Probably more of a 4.5 star book, but Will Patton made me want to give it 10. Loved his narration. I thought he really brought out the grittiness of the characters and did a fantastic job bringing the characters to life. Loved the character Jerome, especially his alter-ego, Tyrone "Feel Good". Couldn't have asked for a better King novel to follow up Revival. If it is any consolation, I have book 2 waiting on deck and book 3 pre-ordered.
**Since Mr. Mercedes has now been made into a TV show, airing on Audience, I decided to give the audiobook another listen. The TV show stars Brendan Gleeson, Harry Treadaway, Holland Taylor, Mary-Louise Parker, and Scott Lawrence (just to name a few. To be honest, it is the one of the best adaptations of a Stephen King novel to date; and as we are all aware, there have been ALOT of adaptions.
Now, onto the actual book.
A group of job seekers is huddled outside of City Center, waiting for their opportunity to find employment. It's 3:00am, it's cold, and there is general unrest as the financial crisis in the country continues to unfold. A pair of headlights, and then high-beams, throw bright light on the mass. The masked individual behind the wheel blares the horn and accelerates at the confused individuals, running over several and killing 8. Detective Bill Hodges is on the case, dubbed "The City Center Massacre" and states that he will catch the Mercedes Killer. Low and behold, Hodges retires before the killer is found but that night continues to haunt him. But it isn't over yet as Hodges, losing his grip on reality with retirement, receives a threatening letter from the supposed Mercedes Killer. Only this time, it's the killer coming after the retired detective.
After a 2nd listen, I still say that Will Patton (Remember the Titans, Gone in 60 Seconds) is my favorite audiobook narrator. His voice continues to stick in my mind and he just has the perfect voice inflection for each and every character, especially our boys Hodges and Hartsfield.
I've read quite a few books by King but Mr. Mercedes is up there as one of my favs. His writing is so simple, yet satisfyingly great. I love how he writes in references to his other novels (IT, Christine, etc) and creates his own universe among his works. His characters are unique yet they feel like family members or friends as you get to explore them, peeling back the skin and diving into their emotions. From the depressive and suicidal thoughts of Det. Hodges, to the insane and downright creepy mindset of Brady Hartsfield, King has delivered. He also does a great job of leaving cliffhanger endings so you are always craving the next book.
I suggest at least watching the pilot episode of the show and then grabbing the book/audio if it keeps your interest. I will also be continuing my 2nd listen-through of the trilogy here soon.