Sunday, July 17, 2016

End of Watch by Stephen King

by:  Stephen King
published by:  Scribner
publish date:  June 7, 2016

Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of the Mercedes Massacre, where eight people were killed and many more were badly injured, has been in the Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic for five years, in a vegetative state. According to his doctors, anything approaching a complete recovery is unlikely. But behind the drool and stare, Brady is awake, and in possession of deadly new powers that allow him to wreak unimaginable havoc without ever leaving his hospital room.

Retired police detective Bill Hodges, the unlikely hero of Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers, now runs an investigation agency with his partner, Holly Gibney, who delivered the blow to Hartsfield's head that put him on the brain injury ward. Brady also remembers that. When Bill and Holly are called to a murder-suicide with ties to the Mercedes Massacre, they find themselves pulled into their most dangerous case yet, one that will put not only their lives at risk, but those of Hodges’s friend Jerome Robinson and his teenage sister, Barbara. Because Brady Hartsfield is back, and planning revenge not just on Bill Hodges and his friends, but on an entire city.

This trilogy has been a departure from the typical Stephen King story.  I'm glad he took this departure and got into the detective mystery game, because these books were so good.  

End of Watch is the final book in the trilogy.  This story ties back into the first with the Mercedes Killers and some of his victims.  The story takes place several years after the massacre and Brady Hartsfield seems to be making a come back.  Somehow Brady, despite still being in a coma, is programming hand held game devices to hypnotize the players into doing terrible things.  It's up to Bill and Holly to convince everyone that these devices are causing the havoc.  When Jerome's sister Barbara is one of the victims, he too joins the team to bring Brady Hartsfield down.

This book was the perfect conclusion to the series.  It wrapped up the Bill Hodges story very well.  I loved the characters in this series especially Bill and Holly.  I doubt there will be anymore stories after this one, but it would be great if there was another spin off involving Holly.

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