Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King, 437 pages

In King's latest book, he entertains the reader while breaking away yet again from his traditional horror roots.  Mr. Mercedes tells the cat and mouse story of a retired police detective and the mass murderer who got away.  Upon retirement, Det. Hodges left only three cases open, two of which his partner was closing in on.  But one kept Hodges up at night, the Mercedes Killer.  Then one day, Mr. Mercedes makes contact with Det. Hodges, and the games begin.

Despite not being like King's classic works, I really enjoyed this one.  At no point while reading did I think that any information given to me was unneeded.  Also, minor spoilers-ish, you (the reader) know who the killer is all along.  In fact, a good portion of the narrative is told from his perspective...and it was pretty cool.  To demonstrate how good the story was, I'm a pretty slow reader and I basically read the entirety of the book in one weekend.

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