A retired cop and a couple of unlikely allies race against time to stop a psycho-loner intent on blowing up thousands...Stephen King is on a roll, this time with the heart-pounding suspense that he does best. A cat-and-mouse suspense thriller featuring a retired homicide detective who's haunted... show more
A retired cop and a couple of unlikely allies race against time to stop a psycho-loner intent on blowing up thousands...Stephen King is on a roll, this time with the heart-pounding suspense that he does best. A cat-and-mouse suspense thriller featuring a retired homicide detective who's haunted by the few cases he left open, and by one in particular - the pre-dawn slaughter of eight people among hundreds gathered in line for the opening of a jobs fair when the economy was guttering out. Without warning, a lone driver ploughed through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes. 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. Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, hell-bent on preventing that from happening. Brady Hartfield 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.
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Pages no: 496
Edition language: English
Series: Bill Hodges Trilogy (#1)
Well plotted and plausible thriller, but as usual with King’s books, it was the characters and their individual stories that drove me on through most of the book. The “what happens next” takes the co-pilot seat in the last third of the book, turning into a real nail-biter at the end. King’s genius...
First of all can I just say that I'm so done with listening to older guys getting way too into awkward sex scenes when narrating audiobooks... I wasn't that great of a fan of the narrator in the first place and after that it just got really painful. Will Patton drawled his way through this and while...
Great book! I read it out of order, starting with Finders Keepers, then End of Watch, finally coming to the original, but it was easy as all three can exist on their own. Liked seeing the beginning of friendships with Jerome and Holly, and then the relationship with Janey and how he found Brady. ...
Although the ex-detective is an idiot who apparently forgot all about procedure and common sense, the other characters were smart and helpful, and I liked them a lot. The middle of the book lagged a bit, but the beginning and end were really engaging. Four stars!
A Mercedes plows through a group of job seekers killing 8 and injuring many, but the driver is never caught. For now retired detective, Bill Hodges, life has been so empty he’s been thinking about eating a bullet when he gets a letter from the driver. Now Bill, with a new zeal for life, is back on...
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