Mr. Mercedes Book Review
A true detective story from Stephen King, where the only extraordinary strangeness is a human psychopath. King referred to Mr. Mercedes as his “first hard-boiled detective tale.”
A young, disturbed man steals a Mercedes and rams it through a crowd, killing eight innocent people. Months later, after the case has gone cold, the detective receives a letter from someone claiming to be the Mercedes Killer. Now retired, Detective Bill Hodges quietly takes on the case and unravels a dangerous, unpredictable series of events.
Mr. Mercedes is the first book of the Bill Hodges trilogy by Stephen King. The second book, Finders Keepers, was recently released. See a Cleveland Finders Keepers review here.
Point of View
The point of view switches between the two main characters, the detective and the psychopath killer, making the suspense not who is the killer, but will the killer be stopped. The direct interaction between the two is limited to online letters. Knowing both parties motives, plans, and speculations gives the reader a lot of power; the reader knows everything while they watch characters speculate.
It could very well deserve more stars but I’ve been overloaded with King novels lately and the style and suspense becomes too redundant to fully enjoy. Don’t get me wrong, I love Stephen King and I enjoyed and recommend this book, but it didn’t capture my full attention.
My Previous Stephen King book reviews:
Revival – 2.5 stars
The Long Walk – 5 stars – published under King’s pseudonym, Richard Bachman
The Shining – 5 stars
Doctor Sleep – 4 stars
11/22/63 – 5 stars – this was my first book review ever!