End of watch : a novel

by King, Stephen, 1947-

Format: Print Book 2017
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The fabulously suspenseful and "smashing" ( The New York Times Book Review ) final novel in the Bill Hodges trilogy from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers !

For nearly six years, in Room 217 of the Lakes Region Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, Brady Hartsfield has been in a persistent vegetative state. A complete recovery seems unlikely for the insane perpetrator of the "Mercedes Massacre," in which eight people were killed and many more maimed for life. But behind the vacant stare, Brady is very much awake and aware, having been pumped full of experimental drugs...scheming, biding his time as he trains himself to take full advantage of the deadly new powers that allow him to wreak unimaginable havoc without ever leaving his hospital room. Brady Hartsfield is about to embark on a new reign of terror against thousands of innocents, hell-bent on taking revenge against anyone who crossed his path--with retired police detective Bill Hodges at the very top of that long list....
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "King's first mystery trilogy comes to an it's-definitely-over finish by largely sidestepping Finders Keepers (2015) to finish up business with vehicular killer Brady Hartsfield from Mr. Mercedes (2014). King, at last, can't resist going supernatural: Brady, comatose for six years, has been receiving the experimental drug Cerebellin, and though his body is worthless, he's gained telekinetic ability enough to make Carrie White jealous. By taking over the body of his doctor, Brady becomes Dr. Z, distributing to kids he failed to kill in Mr. Mercedes Zappit game consoles preloaded with particularly nasty malware that, when activated, will compel its users to commit suicide. It's an impressively mean concept spurred by a constricted time line: our protag, retired detective Bill Hodges, has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and has only three days before treatment begins. As with Doctor Sleep (2013), some of the paranormal elements feel hasty, and King overexplains plot while underexplaining motives. Still, the idea of a human drone is rich, and his sleuthing heroes are easy to love and miss when they are gone. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: King's mystery experiment has been page-flipping fun from the start, and no one's going to want to miss seeing how it all pans out.--Kraus, Daniel Copyright 2016 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "After two straightforward crime thrillers, MWA Grand Master King (Finders Keepers) torques this third and final novel featuring retired detective Bill Hodges into his trademark terror territory. Hodges has long suspected that Brady Hartsfield, the brain-damaged mass murderer captured at the end of Mr. Mercedes, has been faking his catatonia, and his suspicions are reinforced by rumors circulating in Brady's hospital ward (in what may be a Midwestern state) that he can move objects telekinetically. The truth is actually worse: with the help of secretly administered experimental drugs and skillfully hacked computer technology, Brady has found a way to project his personality into others and commandeer them as his "organic wheelchairs." The stage is set for Brady to compel mass suicide among users of a handheld gaming device whose interface he's hijacked, and to draw out Hodges to settle a personal score. King has dealt before with this novel's different themes-endowment with dangerous supernatural powers, the zombifying effect of modern consumer electronics-but he finds fresh approaches to them and inventive ways to introduce them in the lives of his recurring cast of sympathetic characters, whose pains and triumphs the reader feels. King's legion of fans will find this splice of mystery and horror a fitting finale to his Bill Hodges trilogy. Agent: Chuck Verrill, Darhansoff & Verrill Literary Agents. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Series King, Stephen, 1947- Bill Hodges trilogy.
#1 - Mr. Mercedes
#2 - Finders keepers
#3 - End of watch
Subjects Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction.
Private investigators -- Fiction.
Psychopaths -- Fiction.
Suicide -- Fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)
Horror fiction.
Publisher New York :Pocket Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster,2017
Edition First Pocket Books paperback edition.
Language English
Description 482 pages ; 19 cm.
ISBN 9781501134135
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