Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
Mr. Mercedes is Book #1 in the Bill Hodges Trilogy, the first hard-boiled detective novel by the ridiculously prolific Stephen King. While I am a huge fan of Stephen King’s writing, he usually writes in a genre I don’t prefer. In this case, I waited for th e last book in the trilogy before tackling this series.
Mr. Mercedes won the Edgar Award for Best Novel of the Year from the Mystery Writers of America. In this novel, a stolen Mercedes plows through a crowd of men and women on line for a job fair in a distressed American city. Then the lone driver backs up, charges again, and speeds off, leaving eight dead and more wounded. The case goes unsolved and ex-cop Bill Hodges is out of hope when he gets a letter from a man who loved the feel of death under the Mercedes’s wheels …
King can dish it out as raw as it comes. This is the beginning of a great story in the hands of a supremely accomplished author.