The Absence of Mercy

The Absence of Mercy

[a Novel]

Book - 2013
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Just west of the Ohio River lies the peaceful town of Wintersville. Safe from the crime and congestion of city life, it is the perfect place to raise a family - or so they thought. Life as the town medical examiner is relatively unhurried for Dr. Ben Stevenson. With only a smattering of cases here and there - car accident victims, death by natural causes - he has plenty of time to spend with his loving wife and two sons. That is until a teenager's body is discovered in the woods and Ben, as the only coroner in the area, is assigned to the case...
Publisher: New York :, William Morrow,, 2013
New York : William Morrow, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062227379
Branch Call Number: FIC Burl
Characteristics: 339 p


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Aug 23, 2015

this book is unreal; one of the better one's I've read in a long time! I wish the author would do a sequel on the characters....

Feb 10, 2014

Not what I expected. I agree about the wordiness. Not a police procedural. A bit predictable and not very good. Not very realistic either.

Dec 21, 2013

Author tried too hard to write pretty language. A story like this doesn't call for poetic descriptions, or attempts at them anyway. He used way too many words. I've read worse writing, more overblown, but he and his editor need to tone it down.

Story is quite good although I guessed what was going on a bit too early, perhaps because of my bad habit of watching the various incarnations of "Law & Order".

4 stars for story, 2 stars for writing.

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