job pretty well for the most part. But I will say that his portrayal of Holly Gibney is one of the most irritating things I've ever listened to. I cringed at the parts where she would speak. In fact, in this trilogy most of the women he voiced were portrayed as emotional wrecks, moping, sobbing, etc. It gets old pretty fast.

So to wrap things up, this book wasn't terrible. It just didn't fit in the series, making the story kind of stupid. It felt like Mr. King had a deadline, and he was just writing some mindless drivel to get the book out in time.

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  • Medina King-Harris
  • 09-07-16

sad..end... didn't want it to be over!

Steven King is the master of making readers care about the characters....so when bad things happen to the characters...we feel it!

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