4 out of 5 stars
Mr. Mercedes is my second Stephen King book. It is a fairly straight forward murder/suspense. What sets is apart from other books is the characters. The main character Bill Hodges is perfect as a retired cop given new life when contacted by a murderer. The villain is both sympathetic and repellant. I found it difficult to read some scenes with him because he was so evil, but at the same time the author made me understand him as well. The supporting characters Jerome and Holly really made the book for me. They were funny, smart, and unexpected. I would definitely recommend this book for fans of mystery/suspense.