The Resource Mr. Mercedes : a novel, Stephen King

Mr. Mercedes : a novel, Stephen King

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Mr. Mercedes : a novel
Title
Mr. Mercedes
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Stephen King
Title variation
Mister Mercedes
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Language
eng
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"--
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Award
  • Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Novel, 2015.
  • Goodreads Choice Award, 2014.
Review
  • After having written over 50 horror, sf/fantasy, and suspense novels, King pens his first hard-boiled detective thriller. A maniac accelerates a Mercedes into hundreds of unemployed applicants lined up at a job fair—killing eight and wounding 15. Det. Bill Hodges, a streetwise inspector, searches unsuccessfully for the Mercedes killer. After he retires, the bored detective receives a crazed note from the lunatic driver, Brady Hartfield, who promises to strike again in an even more diabolical manner. Hodges's talented and eccentric assistants unravel Brady's convoluted computer records revealing when he intends to drive a wheelchair strapped with eplosives into a concert arena jam-packed with screaming teenyboppers. VERDICT King's customary use of bizarre events and freakish characters does not provide a credible basis for this detective novel. Also, he encumbers the plotline with insignificant details, causing his thriller to plod along rather than pulse with the tension and suspense often characteristic of detective fiction. [Prepub Alert, 1/1/14.]— Jerry P. Miller, Cambridge, MA --Jerry P. Miller (Reviewed May 15, 2014) (Library Journal, vol 139, issue 9, p72)
  • In his latest suspenser, the prolific King (Joyland, 2013, etc.) returns to the theme of the scary car—except this one has a scary driver who's as loony but logical unto himself as old Jack Torrance from The Shining.It's an utterly American setup: Over here is a line of dispirited people waiting to get into a job fair, and over there is a psycho licking his chops at the easy target they present; he aims a car into the crowd and mows down a bunch of innocents, killing eight and hurting many more. The car isn't his. The malice most certainly is, and it's up to world-weary ex-cop Bill Hodges to pull himself up from depression and figure out the identity of the author of that heinous act. That author offers help: He sends sometimes-taunting, sometimes-sympathy-courting notes explaining his actions. ("I must say I exceeded my own wildest expectations," he crows in one, while in another he mourns, "I grew up in a physically and sexually abusive household.") With a cadre of investigators in tow, Hodges sets out to avert what is certain to be an even greater trauma, for the object of his cat-and-mouse quest has much larger ambitions, this time involving a fireworks show worthy of Fight Club. And that's not his only crime: He's illegally downloaded "the whole Anarchist Cookbook from BitTorrent," and copyright theft just may be the ultimate evil in the King moral universe. King's familiar themes are all here: There's craziness in spades and plenty of alcohol and even a carnival, King being perhaps the most accomplished coulrophobe at work today. The storyline is vintage King, too: In the battle of good and evil, good may prevail—but never before evil has caused a whole lot of mayhem.The scariest thing of all is to imagine King writing a happy children's book. This isn't it: It's nicely dark, never predictable and altogether entertaining.(Kirkus Reviews, May 15, 2014)
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http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10307627
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1947-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
King, Stephen
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
Interest level
UG
Literary form
fiction
Reading level
5.4
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Bill Hodges novels
Series volume
0001
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
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  • Mercedes automobiles
  • Serial murderers
  • FICTION
  • FICTION
  • FICTION
  • Mercedes automobiles
  • Serial murderers
  • Thriller
  • Roman
  • Amerikanisches Englisch
Label
Mr. Mercedes : a novel, Stephen King
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Content category
text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
1019642
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First Scribner hardcover edition.
Extent
437 pages
Isbn
9781476754451
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2013046172
Media category
unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
Other control number
40023906067
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  • (Sirsi) i9781476754451
  • (OCoLC)865452311
Label
Mr. Mercedes : a novel, Stephen King
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1019642
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First Scribner hardcover edition.
Extent
437 pages
Isbn
9781476754451
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2013046172
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40023906067
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781476754451
  • (OCoLC)865452311

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