by Stephen King
“Mr. Mercedes: A Novel (The Bill Hodges Trilogy)” is a war between good and evil. Stephen King is the author of this novel. The overarching theme of the series, first shown early in “Mr. Mercedes,” is suicide, both the tragedy of it and some people’s fascination with it. In this thriller, Det. Ret. (Detective, Retired) K. William Hodges frequently has suicide on his mind. His life doesn’t seem to have many purposes since his retirement, he doesn’t often see his old friends and is largely estranged from his daughter.
On top of that, several cases, still open when he left the police force, still weigh on him, especially the case of a man who plowed a Mercedes into a job fair crowd, killing eight and wounding many more. Then, he receives a letter in the mail from the Mercedes Killer, bragging about the mass murder and taunting him. What ensues is as much a psychological battle as a mystery as Hodges pursues the killer, often breaking the law to do so. This story is filled with well-rounded characters, complex motivations, and action. It’s a powerful start to a fantastic trilogy.