A man plowed a stolen Mercedes (a large, heavy, high-powered edition) through a crowd of job seekers and gets away. The police detective who failed to catch him has retired, and spends his days watching trashy TV while eating and drinking too much. He considers ending it all, but the killer sends him a taunting letter that moves him to action. What follows is a constant battle of wits between the older ex-cop and the arrogant murderer, who is hidden in plain sight. Collateral damage accumulates in the wake of their contest.
This tale has no supernatural element, but based on reviews I decided to read it anyway. I enjoyed it. There were some plot points that perhaps weren't so great, but the characters were interesting. The constant twists and turns made it hard to put down. There is of course the usual Stephen King unpleasantness, which, if you've read enough King novels is something you learn to deal with.
This is the first of a trilogy of related books. I've already begun on the second, "Finders Keepers". Stephen King seems to alternate between easy and literary novels, and true to form, Mr. Mercedes is in the easy category whereas the "Finders Keepers" is more literary - or at least based on literary themes. Another review soon to follow!