Retired Cop Bill Hodges was pretty proud of his career record. Most of the crimes he was involved in solving were brought to completion.
One crime, still unsolved, still haunts Bill. Months earlier, a group of people waiting in line at a job fair were plowed down by a man driving a Mercedes. Not only did he run over the people with no mercy… he backed up and hit them again leaving 8 dead and 15 wounded. The driver was never caught.
Now, Bill has received a letter. A letter from the man who claims he committed this crime and egging on Bill about leaving this crime unsolved.
Well… retirement was boring anyways.
Stephen King is an author that I seem to be surprised that I still read. I read him often in High School, but after graduation found him to be a bit too much for me and I moved on. In recent years, mainly due to his surprise hit of 11-22-63 (so good – do not miss it!), I tend to drift back to his newer writing… cautiously testing the waters. While his writing is still King, his writing seems some what smoother… still spooky topics, but either I have mellowed…. or he has.
Perhaps… it is both of us.
I think Mr. King tested me a bit on this one. While a pretty good story line (hit and run criminal contacts retired cop and taunts him about being unable to find him), I struggled with some of the actual situations in the book. Think Norman Bates awkward relationship with his mother but more…more. Ugh more.
The story line is what held me to this audio, I did want to know what would happen in the end. Yet even more than the story line, Will Pattons narration was a home run for this audio. I am pretty sure if not for the excellent narration I would have probably let this one go as a DNF. Will Patton had just the right voice for narrating a retired cop. I really enjoyed listening to him.
Over all… Mr. Mercedes is not a win for me. This is supposed to be a trilogy buy I can not imagine that I will carry on with the story line… however, I never say never.