"In the gloomy pre-dawn hours of a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of unemployed hopefuls are lined up for a job fair. Without warning, a merciless driver plows through the crowd in a roaring Mercedes. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes into the early-spring fog, never to be seen or heard from again. Until now... Detective Bill Hodges is a battle-hardened and streetwise crime fighter originally assigned to the Mercedes killings. Now retired, Hodges has lost his way in boredom and depression craving the thrills of taking down the region's most notorious criminals. When a disturbing letter from the Mercedes Killer arrives at his door, Hodges soon finds himself uncontrollably drawn into a cat-and-mouse pursuit with stakes beyond comprehension. Mr. Mercedes is King's first 'hard-boiled detective tale'. It will transport you into a vibrant and dangerous world filled with gritty characters living on the bleeding edge of reason."
- There was true detective work involved. Yes, we as the readers know who did the crime. But going through the process with the main character, Ret. Detective Hodges, made it really interesting. I liked seeing his cop instincts in action.
- He had some interesting "sidekicks" help him during his unofficial investigation into the identity of Mr. Mercedes. My favorite was Jerome, the teen who occasionally mows his lawn, but is also probably his closest (and only) friend.
- There were a few parts of the book that were super uncomfortable - can't tell you what they are without spoiling some of the story. But I mean, come on, it's about a murderer, so that's kind of to be expected. But what I like about Stephen King is that he doesn't pull any punches. He could sugar coat it or skim over it, but he lets us delve into the mind of the psychotic killer.