Mr. Mercedes is an excellent thriller written by Stephen King and published in 2014. Mr. Mercedes opens with the P.O.V. of Augie Odenkirk, a man going to the City Center in hopes of finding a job, who narrates the events of that dreadful morning. After that, the rest of the story continues form Kermit William Hodges P.O.V. as a retired detective. It should be known that this story is told from a third-person narration which makes it much easier to understand when King transitions from the P.O.V. of the protagonist to the antagonist. The introduction takes place in 2009 (as it is stated in the book); however, once the introduction is over the rest of the story takes place in 2014. I would say this book is a thriller; although, I am sure there are some who would call it horror. Everyone can agree that is definitely invigorating as King builds up the excitement by creating the abysmal backstory to Brady Hartsfield (Mr. Mercedes himself) and giving tidbits of information on the private life of our very own Det.-Ret. Bill Hodges. Stephen King is recognized as one of the most successful horror writers of all time and has written 57 novels and more short stories which have been assembled into book collections.
I think that Mr. Mercedes was an amazingly written story that had me up so late it was early. The suspense of the novel and my own curiosity made reading it an adventure. I will gladly continue the Hodges trilogy because I want to see these characters in action, again. I recommend this to anyone who has never read a Stephen King novel (or who has and wants to read more). It has the perfect combination of suspense, thrill, romance, friendship, and action. Whom could it not please? -k