End of Watch

End of Watch

A Novel

Book - 2016
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"The spectacular finale to the New York Times bestselling trilogy that began with Mr. Mercedes (winner of the Edgar Award) and Finders Keepers--In End of Watch, the diabolical "Mercedes Killer" drives his enemies to suicide, and if Bill Hodges and Holly Gibney don't figure out a way to stop him, they'll be victims themselves. In Room 217 of the Lakes Region Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, something has awakened. Something evil. Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of the Mercedes Massacre, where eight people were killed and many more were badly injured, has been in the 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--the woman who delivered the blow to Hartsfield's head that put him on the brain injury ward. When Bill and Holly are called to a suicide scene with ties to the Mercedes Massacre, they find themselves pulled into their most dangerous case yet, one that will put their lives at risk, as well as those of Bill's heroic young friend Jerome Robinson and his teenage sister, Barbara. Brady Hartsfield is back, and planning revenge not just on Hodges and his friends, but on an entire city. In End of Watch, Stephen King brings the Hodges trilogy to a sublimely terrifying conclusion, combining the detective fiction of Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers with the heart-pounding, supernatural suspense that has been his bestselling trademark. The result is an unnerving look at human vulnerability and chilling suspense. No one does it better than King"--
Publisher: New York, New York : Scribner, ♭2016.
ISBN: 9781501129742
Characteristics: 432 pages ;,25 cm.


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laurendouglass Jan 15, 2019

From Stephen King, End of Watch is the last book in the Bill Hodges trilogy, a departure from King's tradition of horror and the occult. Or, at least that is what everyone thought after reading the first book. By book two there were hints of the supernatural and sure enough, number three turned those hints into solid plot points. But even though the second and third installment of the trilogy veer back towards the paranormal, at heart, these books are detective novels. King delights at painting a detailed picture of Hodges' post-retirement life, and his inability to forget one particular case he was never able to close. Readers who don't normally like King's novels, especially the Dark Tower series and apocalypse tales like The Stand , will be pleasantly surprised by this trilogy.

ArapahoeStaff26 Sep 18, 2018

This last book in the Mr. Mercedes trilogy has the suspense and action of a good thriller. The protagonists, including a sweet, sincere woman with Asperger's Syndrome, are all sympathetic characters. The science fiction angle is great!

Sep 10, 2018

To me, one of the best set of King's books, the Bill Hodges Trilogy- Because of the tie that binds the primary characters in all 3 books-love, with the needs of each person and the ability of each to receive and perceive that love and use it to keep each other safe and strong in their beliefs. A less sadistic and more thought provoking feel-good King book. Cheryl S

Jul 12, 2018

A very good read. The Bill Hodges triology was excellent. I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good murder mystery, interesting stories, and a diabolical "perk."

Oct 12, 2017

Great ending to the trilogy, although some parts were a bit repetitive (crimes, past events, dialogue). Mr. Mercedes was the best, in my opinion.

MsDouglas_O Apr 10, 2017

Awesome read!!!

Feb 06, 2017

I loved this series and End of Watch did not disappoint. Great way to conclude the trilogy.

Dec 06, 2016

This was an excellent book to finish off an excellent trilogy. King does a great villain.

Oct 10, 2016

Not his best and not his worst. I found the explanation of the IT aspects (by technogeeks Holly and Brady or boomer know-nothing Hodges) tedious. Otherwise, the plot moved fairly well keeping me mostly engaged. I still prefer earlier King. He doesn't seem to be invested so much in his later books and is coasting in my view.

Sep 22, 2016

“End of Watch” is the final installment of the Bill Hodges Trilogy by Stephen King. Even though, after reading the first two books in this series, I would not consider this King’s typical work – this book tied it all together in a nice little bow. This series has everything of a great crime fiction series PLUS great supernatural aspects, that are typical King.

Summary: Bill Hodges, Holly, and Jerome return to put an end to the Mercedes Killer (Brady Hartsfield) in this third novel of the “Bill Hodges Trilogy”. When we last left the gang, Brady was in a vegetative state because Holly bashed his brains in with the Happy Slapper. Since Brady has been in brain injury ward of the hospital, strange unexplainable things have been happening – i.e. objects moving around on their own. When Bill is called in by his former partner to investigate a new string of suicides, he starts to consider that maybe Brady isn’t a vegetable after all.

My Thoughts: It is no secret that I am a fan of Stephen King. I have always enjoyed his writing style, humor, and imagination. I found “End of Watch” to be a True North example of King’s amazing talent. Only in King’s World can you have a typical detective story with a such a supernatural twist. I highly recommend this series!

FYI – In an effort to keep from spoiling any of the details of this amazing series, I am keeping my comments short and sweet. Please check it out for yourselves!

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Jun 16, 2016

great ending..... always very suspensed


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