Stephen King's New Novel 'Mr. Mercedes' Due Out Next Spring

Critics and fans have been lauding Stephen King’s recently released follow-up to "The Shining", “Doctor Sleep,” so the news that his next novel, “Mr. Mercedes,” will be available June 3, is pretty exciting.

The novel’s synopsis, via Stephen King’s official web site, indicates a crime thriller:

"Mr. Mercedes"
Release Date: June 3rd, 2014

To be released in June 2014, Mr. Mercedes is Stephen's next major publication from Scribner.

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.

In other King news, he’s finally made his way to Twitter. The writer joined the fun on Friday, December 6, and has already accumulated almost 200k followers. His first tweet was , “My first tweet. No longer a virgin. Be gentle!" His second tweet was just as amusing, "On Twitter at last, and can't think of a thing to say. Some writer I turned out to be."

-Larissa Mrykalo