Summary: 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, 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 Hartfield 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 a couple of highly unlikely 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…Read more.
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Stephen King: Mr. Mercedes Audio Book Summary
In the early hours of one morning, in a city in the United States, there is a cluster of unemployed people waiting to enter the employment office with the intention of applying for one of the jobs that have been announced. A Mercedes automobile, emerges from the fog overrunning as many people as it can reach, then it goes back to finish its act. The Mercedes flee leaving a balance of eight people dead and many other injuries.
Months later, the case remains unresolved, when an anonymous letter arrives at the hands of retired detective Bill Hodges written by the alleged culprit where he accepts his responsibility and admits to having enjoyed the feeling of killing and expresses his intention to do it again, Hodges decides to make an exception to his retirement and get to work to catch the killer.
The name of the killer is Brady Harstfield, a young man with mental problems and unresolved issues with his mother. He has a plan both for him and for Bill Hodges.
Stephen King explores with this work, the genre of police fiction coming out of his usual style of science fiction and suspense.
Unlike the police works we are accustomed to reading, in this one, the identity of the murderer is known from the first moment, the question will be how to catch someone who appears to be a ghost.
The portrait of the psychology of the characters is what allows the reader to hook with them, discover the characteristics of the psyche of the killer, but also the agent, and the secondary characters such as Jerome and Holly.
The beginning of the book is uphill, however, as you progress in reading, you can go sympathizing with the characters and the pace is accelerated, as well as the desire for the case to be resolved.
Something that was criticized negatively about the story’s argument is that Bill, being a former policeman, never wanted to turn this in or ask the police for help believing that he could handle them perfectly well alone, it stands to reason that Hodges wanted to know about the Because he was obsessed with not having been able to solve it at the time, which is not logical is that the murder of the murderer practically without help.
It is well known that Stephen King knows how to tell stories and keep the reader on the edge of his seat and Mr. Mercedes is no exception, the book is the first installment of what will be a trilogy, followed by Finders Keepers and End of Watch as well That there is still more of Bill Hodges for a while.
The narrative of the American actor Will Patton in the audible version is amazing. It captures both the attention as if it were reading the written version or sometimes more. Take the police and psychological plot to a new level