Mr Mercedes (Bill Hodges Trilogy #1)
In a mega-stakes, high-suspense race against time, three of the most unlikely and winning heroes Stephen King has ever created try to stop a lone killer from blowing up thousands.
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, backs up, and charges again. Eight are killed; fifteen wounded. The killer escapes. Months later, retired cop Bill Hodges gets a letter threatening an even more diabolical attack, and is hell-bent on preventing another tragedy.
Stephen King might just be America's greatest living novelist ... THE BEST THRILLER OF THE YEAR ... recommended to crime buffs and King fans alike. Sunday Express I challenge you not to read this book in one breathless sitting Guardian A thrilling cat-and-mouse game Irish Mail on Sunday Enough to say that Mr Mercedes goes out not with one bang, but several - all satisfyingly unexpected. He's back with a novel different from, but as good as, anything he's previously done The Times A tightly plotted crime novel that retains that essential, instantly recognisable flavour that has distinguished King's fiction...On one level, Mr Mercedes is an expertly crafted example of the classic race-against-the-clock thriller. On another, it is a novel of depth and character...rich, resonant, exceptionally readable Washington Post To be held firmly by the hand, through this tough crime thriller by the assured narrative skill of Stephen King, make the act of reading an event. There should have been a sticker on the cover 'no book mark required' Shots When it comes to grabbing an audience by the throat and giving them no choice but to keep reading, King has no equal, and I challenge you not to finish this novel in one breathless sitting ... King transcends genre, and is too warm and compassionate a writer to settle for jaggedly noir suspense. Guardian Expect page-turning suspense, jaw-dropping twists and all the addictive brilliance of a classic Stephen King FHM Nobody can do it quite like Stephen King ... He's a storyteller; one you'd have listened to for hours, as the sun set and the gulls cried on the dockside at Piraeus Spectator King aficionados will be riveted from the first explosion of violence to the final, equally seismic climax Financial Times Hypnotic and creepy, it deserves to be ranked alongside King's masterpieces Daily Mail America's greatest living novelist. -- Lee Child The most remarkable storyteller in modern American literature. -- Mark Lawson Guardian King's gift of storytelling is unrivalled. His ferocious imagination is unlimited. -- George Pelecanos
Stephen King is the bestselling author of more than 50 books. His recent work includes DOCTOR SLEEP and UNDER THE DOME, now a major TV series. His novel 11.22.63 won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers Association. Many of his books have been turned into celebrated films including Misery, The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives with his wife, novelist Tabitha King, in Maine, USA.