Mr. Mercedes

Mr. Mercedes Summary

#1 New York Timesbestseller! 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.

Book Reviews


Great Mystery5 star

Awesome mystery crime novel. Great twists and intrigue.55


Such a fun read …5 star



Mr. Mercedes4 star

Excellent S King book. Great thriller and the boogeyman is alive. Maybe even worse.45


Tedious1 star

Tedious, at best.15

Section 60

Good But Not SK’s Best3 star

Most of the interesting action occurs in the 1st 3rd of the story. Entertaining and unusual characters are unveiled in a “Cat and Mouse” theme and the roles are constantly reversing leading to page turning to find out what happens next. Once the major premise is revealed the book becomes more narrowly focused in somewhat of a computer/digital age struggle between the heroes and the villains.35


Couldn’t Put It Down5 star

Smoothly written. I loved reading both sides of Hodges and the villain. Watching the two sides individual stories until they collided was an excellent way to tell the story.55


Great!5 star

Just loved it! Can’t wait to read the next one!55


Good read3 star

My first non supernatural King book. I did enjoy it but I confess I was disturbed by the villains warped mind. I’m used to King’s evil menaces being actual monsters instead of monstrous people. I like them better when they are imaginary. Anyway the protagonist balances out the sane storyline well enough so as not to make me toss it into my trash bin. As a detective novel goes, it’s a good read. As a Stephen King book, mehhh.35

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Dude1 star

In the review it LITERALLY tells us who the killer is. It ruined the element of surprise.15


Boring1 star

This has got to be the biggest waste of time I’ve ever read. It’s incredibly predictable, dragged out, and sounds like it was written by a twelve year old boy when it comes to detective Hodges and janey’s relationship. I was so bored while reading it that I resorted to skimming just so I could finish it.15

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