The Absence of Mercy

The Absence of Mercy

[a Novel]

Book - 2013
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John Burley's The Absence of Mercy is a harrowing tale of suspense involving a brutal murder and dark secrets that lie beneath the surface of a placid, tight-knit Midwestern town.

When a brutally murdered teenager is discovered in the woods surrounding a small Ohio town, Dr. Ben Stevenson--the town's medical examiner--must decide if he's willing to put his family's life in danger to uncover the truth. Finding himself pulled deeper into an investigation with devastating consequences, he discovers shocking information that will shatter his quiet community, and force him to confront a haunting truth.

With its eerie portrait of suburban life and nerve-fraying plot twists, The Absence of Mercy is domestic drama at its best for fans of Harlan Coben, Laura Lippman, Jennifer McMahon, and Lisa Gardner.

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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kfunk_7
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....

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jerezaa
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.

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chgarland
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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