Diane Westerfield guest-blogs for Jessy Randall this week.
Mr. Mercedes is a cat-and-mouse game between a retired detective and a mass murderer who threatens to strike again. This is a breezy page-turner that will keep the reader on the edge of their seat.
A man plowed a stolen Mercedes (a large, heavy, high-powered edition) through a crowd of job seekers and gets away. The police detective who failed to catch him has retired, and spends his days watching trashy TV while eating and drinking too much. He considers ending it all, but the killer sends him a taunting letter that moves him to action. What follows is a constant battle of wits between the older ex-cop and the arrogant murderer, who is hidden in plain sight. Collateral damage accumulates in the wake of their contest.
This tale has no supernatural element, but based on reviews I decided to read it anyway. I enjoyed it. There were some plot points that perhaps weren't so great, but the characters were interesting. The constant twists and turns made it hard to put down. There is of course the usual Stephen King unpleasantness, which, if you've read enough King novels is something you learn to deal with.
This is the first of a trilogy of related books. I've already begun on the second, "Finders Keepers". Stephen King seems to alternate between easy and literary novels, and true to form, Mr. Mercedes is in the easy category whereas the "Finders Keepers" is more literary - or at least based on literary themes.
Diane Westerfield is a librarian by trade, currently working at Colorado College. She got her MLIS from University of Illinois Urbana Champaign and her undergraduate education from University of Chicago. Among Diane’s interests are genre fiction (especially horror), music, birdwatching, gaming, and studying German. She and her husband Todd live in Colorado Springs with two elderly cats and one big dog.