New York Times best-seller number one! Three of Stephen King's most unlikely heroes attempt to stop a lone killer from killing thousands in a high-suspense race against time. Mr. Mercedes is a rich, resonant, and eminently readable achievement by a man who can write in any genre he chooses, accordin... g to The Washington Post.
Desperate unemployed people line up in the cold pre-dawn hours of a distressed Midwestern city for a spot at a job fair. A lone driver in a stolen Mercedes plows through the crowd, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. There are eight people killed and fifteen people injured. The assailant gets away.
Bill Hodges, a retired cop from another part of town, is still haunted by the unsolved crime months later. When Hodges receives a crazed letter from someone claiming to be the "perk" and threatening an even more diabolical attack, he awakens from his depressed and vacant retirement, hell-bent on averting another tragedy.
Brady Hartsfield resides in the house where he was born with his alcoholic mother. He loved the rush of death under the Mercedes' wheels, and he wants it again. Only Bill Hodges, with the help of two new, unusual allies, will be able to apprehend the murderer before he strikes again. They don't have time to waste because Brady's next mission, if successful, will kill or maim thousands of people.
Mr. Mercedes is a tale of good versus evil from the master of suspense, whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.
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Rich people can be generous, even the ones with bloodcurdling political views can be generous, but most believe in generosity on their own terms, and underneath (not so deep, either), they’re always afraid someone is going to steal their presents and eat their birthday cake.
When Hodges returns to his chair with his small bundle of mail, the fight-show host is saying goodbye and promising his TV Land audience that tomorrow there will be midgets. Whether of the physical or mental variety he does not specify.