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Summary

Described as 'the best thriller of the year' Sunday Express, the No. 1 bestseller introduces retired cop Bill Hodges in a race against time to apprehend a killer.

A cat-and-mouse suspense thriller featuring Bill Hodges, a retired cop who is tormented by 'the Mercedes massacre', a case he never solved.

Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of that notorious crime, has sent Hodges a taunting letter. Now he's preparing to kill again.

Each starts to close in on the other in a mega-stakes race against time.

©2014 Stephen King (P)2014 Simon & Schuster

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  • Philip
  • Burford, United Kingdom
  • 26-07-15

Cliched, Predictable but Brilliant

Yes, it's nicked part of almost every private-eye-hunts-serial-killer book ever written, from Wilkie Collins to Chandler and beyond. Yes, you could plot the beginning, middle and end without too many mistakes.

But that old formula in a great storyteller's hands can grip like nothing else, which is why we're still watching Sherlock and why JK Rowling's equally cliche-ridden latests are selling like hotcakes.

In other words, couldn't put it down (or whatever the audio equivalent may be). Highly recommended, have already downloaded the follow-up.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • 04-10-14

King on form yet again

Mr Mercedes has great pace, almost breathless sometimes . If you have ever liked a Stephen King novel, then I reckon you will like this one very much. Some decent characters, lots of action and tension - a classic page-turner, well read by Will Patton. But too straightforward, dare I say simple, for this fan - hence only 4 stars. Best for me would be Bag of Bones or Hearts In Atlantis, both available unabridged from audible. But don't get me wrong - Mr Mercedes is a really great listen!

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Great build up, lackluster ending

As with so many of King's 21st century works, he ratchets the suspense whilst introducing and fleshing out likable characters. Unlike many King novels, the locales are effectively anonymous, and there are precious few asides about the townsfolk and their secretly sordid lives, but the characters we follow are well rounded enough.

A few interesting twists pepper the narrative and keep the interest high until the last hour or so. By this time it feels as though the characters are simply running through motions rather than uncovering undiscovered revelations and it descends into a slightly predictable chase.

I am an avid King fan and have read and reread his entire back catalogue, short stories and poems included, but as with Duma Key, Under the Dome and 11.22.63 the drive runs out towards the end. It's a shame, but I remain a subscriber to the King story factory, eagerly awaiting the next It, Shining, or Different Seasons.

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Predictable

You might be entertained. You will not be surprised. You will know how it ends. You will listen to the end anyway. If you like King, that is.

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Below Par

Ive been looking forward to reading this as other King books have been so good. I thought opening chapters were brilliant and really felt the scene was set and the reader drawn into the story.
The perpetuator is revealed from the start and the novel goes back and forth between him and the ex cop who is trying to track him down showing how he is trying to snare him and how this is not working
Im still not sure about this detective series. I will read the next book in the series but this does not come close to other Stephen King books I have read Im afraid.

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A gripping and absorbing thriller

This Stephen King at his best - he is really much more than a horror writer, for those who don't already know that. It's his superb characterisation that is so special. His characters are fully realised, to the point that you feel you know them - even the evil ones. This is an "old fashioned" thriller, by which I don't mean dated or predictable, but simply a rattling good story which is scary, humorous, and moving - all human life is there as a disreputable newspaper used to say. It is hugely enjoyable and I found it difficult to pause once I had started. The narrator gives a beautifully judged performance and I would recommend this book to anyone - especially those who think Stephen King is not for them.

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  • jennifer
  • alfreton, United Kingdom
  • 12-07-14

Mr Mercedes -Stephen King

Well Mr King does it again what a story, as soon as this book started I new it was going to be one of those books that you just could not stop listening too. Right from the start of the book it all happens then the story comes together as retired policeman Bill Hodges goes back to a case that was never solved which little does he know that he his being watched himself from the crazy psychopath its so gripping well recommended great narrator too.

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  • Colin
  • WATFORD, United Kingdom
  • 04-07-14

A below-par detective story

I should start this review by explaining that I'm on a roll with Stephen King right now, having recently completed the excellent '11-22-63' followed by 'The Stand' (Brilliant) and then 'The Dome' (absolutely gripping). I therefore approached 'Mr Mercedes' with a deal of anticipation at enjoying the newest offering from one of the master story-tellers of our time.

I'm still not sure what happened, but this book was largely a bit of a let-down. The overall premise (a retired cop being stalked by a criminal he failed to catch) is sound enough, but as the story unfolds it's all a bit clumsy. Added to this there are two significant plot twists that you can see coming a mile away, and Mr King is known for being able to spring twists and turns on the reader out of the blue.

And that's the rub; the writing style just isn't King's. The dialogue doesn't snap the way it does in his other works, and the storyline is pedestrian at best.

On a plus note, Will Patton's narration was excellent, just the right amount of inflection so you could tell the characters apart without it decending into a radio play. Would like to hear more from him

I think I'll get one of his classics next, just to remind myself how exceptional a writer King is.

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A superbly gripping story read by the best.

Outstanding narration makes this thrilling story of twisted humanity v flawed protagonists truly come alive - King at his best.
Highly recommended.

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Engaging & riveting

I haven't read one of Stephen King books for a while but I am a big fan of his writing. I downloaded Mr Mercedes and expected a good story. The book surpassed my expectations, particularly the characters.

King really brings his characters to life and this book is alive with characters. You end up loving them and hating them in equal measure!

Bring on the second book in the trilogy!

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  • helen
  • 09-05-15

LOVED IT

I have always been reluctant to read a Stephen King Novel believing regrettably thinking that all his stories were fearful and scary but I bit the bullet and my goodness I loved it. The story line was clever, intriguing, holding my interest all the way to the end. Undeniable a great thriller!

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  • Albert
  • 11-01-15

King is king

Stephen King can spin a yarn with the best. In fact, his books seem more alive and engaging and than many other authors.

I'm not a huge fan of his strictly horror writing, but if he can continue in this vein I'll read them all!

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  • Robyn
  • 24-01-18

One of the best books I've ever listened to.

Wow. King is the master of suspense, of character development, and of sick little twista and turns that send your stomach twisting, but in a good way. You're not just listening to a story, you're being picked up and flung on a journey. I loved it. The narrator was an absolutely perfect choice.

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  • S.Hammond
  • 03-12-17

Engaging Thriller!

Stephen king’s Thriller writing and Will Patton’s narration are a golden match. The novel is a powerful thriller that keeps you wanting more and more. The cat and mouse scenes between the retired detective and the villain keeps you on your toes.
Loved it!

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  • barbara
  • 25-08-17

Mr Mercedes

Loved the ending of this book, now just want to read the next. Good story and narration

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  • 04-08-17

Will Patton brought the story to life!

The narrator managed to paint an excellent picture of the characters with his voice.
Stephen King once again kept me on the edge of my seat...

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  • Jason Werbeloff
  • 31-03-17

Superb!

Excellent narration. Compelling narrative with a vicious sense of humor. The best audio book I've listened to.

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  • Ally
  • 29-03-17

Great book

Loved the story, the performance and descriptions of certain things gave me chills and left me wanting more

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  • Winson
  • 28-07-16

Thrilling story

Loved it. Author's ability to speak in different voices for different characters is amazing. It keeps me on the edge of my seat and listening non stop.

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  • Gail
  • 01-05-16

Pleasantly Surprised

This was the first Stephen King that I had read in over 20 years. Initially I could not get enough of his books and consumed them non-stop from our local library, after a while I noticed his pattern and his writing became predictable - in my opinion. This book ... this book was from fresh mold!

This book was a great listen, it took a while to get used to raspy voice but eventually the narration became part of the story and I loved it. Well worth the listen.