One morning the unemployed of varied ages and desperation have lined up through the cold night outside a job fair, when a lone killer plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes. Eight are killed; Fifteen are wounded. Stephen King has long been prescient about the psycho-killers among us, and his depiction of here is both uncanny and chilling. This is masterful suspense.
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 Hartsfield 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.
"Pays off exuberantly . . . Surprising and invigorating." The New York Times
"One morning the unemployed of varied ages and desperation have lined up through the cold night outside a job fair, when a lone killer plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes. Eight are killed; Fifteen are wounded. Only a retired cop haunted by the unsolved killings, along with a couple of unlikely allies, can apprehend the killer in this race against time. Because the killer's next mission, will kill or maim hundreds, even thousands. King has long been prescient about the psycho-killers among us, and his depiction of here is both uncanny and chilling. This is masterful suspense. "
Stephen King, geb. 1947 in Portland, Maine, war zunächst als Englischlehrer tätig, bevor ihm 1973 mit seinem ersten Roman 'Carrie' der Durchbruch gelang. Seither hat gilt er als einer der erfolgreichsten Schriftsteller weltweit. Im November 2003 erhielt er den Sonderpreis der National Book Foundation für sein Lebenswerk. Stephen King lebt mit seiner Frau Tabitha in Bangor, Maine.