“End Of Watch” is the final book in the “Mr. Mercedes” trilogy. You can take it as part of that series or it stands the test as a stand-alone novel about madness, the Supernatural, detective novel or comment on modern society. It ticks all the boxes.
Retired Detective Bill Hodges now runs a two-person firm called “Finders Keepers” with his partner Holly Gibney. They met after murderous killer Brady Hartsfield has run down and killed a queue of people waiting in a line for jobs.
Time moves on as does Book 23 in the series where Brady is clobbered to an “unresponsive mental state,” by Holly trying to avoid another Brady style massacre.
But Brady isn’t dead, or unresponsive. Unable to move, we discover Brady’s supernatural power to control others and a particular skill to manipulate through a game device known as a “Zappitt.”
Through his ability to move into the minds of others, he plans another range of murders and it is up to Bill, Holly and Jerome to win the day.
“End of Watch,” is a good read. Not so far fetched as to be unbelievable and with an uncanny ability to predict the future, I found King’s latest novel to be especially relevant in what is happening in the world today. Mowing down innocent people with a heavy vehicle, youth’s dependancy on eletronic media that overrides their common sense, all seem very reral even if you don’t accept the supernatural side. But heck it wouldn’t be Stephen King withouty the Supernatural would it? And the best aprt of the “Supernatural” event is that it is not beyond belief, it merely stretches it.
“End of Watch” is up with the first of the seriers, beats the second book, and paints characters you can relate and ejoy.