Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Mr. Mercedes: A Novel by Stephen King

People often lump Stephen King into the horror writer genera but he is so much more then that.  They immediately conjure imagines of ghosts, monsters, killer clowns and things that go bump in the night.

When, I think of Stephen King as a writer, I picture, sociological experiments, psychological thrillers and good writing. I expect to go on a journey with his characters. I know his story won't be formulaic and that, I will be entertained. I'm not saying every book he has written is a winner but you have to have an appreciation for his craft because it tends to have well developed characters and thought out plots.

Mr. Mercedes is a classic, King novel. It has realistic characters, minor characters that play pivotal roles and twist and turns that keep you turning the pages.

Mr. Mercedes starts of with a bang. A madman intentionally plows into a group of job seekers causing death and injury. A year passes and no one has been apprehended. The lead detective on the case, Hodges retires and then --- he receives a letter that lures him into a cat and mouse game with the killer.

King is at the top of his game with this book. Set some time aside because once you start reading you won't want to stop.

Grade: A+

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