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Bill Hodges is a major protagonist of the Stephen King multiverse.

Serving as the titular main protagonist of The Bill Hodges Trilogy and its TV series Mr. Mercedes, a posthumous character in The Outsider, and the posthumous overarching protagonist of If it Bleeds.


At the start of Mr. Mercedes Bill Hodges is a depressed, alcoholic, retired police detective who is haunted by his failure to close a murder case in which eight people were killed by a suspect who drove a Mercedes into a crowd of job seekers at a job fair. After receiving a letter from a "Mr. Mercedes" (i.e. Brady Hartsfield),that provides information that only the police and the killer would know, Bill is intrigued. He pulls himself out of his depression and launches his own investigation aided by Holly Gibney and Jerome Robinson. After the first installment Bill starts his own private investigation firm with Holly and Jerome as his partners. He dies at the end of the third book End of Watch.


Irish actor Brendan Gleeson portrays Bill Hodges in the television series.


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The Hodges/Gibney metaseries
Novels Mr. MercedesFinders KeepersEnd of WatchThe Outsider
Short stories If it Bleeds
Adaptations Mr. Mercedes (TV Series)The Outsider (TV Series)
Characters Bill HodgesHolly GibneyJerome Robinson
Brady Hartsfield