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; 15 are wounded. The killer escapes into the early-spring fog never to be seen from again.
"Mr Mercedes", published in UK by Hodder & Stoughton and in India by Hachette, is a cat-and-mouse suspense story featuring a retired homicide detective who is haunted by the few cases he left open, and particularly the pre-dawn slaughter.
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 regions most notorious criminals.
The plot is kicked into gear when Bill Hodges receives a letter in the mail, from a man claiming to be the perpetrator.
He taunts Hodges with the notion that he will strike again.
After the disturbing letter arrives at his door, Hodges soon finds himself uncontrollably drawn into a pursuit with stakes beyond comprehension.
Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, hell-bent on preventing that from happening.
Brady Hartsfield lives with his alcoholic mother in the house where he was born. And he's preparing to kill again. Only Hodges, with a couple of misfit friends, can apprehend the killer in this high-stakes race against time. Because Brady's next mission, if it succeeds, will kill or maim hundreds, even thousands. MORE PTI ZMN ANS 07011407
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The book is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.
"Mr Mercedes" is Stephen's first "hard-boiled detective tale". It is the first novel in a projected trilogy. The second installment titled "Finders Keepers" is expected next year.
King is the bestselling author of more than 50 books. His recent works include "Doctor Sleep" and "Under the Dome", now a major TV series. Many of his books have been turned into celebrated films including "Misery", "The Shawshank Redemption" and "The Green Mile".
Hodder & Stoughton publishers have worked with the agency The Upside, which has devised a creative strategy highlighting the fabulous breadth of King's storytelling. The idea is simple: have some of King's classic characters come to life to introduce his new book and thereby increase the audience beyond his typical fan base.
The concept is executed by the director-animator Andrew Griffin.
Five mini animations of 15" have been created, each featuring a different character from one of King's celebrated books. Each will reveal more about "Mr Mercedes", the eponymous character in King's new novel.