Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

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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.



  • Audible Audio Edition
  • Listening Length: 14 hours and 22 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • Release Date: June 3, 2014



20 thoughts on “Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

  1. I loved 11.22.63 too, a brilliant read! I haven’t read many King books though as I am not too good with horror etc. but I will try The Stand I think. Not sure about this one. I’m glad the narration kept it interesting for you.

  2. I’ve heard mixed things about this one, and the fact that it’s going to be a trilogy makes me hesitant to commit to reading it. I haven’t read 11.22.63, but it sounds like I have to!

  3. I’m a lifelong SK lover and haven’t yet made my way to Mr. Mercedes. As someone who loves his stuff without question, I assume it wont end up as a potential DNF for me. But I really appreciated your insight and thoughts on it!

  4. I haven’t read any Stephen King yet though I’ve seen several of the movies. I’ve been thinking about trying him out. I do have the chance to get this one on audio from the library so I might give it a try. I’ll go in with reasonable expectations though. Thanks for sharing!

  5. I liked this one more than you did, it help my attention and I liked the retired police officer. SK is so diverse, not everything he writes works for me.

  6. I completely agree with you on 11/22/63, it was brilliant! Just this evening I downloaded Doctor Sleep as my next listen, hope I like it, the reviews are favorable.

  7. I started listening to this in audio back in November, but I put it down and haven’t gotten back to it yet. But I want to! I thought Will Patton’s narration was excellent, too.

  8. 11/22/63 yes, this one not too sure about. I don’t read King anymore but I used to be a big fan of his, though he could be hit or miss for me. I don’t do really gory or gross-out violence, but his more psychological thrillers are…wow!

  9. Just finished Mr. Mercedes myself. And while I enjoyed it and had no DNF issues, I’m not feeling this as a successful trilogy. ESPECIALLY for King. It was enjoyable for me, but nowhere near strong enough to be a King series.

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