Review of ‘End of Watch’

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Retired police detective, Bill Hodges, the public hero who helped bring the Mercedes Killer down, runs a detective agency, Finders Keepers, with his partner, Holly Gibney, the one who whacked killer, Bradley Hartsfield, giving him a brain injury which has consigned him to the Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic for the past five years in a vegetative state, which the doctors say he will never recover from. Hartsfield, though, has developed strange powers that enable him to create havoc without his body leaving the clinic. When people associated with the Mercedes incident begin committing suicide, Hodges and Gibney suspect that Hartsfield is somehow behind it, but are unable to get the authorities to take them seriously. It’s left to the two of them, aided by Hodges’ friend, Jerome Robinson, and his sister, Barbara, to stop Hartsfield before he initiates an epidemic of suicide.

End of Watch by Stephen King is the third, and final, offering in the Bill Hodges Trilogy. It combines King’s signature supernatural horror writing with some first-rate detective work in a thriller that will chill your blood. King gets inside the minds of the characters, and creates a scenario that rivals Carrie and Salem’s Lot in the way he weaves the supernatural into everyday events. This mind-spinning finale to the trilogy will grab you by the throat and shake you like a terrier shakes a rat, leaving you breathless. No one, and I mean, no one, does horror like King.

In the first of the series, King kept to the mystery element, introducing a hint of the paranormal in the second. In this one, he pulled out all the stops, and wrote a book that defies classification, and redefined the genre.

I received this book as a gift.

King hit a home run with this one. I give it five stars.

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