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Mr. Mercedes, Stephen King’s first book in a detective trilogy featuring Bill Hodges, tells the story of an investigator forced out of retirement after receiving an anonymous letter from a serial killer. Calling himself only as the “Mercedes Killer,” the letter, meant to push the detective to the edge and commit suicide, described classified details of a case that Hodges was unable to solve during his active years. Knowing that it is now up to him to solve the case and put his mind at rest, Hodges together with a 17-year old tech geek, Jerome and the niece of a former flame, race against time to put the “Mercedes Killer” down before he strikes again.

In 2015, the Mystery Writers of America gave Mr. Mercedes the Edgar Award for Best Novel. It also became the Goodreads Choice Awards for the Mystery and Thriller category the previous year.

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Table of Contents

Introducing Mr. Mercedes

Introducing the Author

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Introducing Mr. Mercedes

AFTER RETIRING FROM THE FORCE, DETECTIVE BILL Hodges pretty much had nothing to live for. Putting the excitement and thrill of his work behind him had left the detective feeling glum and useless, so much so that he contemplated ending his life numerous times to put an end to the monotony.

But it seemed that the detective’s career was far from over. One fateful day, Hodges received a letter from someone who called himself the “Mercedes Killer.” The letter detailed information about a case towards the end of the detective’s career that he was unable to solve. One sunny day, a mysterious stolen Mercedes plowed through numerous people waiting in line for a job fair. No one found out who did it until this day when someone admitted to the crime.

Meant to drive Hodges to the edge of his sanity, the letter had the opposite effect, and the detective soon came out of retirement to play cat-and-mouse with the killer, whose unstable mind was determined to kill more people for fun.

Mr. Mercedes is the first part of the Bill Hodges trilogy and marks the famous author’s shift in genre. While none of his usual supernatural elements were included in the novel, the Maine native’s carefully woven narrative about the hunt for a mass murderer is ever present and obvious. The way a man’s twisted mind works to justify evil acts was vividly described to add credibility and build the story.

Since the novel is not a case of “who did it,” every sentence and chapter carefully builds on the momentum of how the killer will finally be caught.

Many received the novel well and hailed King’s new work because of how he played and modernized a “traditional detective” genre and was successful in keeping his readers at the edge of their seats with his masterful storytelling. In 2015, it was announced that the book is up for a television series adaptation with the author as one of the executive producers.

Finders Keepers followed Mr. Mercedes with End of Watch as the final installment in the trilogy.

Introducing the Author

BORN AS STEPHEN EDWIN KING IN SEPTEMBER 1947, THE Portland native is known for his horror, fantasy, science fiction and supernatural novels. 

King’s childhood was not unlike many of his characters. The author’s family also experienced financial troubles at a young age as his father left them when he was only two-years-old, leaving his mother, Nellie, to provide for him and his adopted brother, David.

At a young age, King’s love for the macabre began as he started reading horror comics. It would be later in life when he would find inspiration from these comics for his novels.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Maine, the author gained a teaching certificate to teach high school students. However, the scarcity of opportunities for him to teach led him to sell some of his stories to men’s magazines. By this time, his first daughter was already a toddler, and King needed to provide for his family.

Soon after he found a job at Hampden Academy but kept writing on the side.

King’s breakthrough novel, Carrie, almost did not make it. According to previous interviews, the author had already given up hope of finishing the story and ended up throwing the manuscript in the trash. His wife, Tabitha, took it from the bin and encouraged him to finish. He would soon write more successful novels, which have been adapted for the big screen including Carrie, Salem’s Lot, and The Shining.

The Maine native also wrote under the pen name Richard Bachman to have more of his stories published since at the start of his writing profession, published authors were limited to one release per year as thought by many publishers. He also wrote under the pseudonym John Swithen.

King’s decades old career saw him publish 54 novels, more than 200 short stories, and 6 non-fiction books. His book Mr. Mercedes has already been picked up for a TV series.

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Detective Bill Hodges is already retired when the killer contacted him to take pride in his crime. Why do think did he targeted him among the other police and investigators in the force?

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Hodges had been contemplating suicide since he retired after being unable to find a reason to live. Why do you think he reached such a low point?

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The killer mentioned a case that Hodges was unable to solve before he retired. Why do you think that caught Hodges’ interest?

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The criminal mentioned details from Olivia Trelawney from which he stole the car. How do you think this important detail played a factor in Hodges desire to solve the case?

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The “Mercedes Killer,” whose real name is Brady Hartsfield, has an incestuous relationship with his mother. How do you think this relationship affected him?

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Hartsfield killed his incapacitated brother at a young age at his mother’s behest. Why do you think he agreed to do this for her?

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While investigating the case again, Hodges fell in love with Janey, Olivia Trelawney’s sister. How do you think did his relationship with her affect his thinking in trying to solve the case?

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Hartsfield’s plan to poison the dog of Hodge’s assistant, Jerome, backfired and instead, killed his mother in the process. What effect did her death have on Mr. Mercedes?

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Janey was killed in a car bomb that was initially meant for Hodges. What do you think went through Hodges’ mind when he found out about Jane’s death?

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Janey’s niece, Holly, joined the investigation after her death. What do you think prompted her to do so?

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Holly was the one who discovered Hartsfield’s next murder plot. How do you think she managed to solve it?

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On their way to the concert, Hodges had a heart attack, which left Holly and Jerome to look for the criminal. How do you think the incident affected Hodges who was determined to find the killer himself?

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Hartsfield was wounded but remained alive after Holly struck a blow to his head to make him unconscious. What do you think should have happened to him instead?

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Even after the police found out that Hodges did not turn over the letter to them and sought to investigate and catch the killer on his own, he was not charged. Why do you think did the police did this?

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Hodges remained the main hero in the story even after it was Holly and Jerome who found Hartsfield. Why do you think that happened?

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Stephen King’s novel is not a story about the paranormal. Instead, it showed that regular people can be driven to do horrifying things because of their surroundings. Why do you think the author switched genres for this book?

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The Guardian noted that the “tension and narrative pace” of the story moved forward only towards the end. What are your thoughts on the pacing of the story?

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According to the New York Times, King was able to take the incidents of a mass shooting that happened across America and incorporate it into the book. Why do you think he chose to use this among other social issues happening in the country?

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It is said that King’s transfer of “hero power” from Hodges to Holly reflects the greater role women have nowadays. How do you think was this achieved in the book?

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The Independent noted that there were hints of Sherlock Holmes and pop culture television series such as CSI, Homicide, and Bones in the novel. How was this incorporated in the novel?

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The Independent also noted that the whole story was swallowed by the rich and “exhaustive establishment” of the world the characters are part of. What do you think the reviewer meant by this statement?

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The A.V. Club called King’s characters and ideas as “cliché” but noted that his narrative prose more than made up for the blunder. What do you think made the novel a “cliché”?

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It was said that while the book was lacking in the buildup, the ending helped make the story impressionable. How do you think did the “lack of build up” affected the whole story and how it was written?

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The A.V. Club said that the book was written like it was designed for the movies. Why do you think is that so?

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The Washington Post said that the novel is “straightforward and tightly plotted.” What do you think the author could have done differently?

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