End of Watch is the final book in the Bill Hodges Trilogy by Stephen King. In this installment the story comes full circle back to Brady Hartsfield, the infamous Mercedes Killer that drove a Mercedes into a crowd of job seekers one horrific morning killing eight and injuring countless others. Brady has spent the last several years in Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic courtesy of Bill Hodges and Holly Gibney.
Our retired detective Bill Hodges has now been working along with his partner, Holly Gibney, in his own investigation agency called Finders Keepers. Getting a call from his old partner still on the force Bill and Holly find themselves at the scene of what appears to be a murder/suicide that has ties to the Mercedes Killer case. Holly decides since the detectives aren’t doing their job properly she’ll investigate for them and finds some evidence at the scene that leads them into another dangerous investigation.
All I can say when finished with this one is wow, now that’s the book I’d been waiting for. Don’t get me wrong I enjoyed Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers well enough but to me they seemed to be really good detective stories and not what I would expect from Mr. King. He’s an amazing writer of course so he could probably re-write the phone book and make it readable but I missed the supernatural/horror wow that I love from him.
End of Watch starts off reminding us of that horrific morning when Brady ran his car into the crowd of job seekers effectively refreshing our memories of the earlier story. But then as this one gets going we quickly get touches of the supernatural being added into this that was missing from the first two books. Once this started I simply devoured this book and didn’t want to put it down until the very end.
All of the central characters from the earlier books make their returns. Our stubborn old determined Det-Ret Bill Hodges is the same as ever, ignoring all else while he chases up the leads. Holly is also her same quirky but lovable mess that I grew to love through the books. But Brady…. Brady was a horrible excuse for a human being in the first book but now he’s elevated to a thing of nightmares.
What else can I say? This one was certainly a riveting read from start to finish and a fitting conclusion to a trilogy from King.