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Mr. Mercedes
  • I'm starting a thread on this because I got an e-mail from Cemetery Dance offering it and then found that Amazon is too.  Release date is listed as June 3, 2014.  Length as of now is nearly 500 pages.
  • From my Dec 12 News from the Dead Zone post:



    Last Friday, King made an appearance at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell. During the day, he talked to a creative writing class and that evening he took part in a conversation with faculty member and writer Andre Dubus III. Dubus interviewed him for the first 30 minutes, and King took questions from the audience during the final 30 minutes. In the middle, he treated the audience to the world premiere of a new short story called “Afterlife,” which is not scheduled for publication at this time. Earlier in the day, he talked at length about the novel he is currently working on, describing the genesis and how it developed from a short story idea into a 500 page manuscript. Mr. Mercedes is more of a mystery novel and it has no supernatural elements. You can find video of the entire event at the UMass Lowell website.
  • Here's the Amazon description:



    In a mega-stakes, high-suspense race against time, three of the most unlikely and winning heroes Stephen King has ever created try to stop a lone killer from blowing up thousands.



    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes.



    In another part of town, months later, a retired cop named Bill Hodges is still haunted by the unsolved crime. When he gets a crazed letter from someone who self-identifies as the “perk” and threatens an even more diabolical attack, Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, hell-bent on preventing another tragedy.



    Brady Hartfield lives with his alcoholic mother in the house where he was born. He loved the feel of death under the wheels of the Mercedes, and he wants that rush again. Only Bill Hodges, with a couple of highly unlikely allies, can apprehend the killer before he strikes again. And they have no time to lose, because Brady’s next mission, if it succeeds, will kill or maim thousands.



    Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.
  • Simple and yet, very evocative.
  • Yeah, I like it. Clean.
  • heheh Clean. With the requisite Stephen King twist.
  • Animated British cover -- I'm getting a sense that umbrellas are important!

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  • Will Patton has been cast as the narrator for the MR. MERCEDES audiobook. Will narrated the audiobook edition of DOCTOR SLEEP to great acclaim: he’s nominated for an Audie Award for Best Male Solo Narration and the DOCTOR SLEEP audiobook was chosen as the 2013 Audiobook of the Year by Audible.

    Will is an award-winning audiobook narrator and his numerous film credits include Meeks Cutoff, Brooklyn's Finest, A Mighty Heart, Remember the Titans, The Punisher, The Mothman Prophesies, and Armageddon. He starred as Captain Weaver on the TNT series Falling Skies and won Obie Awards in the theater for his performances in Fool for Love and What Did He See.
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  • I turned in my review to CD a couple of weeks ago--should be out in May.
  • Look forward to it.  Story sounds great.  Revival sounds like it will be excellent too.
  • Thanks Willow!  
  • Step inside the mind of Mr. Mercedes -- his letter to Detective Hodges.
  • What a cool piece of marketing!  That is how you get it done!  The actor playing the narrator gave me a William Macy vibe.
  • The cover of EW's 5/16 issue promises an "exclusive excerpt from Stephen King" starting on page 38.  I presume it's from Mr. Mercedes.

    http://popwatch.ew.com/2014/05/07/the-normal-heart-cover/

  • Enter for a chance to win a Mr. Mercedes Hardcover or CD Audiobook delivered to you on publication day, June 3rd, 2014. 40 winners will be chosen at random to receive a hardcover or audiobook edition of Mr. Mercedes.
  • The Tracking Board reports that Temple Hill and Media Rights Capital have acquired the rights to Stephen King's novel Mr. Mercedes. The book will arrive on June 3.

    Here's a synopsis: In a mega-stakes, high-suspense race against time, three of the most unlikely and winning heroes Stephen King has ever created try to stop a lone killer from blowing up thousands. In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes.

    In another part of town, months later, a retired cop named Bill Hodges is still haunted by the unsolved crime. When he gets a crazed letter from someone who self-identifies as the "perk" and threatens an even more diabolical attack, Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, hell-bent on preventing another tragedy. Brady Hartfield lives with his alcoholic mother in the house where he was born. He loved the feel of death under the wheels of the Mercedes, and he wants that rush again. Only Bill Hodges, with a couple of highly unlikely allies, can apprehend the killer before he strikes again. And they have no time to lose, because Brady's next mission, if it succeeds, will kill or maim thousands. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    The film will be directed by Jack Bender (Lost, Alias, Under the Dome, The Sopranos). The deal was made by Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey (Twilight series, Safe Haven, A Good Day To Die Hard, I, Robot, Behind Enemy Lines), who will produce. They are currently meeting with writers as they try to develop the story of the film.
    Read more at http://www.411mania.com/movies/news/322388/Stephen-King\\s-Mr.-Mercedes-Set-To-Be-Adapted-Into-A-Film.htm#Q3KXpqw6EOIsQyER.99
  • Scribner and S&S Audio have released excerpts for Mr.Mercedes. Text: http://tiny.cc/32qyfx  Audio: http://tiny.cc/v4qyfx 
  • SK talks about incident that inspired Mr. Mercedes





  • A rare interview for the book: Stephen King Talks about New Novel
  • Want even more Mr. Mercedes? Check out The Basement Interactive Experience exclusively on stephenking.com and follow Brady’s digital footprints in his basement control room. If you haven’t seen or need to refresh your memory, this would be a great time to watch the live action trailer!

  • Check out the new "car ad" for Mr. Mercedes. The book debuted in the #1 position on the PW hardcover fiction list.
  • Mr. Mercedes is the first volume of a projected trilogy concerning Bill Hodges, his friends…and his enemies. The second volume, Finders Keepers, is finished (in first draft, at least) and will be published in the first half of 2015, perhaps followed by a book of new stories in the fall (or not). Anyway, these three novels seem to revolve around the City Center Massacre that opens Mr. Mercedes. Because of that, I wanted to post a complete list of those killed and injured in Brady Hartsfield’s attack. Some of these unfortunates have other parts to play. As always, I’m glad you’re along for the ride, but be warned: there are some sharp turns ahead, and I’m a really crazy driver.
  • Ms. Mod says that her understanding is that the adaptation of Mr. Mercedes will be a 10-episode TV series. Jack Bender will be on the production team.
  • That didn't take long.
  • Mr. Mercedes won the Edgar Award for best novel. King was present to accept the award, as he was also at the banquet to present the Ellery Queen Award to Charles Ardai, editor and founder, Hard Case Crime
  • 'Mr. Mercedes' Series, Starring Brendan Gleeson, Anton Yelchin, Lands at Audience Network 

    The 10-episode straight-to-series drama is based on the Stephen King best-seller and hails from showrunner David E. Kelley. The Sonar-produced project will premiere in 2018.

    AT&T's Audience Network is adding another high-profile scripted drama to its roster.

    The home of originals including Kingdom has handed out a 10-episode straight-to-series order for David E. Kelley's adaptation of Stephen King's Mr. Mercedes, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

    Brendan Gleeson and Anton Yelchin have been tapped to star in the project produced by Sonar Entertainment. Mr. Mercedes will premiere in 2018 on both DirecTV and AT&T Uverse.

    Mr. Mercedes centers on a demented killer who taunts a retired police detective with a series of lurid letters and emails, forcing the ex-cop to undertake a private, and potentially felonious, crusade to bring the killer to justice before he can strike again. Gleeson will play Detective Bill Hodges, a retired cop who is driven out of retirement after an old nemesis reappears, while Yelchin will portray Brady Hartsfield, a mentally deranged ice cream truck driver and IT worker for Cyber Patrol (aka Geek Squad) who is secretly the Mercedes Killer.

    The book was published in June 2014 and shot to the top of the New York Times best-seller list before going on to win the Edgar Award for best novel. It is the first of a trilogy from King, with the second novel, Finders Keepers, published in June 2015. The third, End of Watch, is due June 7.

    Kelley (Boston Legal, Ally McBeal, The Practice) and Jack Bender (Lost, Under the Dome) will executive produce the series, with the former set to write the first episode and serve as showrunner. Bender, who previously teamed with King on CBS' adaptation of Under the Dome, also will direct. Temple Hill Entertainment's Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey also will exec produce alongside Audience Network's Christopher Long and Bart Peters, with Sonar's Jenna Glazier and Tom Patricia additionally attached.

    Mr. Mercedes marks the latest scripted original in the works for the Audience Network. The joint venture of AT&T and DirecTV also is home to MMA drama Kingdom, anthology Full Circle and Rogue as well as Michael Dinner's Condor reboot from Jason Smilovic.

    For Sonar, the series joins fellow scripted dramas including FX/BBC One's Taboo starring Tom Hardy, AMC's upcoming The Son and MTV's The Shannara Chronicles, which has already been renewed for a second season.

    For Gleeson, an Emmy winner for HBO's Into the Storm, Mr. Mercedes marks his largest TV commitment to date. His credits include features Edge of Tomorrow, Troy and Gangs of New York as well as playing "MadEye" Moody in the Harry Potter series. Gleeson is repped by The Agency and Principal Entertainment.

    Yelchin, repped by CAA and Sloane Offer, counts playing Chekov in the Star Trek reboot as well as Terminator Salvation among his credits.

    For Kelley's part, the series marks his latest TV foray. The Emmy winner also is at work on HBO's Big Little Lies and Amazon's The Trial.
  • Wow! Great casting. Especially Gleeson. Great actor.
  • David E. Kelley reports:

    The very next thing that I'm working on is a genre I've never really explored before, it's the adaptation of a Stephen King book [Mr. Mercedes]. It's very, very character-driven and we got Brendan Gleeson to play the lead and that's hugely exciting because he's such a gifted character actor who can give you pathos and comedy and drama. So that's what I'm onto immediately next and looking forward to doing that.
  • ‘Mr. Mercedes’ Series Replaces Anton Yelchin With ‘Penny Dreadful’ Star

    Among the many, many heartbreaks to come with actor Anton Yelchin’s death, the Star Trek star had officially signed onto a series adaptation of Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes not a month before the accident. The AT&T series has now begun moving forward, setting a familiar Penny Dreadful star in the role Yelchin was to play.

    Per The Hollywood Reporter, Penny Dreadful star Harry Treadaway will take over the title Mr. Mercedes role of Brady Hartsfield, described as “a mentally deranged ice cream truck driver and IT worker who is secretly the Mercedes Killer.” So, spoiler alert, I guess.

    The David E. Kelley series set to run on the AT&T Audience Network is adapted from Stephen King’s 2014 book of the same name, and also stars Brendan Gleeson as Detective Bill Hodges, “a retired cop driven out of retirement when an old nemesis reappears.” AT&T had given Mr. Mercedes a straight-to-series order in May, prior to the 27 year-old Yelchin’s tragic accident in June.

    Kelley will act as showrunner, with LOST and Game of Thrones helmer Jack Bender set to direct. For the moment at least, Mr. Mercedes is on track for an unspecified 2018 debut on DirecTV and AT&T U-verse.
  • Great choice. He was excellent in Penny Dreadful.
  • The 10-episode TV series will be shot in Charleston starting early next year.

    The production team currently is looking for background extras and stand-ins. For information, go to www.projectcasting.com/casting-calls-acting-auditions/stephen-kings-mr-mercedes-tv-series-open-casting-call.
  • Kelly Lynch Joins ‘Mr. Mercedes’

    Lynch will play Deborah Hartsfield, Brady Hartsfield¹s complicated mother. Despite her troubles, Deborah tries to have a normal relationship with her deeply troubled son but she is rarely successful.
  • Still waiting to find out who is playing Holly.
  • Dennis Lehane is currently part of a writing staff for Mr. Mercedes. 

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  • Jharrel Jerome, who played the 16-year-old version of Kevin in Barry Jenkins’ acclaimed “Moonlight,” and acting veteran Holland Taylor have joined the cast of David E. Kelley’s “Mr. Mercedes” TV series based on the 2014 novel by Stephen King.

    The drama follows a demented killer (Harry Treadaway) who taunts a retired police detective Hodges (Brendan Gleeson) with a series of lurid letters and emails.

    This forces the ex-cop to undertake a private, and potentially felonious, crusade to bring the killer to justice before he is able to strike again.

    Jerome will play Jerome Robinson, a good-natured wise guy and high school student who does yard work for Hodges.

    Taylor has been tapped to replace Ann-Margret in the role of the prickly, outspoken, self-serving Ida Silver who is the next-door neighbor of Hodges. Kelly Lynch also stars.
  • Mary-Louise Parker has lined up her next TV role.

    The Golden Globe winner has joined Audience Network's Mr. Mercedes series in a recurring role, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

    Based on Stephen King's book of the same name, Mr. Mercedes follows a demented killer (Penny Dreadful's Harry Treadaway) who taunts a retired police detective (Brendan Gleeson) with a series of lurid letters and emails, forcing the ex-cop to undertake a private, and potentially felonious, crusade to bring the killer to justice before he is able to strike again.

    Parker will play Janey Patterson, the younger sister of the late Olivia Trelawney. Janey's no-nonsense but charming attitude radiates, as does her physical beauty. She's emotionally mature, strong-willed and totally winning.
  • Justine Lupe will play Holly Gibney, the younger cousin of Janey and Olivia who has some “issues”: OCD, synesthesia, sensory processing disorder. But she’s also terribly observant, refreshingly unfiltered and unaware of her innocence, which is oddly endearing.

  • Don't know her and she doesn't look how I imagined the character but here's to hoping she does the role justice.
  • Breda Wool will play Lou Linklatter. Lou works with Brady at the “Discount Electronix” store and is an outspoken young woman who is flippant with their boss, Frobisher, whom she teases when he gets into his lecture mode.

  • Look for “Mr. Mercedes” on Wednesday, August 9.
  • Wow. So fast! Some projects take years and others mere weeks.

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