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End of Watch: A Novel (The Bill Hodges Trilogy) by Stephen King

Reviewed by Allen Hott

End of WatchYou have to enjoy his stories as they are always very intense and somewhat macabre. However you have to have an active imagination and accept some things even though you may have severe doubts.

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End of Watch is the third in a series about Brady Hartsfield who was the perpetrator in Mr. Mercedes. In that King novel Hartsfield drove a Mercedes into a line of folks lined up for job interviews. He not only ran over them but also backed over them. Later he planned a major massacre at a young folks show. However Bill Hodges, a retired police officer and now private investigator, with his associate, Holly Gilbney, brought down Hartsfield with a severe blow to the head. That blow put him in a hospital where he still resides and supposedly has no working mental capabilities. Bill has visited him often and does not believe that he is incapacitated to the extent the doctors do.
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Mr. Mercedes: A Novel by Stephen King

Mr. MercedesReviewed by Allen Hott

Stephen King is known for his suspense and is thought of for those dealing in psychic matters like Carrie and The Shining. However he can really write a tremendous suspense filled thriller with everyday happenings and no spooky things involved. Mr. Mercedes has to be one of his best.

The title is not really the name of a person or even a nickname. In fact the Mercedes part is an automobile which plays a part all of its own in this case. The book starts with a huge crowd of people standing in line to hopefully gain early entrance into a Job Fair. The horrible thing that occurs to that line of hopefuls leads King into his tale. Read the rest of this entry »