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End of Watch: A Novel

End of Watch: A Novel

Написано Stephen King

Озвучено Will Patton


End of Watch: A Novel

Написано Stephen King

Озвучено Will Patton

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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.
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Stephen King is the author of more than sixty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes If It Bleeds, The Institute, Elevation, The Outsider, Sleeping Beauties (cowritten with his son Owen King), and the Bill Hodges trilogy: End of Watch, Finders Keepers, and Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel and a television series streaming on Peacock). His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller. His epic works The Dark Tower, It, Pet Sematary, and Doctor Sleep are the basis for major motion pictures, with It now the highest-grossing horror film of all time. He is the recipient of the 2020 Audio Publishers Association Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2018 PEN America Literary Service Award, the 2014 National Medal of Arts, and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.


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  • (4/5)
    The third novel in Stephen King’s Bill Hodges trilogy did not disappoint, as it wrapped up the story of a retired cop and his younger associates rather nicely and definitively. END OF WATCH truly lives up to its title, especially in the way it circles back to mass murderer Brady Hartsfield, the villain whose actions kicked off the series in MR. MERCEDES. In my reviews for that book, and the second novel in the series, FINDERS KEEPERS, I stated that King appeared to be channeling his inner Alfred Hitchcock in these books, as they were firmly set in the thriller genre, with nary a horror, or supernatural element to be found. Not so with END OF WATCH, which recalls not so much Hitchcock as the TV show THE OUTER LIMITS, specifically the 60’s version, the one that gave us “The Zanti Misfits,” “Sixth Finger,” and “The Man With the Power.” King is back on more familiar ground here, but also builds on the foundation of suspense laid out in the previous two books.END OF WATCH picks up a few years after the end of FINDERS KEEPERS, and we quickly learn that there is a lot going on the head of the near comatose Brady Hartsfield, something hinted at in the final pages of the previous book. Brady is a mass murderer, prevented from detonating a homemade bomb at a Boy Band concert and killing a lot of teenagers, when his skull was smashed in by Holly Gibney, the terminally introverted young woman who teamed up with Hodges in the first book. Permanently confined to a hospital room, Brady becomes the unwitting guinea pig for a wonder drug that can improve brain activity, a drug his doctor has invested in, one that is undergoing trials and awaiting FDA approval, but has the potential for a big return on investment down the road. This drug truly is a wonder, as it heals Brady’s mind, though not his body, which remains confined to a wheelchair. Not only that, but Brady develops mild telekinesis, and the ability to enter the minds of others if they are in a properly receptive state. He bides his time, honing his abilities, and plotting to pick up where he left off, and to take care of unfinished business. And the biggest piece of unfinished business is retired detective Bill Hodges, the man who has been on Brady’s tail ever since he ran down a crowd of applicants at a job fair. An attempt to strike at a member of Hodges’s close circle of friends leads the now ailing detective to suspect the truth, and put him on the path to a final confrontation. My paperback copy comes in right at 400 pages, which is just long enough for a story like this, the pacing is fast, and the God’s eye POV narration works well, creating the proper mood of suspense. These shorter, smaller focus novels might be King at his best, as some complain that his longer works read as if he has bitten off more than he can chew. While I will say this is true of books like IT, which would have worked much better as two separate novels, I will gladly defend THE STAND and 11-22-63 as among the best stuff King has ever written. There are certainly echoes of King’s earlier works in END OF WATCH, especially CARRIE and FIRESTARTER, and the ending, set in the country during a winter snowstorm, easily invokes THE SHINING. King has been criticized for going back to the same well to many times, but if this is a problem, I think it comes from is often stated fact that he does not outline his books, preferring the tried and true “seat of your pants” technique to writing, though this has worked well for him, I do think this leads King to default to certain tropes when a story needs to be done, and a certain amount of words need to be written per day.I will say that all three books of his Bill Hodges trilogy, he has clearly liked his characters, and treated them fairly, at least until END OF WATCH, where a favorite is stricken with a terminal illness. And as I have stated in other reviews of King’s work, nobody writes villains better. In many ways, the best parts of END OF WATCH is when we are inside the fetid mind of Brady Hartsfield, as he spins his spider’s web and ensnares the unsuspecting. Some might complain that King gives away too much, but it is another case of the reader being given vital information the protagonists lack, and the suspense comes from wondering how Bill, Holly, and the returning Jerome Robinson will escape the fate being setup for them. An important theme of END OF WATCH is the fragility of the human psyche, and how easily a downward emotional path can lead to suicide. It is Brady’s plan to cause the mass self murders of as many young adults as possible, and in several scenes, the most terrifying and heartbreaking of the book, we see how easily he accomplishes his heinous mission. King wisely ends his afterward with the 1-800 number for the national suicide prevention hotline.Though the Bill Hodges trilogy is done, it is my hope that Stephen King will revisit this genre again; he really has a knack for the Hitchcockian suspense thriller.
  • (4/5)
    3.5 starsThis is the third in the “Mr. Mercedes” trilogy. Possible spoilers for the first book: Brady Hartzfield (Mr. Mercedes) has been in the hospital, pretty much brain-dead. Retired Det. Hodges visits him and thinks there is more going on in Brady’s head than Brady is letting on. And he’s right! Meanwhile, people (many, teenagers) are committing suicide, but it turns out many of them have been playing a game on an older, now-defunct tablet. What is going on? Holly and Jerome also return in this 3rd book in the series. Holly still grates on me some (I reread my other reviews, and in the first book Holly did “grow on me”), but at other times, I found her amusing. I listened to the audio, and it’s possible it’s the way the narrator “plays” Holly that, at least plays a part in my irritation with her. Apparently, I didn’t like this one quite as much as the first two (each rated 4 stars), but overall it was still good. And, I think, a good conclusion to the series.
  • (4/5)
    As a Stephen King fan who has been reading his books for the last 40 years, I admit that nowadays I’m less captivated by his monsters. So I enjoyed the first two books in his MR. MERCEDES trilogy and expected END OF WATCH, the final book in the trilogy, to be the same (no monsters). WRONGBrady is back. Yes, in MR. MERCEDES he was a monstrOUS bad guy. But in END OF WATCH he is literally a monster with awful supernatural powers. And the entire book involves the threesome, Bill Hodges, Holly Gibney, and Jerome Robinson, trying to find Brady and put an end to his destruction of vulnerable lives. But they first have to accept that he is doing it and then figure out how he does it from his hospital room, where he is in a semicomatose state as a result of the head injury he received when Holly whacked him in MR. MERCEDES.I didn’t like END OF WATCH as well as I did the first two books ( MR. MERCEDES and FINDERS KEEPERS) in the trilogy. That is not to say that I didn’t like it at all. I just wish Bill could have had his “end of watch” with a monstrous bad guy rather than a monster.
  • (4/5)
    I didn't like this as much as the other two books in the series but it was still a good read. Although the villain is the same, his powers are now supernatural and so the book moves more into the usual Stephen King territory. I did like the fact that the plot was very relevant in today's world of online access and mobile devices. King again demonstrates his power to write horror that unsettles and makes food for thought.
  • (5/5)
    This is how you end a series.I was sucked in from the start and couldn’t stop... absolutely consuming, and so very good. Stephen King is a master storyteller, and the Bill Hodges series is more evidence of that. Excellent narration throughout the whole audio series: Will Patton has a different sound for each character, and all of them are great.
  • (4/5)
    Spree killer Brady Hartsfield has been confined to a hospital bed for years after head trauma involved in his capture, but the nurses and other staff speak of spooky incidents happening around him. Now, victims of his previous crimes are involved in murder-suicide plots and detective Bill Hodges senses something is very, very wrong.This book starts by re-visiting some of the events of King's novel Mr. Mercedes, the first book in this trilogy. I liked the addition of some supernatural twists in this title, even if King was sometimes a little vague on the details of how this worked. The story does go back and forth in time quite a bit, but it is generally easy to follow. Like the first novel, the sort of 'cat-and-mouse' interplay between the two leads is rather compelling.For the audiobook reader, Will Patton is a phenomenonal narrator who breathes additional life into the characters and story.
  • (3/5)
    As I've mentioned before, I didn't read Stephen King's work until this year, and I lucked out in starting with Mr. Mercedes, which was book one in this trilogy. End of Watch is the final book, and explores more supernatural themes than the previous two.

    If you've read the first two: so Retired Detective Hodges is not feeling good, and we find out that has pancreatic cancer. Not a great diagnosis. He and his partner Holly are still running their private investigation business, and Jerome is at Harvard, but taking the semester off to build homes. Meanwhile, mass murderer (and attempted GIANT mass murderer) Brady is still in the forensic brain injury unit at the local hospital. But as hinted at in the last book, he isn't in a persistent vegetative state after all - and his injury might have given him some special powers, a la Carrie.

    I appreciate Mr. King's writing, and I'm glad I finished the series. It was an interesting book, and I found myself wanting to keep reading to find out what would happen next. But even though it was handled very well, I'm still not super excited about this type of book. I don't mind magic or supernatural, but I like it when that's the world people live in - like Harry Potter. I'm not a big fan of mixing it into books that are ostensibly based in the real world. So while I loved Misery, maybe I'm not going to enjoy It that much.

    Anyway, if you've read the first two books, I think it's definitely worth finishing out the series. Not a bad book, just not my favorite.
  • (5/5)
    End of Watch brings the trilogy full circle with a showdown of Brady Hartsfield vs. Hodges and friends. The novel starts off with a suicide of a survivor of the City Center Massacre. Hodges gets involved after he receives a phone call from his old partner. After looking over the crime scene Hodges and his partner find the scene odd. This sets Hodges off to piece together what's behind the suicides plaguing those connected to Hartsfield into a thrilling finish. Perspectives switch between Hartsfield, Hodges, and Hartsfield's victims. The action moves somewhat quickly but there are many instances when the action stops and there is an explanatory section. I really enjoyed the book and have very few issues. My biggest problem was the ending. It ended the way I thought it would but I feel like there was a better ending already in it.
  • (5/5)
    It has been a while since I have read any Stephen King, and as always when I return after 6 months of reading other books, it is like coming home. I find his style flows as do his characters and storylines. And End of Watch is no exception.

    The third in a trilogy of a gripping detective story, End of Watch brings final closure to the sick minded individual at the centre of the stories: Brady Hartsfield. In this installment Stephen King stretches the realms of possibility by bringing the concept of telekinesis and even taking over someone's mind. But he weaves it so well into the story and plot, offering the possibility through experimental medications that the reader can accept it and stay connected with the plot and the characters.

    This novel can also be read as a standalone as Stephen King masterfully intertwines a recap of events in the opening chapters to bring the reader up to speed.

    I would recommend this book and this series to not just those who love Horror but also those who love Crime Fiction too. It will definitely thrill.
  • (4/5)
    Classic New King. Still the smooth writing and good story telling but the books are thin and predictable, still enjoyable, but not as dense as they once were.
  • (4/5)
    I've loved this trilogy, and End of Watch is definitely an excellent conclusion to the series. As always, King manages to combine suspense, great characters and a plot with a hint of the supernatural almost without trying. I think the Hodges books would make a great introduction to King's work for those who want to ease themselves into his love of the uncanny gently but still want a cracking mystery to solve.
  • (5/5)
    An exciting conclusion to what has been a great series. The one does not disappoint with great characters and an excellent story line.

    5 Stars and a must read Steven King!!!
  • (4/5)
    A great end to a terrific trilogy! Stephen King spins another wonderful story reuniting Brady Hartsfield, Bill Hodges, Holly Gibney, and Jerome Robinson - the cast from the first book in the series, "Mr. Mercedes". Antagonist Hartsfield is still in the hospital after Holly crushes his skull in the first book, but starting to slowly regain his faculties. Strange telekinetic occurrences begin to creep out some of Hartsfield's nurses. Is it Brady recovering or are these strange activities due to the experimental medicine being given to him by Dr. Felix Babineau? And what role do the retro video games called Zappits play in Brady's plan? King answers all of these questions while adding layer after layer to well-developed characters and a plot that keeps readers up at night.
  • (5/5)
    Whew, I finally finished End of Watch and man... It's been more than twenty-four hours and I'm still messed up about it. King definitely has a way of drawing the reader in, even if said reader is as nihilistic as me when it comes to developing character attachments. Unlike Finders Keepers, book two of the trilogy, King dives right into continuing the story with our main characters, Bill, Holly, and Jerome rather than beginning from the left field as he had with the Saubers family and the Rothstein manuscripts.

    The Mercedes Killer himself, Brady Hartsfield, is back thanks to the help of Dr. Babineau. Desiring to truly earn his name as the Suicide Prince, he continues on his rampage of convincing people to kill themselves. His bitterness towards Hodges is stronger than ever and our trio of heroes soon find themselves within the scope of Harsfeild's thirst for blood.

    This time around, we aren't really introduced to a whole ton of new characters. In fact, the majority of characters in End of Watch we've already met. Because of that, King is able to jump right into the action and wastes no time in doing what King does best: keeping the reader on the edge of their seat. (Not counting From a Buick 8, of course, but let's not get into that. I'd review it, but I don't even want to pick it up again, let alone buy it.)

    Other than that I really don't have a whole lot to say about the final installment in this series that I haven't already said on the books before it. I loved the fact that we were able to immediately return to the story that was left open ended at the conclusion of Mr. Mercedes, rather than being dragged through the filler episode that was Finders Keepers. (I couldn't think of a much better way to word that because before I turned to reviewing books, I spent quite a bit of time reviewing anime and if you've ever watched the mainstream, popular series you know exactly what I mean.) I would have felt alright for the most part if I had skipped Finders Keepers, as it plays a very small role outside of the company being created.
  • (4/5)
    When I read some books, I think "This is well written". When I read Stephen King books I never think that....because King's books are so well written, you don't notice the writing. King is a true master at his craft, which holds true with the Bill Hodges Trilogy.
  • (5/5)
    I loved this series. My favorite Stephen King books of the last decade.
  • (5/5)
    Nicely written Stephen King suspense novel. Rather short by SK standards.
  • (5/5)
    wow.. this man can write like no other. He is a true genius, this is a very well done story.

    I love the way that.. as a courtesy to new readers and old readers alike... if he's referring to an incident from an earlier book, he presents it from the POV of a different character. He gets new readers up to speed on the backstory, without boring old readers. Beyond that, I'll say nothing more, other than
    READ THIS BOOK!
  • (2/5)
    I think I liked the first two books better. I didn't really buy into the supernatural aspect which wasn't in the first two books and this book seemed too rushed as if King wasn't really into it and just had to complete the trilogy. I'd have to say that it was just OK and nothing really to write home about!
  • (2/5)
    I'm a huge Stephen King fan - but, I'm sorry, I'm just not buying what he's selling here. Normally, King is at his best when dealing with the supernatural, but this story was really lame and disappointing. I miss the days when I would get chills up and down my spine while reading a new King book - not any more. Very disappointing.
  • (5/5)
    This was an intense, insanely fun journey through a psycho's mind!I had read only a small part of the first book and got deep into this book without noticing it was a trilogy, but, oh my... it was such a fun and intense reading I just couldn't stop and go back to the first 2 books! I don't regret it though.End of Watch makes the boogeyman look a nice guy! It's a book between thriller and psychological horror, but you won't get the chills here. It makes you tense though, imagining the sordid methods Brady will use next. It's a must read for any King's fan os thriller fans.
  • (5/5)
    It was so nice to jump back in to this story and see the conclusion. I wanted to know how it all ended and how Bill, Holly and Jerome would finally take care of Brady once and for all. It did not disappoint. Although I would add, I was saddened by the last two pages, but Mr. King prepared us well enough for it. Another wonderful trilogy from the master himself.
  • (5/5)
    Payback is a bitch and the bitch is me! Great ending to a great series. There's just something about King that makes it possible for him to write a believable story about and unbelievable subject, and this series just proves my point.
  • (5/5)
    I love Stephen King. Sue me. He gets to the heart of why people read, why people write. He both speaks in low language that we all understand and can also send words flying with beauty. I was sorry to see the last of Bill Hodges. But you know what? He saved Holly's life, and she's a fictional character and I don't care. That's a thing.
  • (5/5)
    End of Watch is a very fitting conclusion to Stephen King's masterful Bill Hodges trilogy. I enjoyed every single page of all three books. Super villain Brady Hartsfield is pumped full of pills, he's pumped full of hate, and he's pumped full of powers that he's never had before. If someone doesn't catch on quick, the damage he could do is well beyond all imagining. Who can possibly fight him? One rundown, old ex-cop named Bill Hodges who's just about reached the end of his trail. I don't think anyone can write about the fight between extraordinary evil and ordinary good better than King. For decades, this man has made us believe in the unbelievable. He's scared us spitless. He's made us cheer on his ordinary heroes. He's made us laugh. He's made us cry. He's made us want to join in the fight. End of Watch-- and the entire Hodges trilogy-- had me hook, line, and sinker. If you haven't read them, pick up Mr. Mercedes and board the Stephen King Rollercoaster. You'll be in for the ride of your life.
  • (4/5)
    King's books have run hot and cold the past few years. This book ranks among the 'hot.' King has the readers on the edge of their seats, eying their iPads and old Game Boys with a wary eye.
  • (4/5)
    Hmmm...about as enjoyable as Finders Keepers, but not as enjoyable as Mr. Mercedes. I'm content with the way this trilogy ended, but feel it was missing a bit of something.
  • (3/5)
    Thanks again, Steve.I've always loved the way your eyes see the world and your courage to share those sights lying behind your eyelids. I felt a special kinship to Holly; she's almost as quirky as me...SMILE!!!
  • (4/5)
    Well written, great plot and dialogue. A little far out, but readable.
  • (4/5)
    This was a satisfying end to the Bill Hodges trilogy. I spent the first book wary of Stephen King veering off into horror and the supernatural, but he played the first two books straight, demonstrating an understanding an love of the private eye genre. In this final book, he deviates from this, but he does it well, keeping his characters consistent and not creating an unstoppable bad guy, just one who appears that way.Bill Hodges visited Brady Hartsfield regularly in his hospital room for years, but he's moved on and the staff of the hospital where he laid in a coma changed. Then a series of apparent suicides hit the area, but the victims are all attendees of either Hartfield's first rampage, or his second attempt at mass murder. What could the connection be? Hodges former partner calls him in to take a look.