By John Burley
John Burley’s The Absence of Mercy is a harrowing story of suspense regarding a brutal homicide and darkish secrets and techniques that lie underneath the outside of a placid, tight-knit Midwestern town.
When a brutally murdered youngster is chanced on within the woods surrounding a small Ohio city, Dr. Ben Stevenson—the town’s clinical examiner—must make a decision if he’s keen to place his family’s lifestyles at risk to discover the reality. discovering himself pulled deeper into an research with devastating results, he discovers stunning info that would shatter his quiet neighborhood, and strength him to confront a haunting truth.
With its eerie portrait of suburban lifestyles and nerve-fraying plot twists, The Absence of Mercy is household drama at its top for fanatics of Harlan Coben, Laura Lippman, Jennifer McMahon, and Lisa Gardner.
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Yes, my dear,” he had said softly, trying his best to sound as certain as she was. ” She was staring deeply into his eyes now. Her body may have been as limp as a dish towel, but her gaze still carried that same strength that could some how always force him to look at her. “For me, Heaven isn’t far away. I won’t have to wait long. But you, my love, you will. You’ll have to wait. You’ll have to live out the rest of your life, spending years—maybe decades—without me. ” She smiled as playfully as her condition would allow.
Surface ships were used to ﬁghting in formations and took pride in the disciplined uniformity of their maneuvers. Assuming the Selfridge and the O’Bannon had each put ﬁve torpedoes in the wa ter to add to Chevalier’s ﬁve, the Japanese ships now had a small armada of ﬁfteen torpedoes speeding in their direction. Tremain had hardly had time to digest the thought when a deafening salvo blasted the night apart. The Chevalier’s main gun battery had engaged. The deck shook from the simultane ous reports, until Tremain thought the whole ship might shake apart.
It was the Chevalier’s captain, undoubtedly shaking his head in disgust. 26 R. CAMERON COOKE The rugged destroyer captain was probably wondering why he ever agreed to give this rubber-legged submariner a ride to Australia. Of course, what these surface sailors did not understand— Tremain concluded, to make himself feel better—was that a little staggering was understandable in a submariner, since the cramped bridge of a submarine never allowed a man to walk thirty paces in a straight line. “He’s laughing at you, sir,” Fabriano said suddenly, boldly, almost like a challenge.
The Absence of Mercy: A Novel by John Burley