Series: Bill Hodges Trilogy #1
In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes.
In another part of town, months later, a retired cop named Bill Hodges is still haunted by the unsolved crime. When he gets a crazed letter from someone who self-identifies as the "perk" and threatens an even more diabolical attack, Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, hell-bent on preventing another tragedy.
Brady Hartfield lives with his alcoholic mother in the house where he was born. He loved the feel of death under the wheels of the Mercedes, and he wants that rush again.
Only Bill Hodges, with a couple of highly unlikely allies, can apprehend the killer before he strikes again. And they have no time to lose, because Brady’s next mission, if it succeeds, will kill or maim thousands.
Mr. Mercedes 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.
I have to also mention Brady, the antagonist. This character is impressive. Not only is he relatable (yeah, there were a few moments where I found myself even liking him!), he was absolutely insane and caustic. He couldn't be allowed to continue and his emotional instability with his anger issues is so on point with someone of his mental instabilities. I was biting my nails when he got it into his mind to break his rules, to be noticed, and be prepared to take his anger to an all new level.
The pacing was great. I didn't feel that there was anything slow, or wasting the readers time. In fact, I found the research just in the day of a police officer to be ridiculously accurate. There were terms that I haven't heard anyone but peace officers I know use.