Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Review: Without Mercy by Jefferson Bass

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A Mysterious Review of Without Mercy by Jefferson Bass. A Body Farm Mystery.

Review summary: This is a gripping entry in this series, a chilling mystery dealing with racial intolerance and associated hate crimes. Too, there are bits of humor and a budding new relationship for some narrative balance. Equally interesting and disturbing, this latest entry in the series is recommended. (Click here for text of full review.)

Our rating: 4 of 5 stars

Without Mercy Jefferson Bass

Without Mercy
Jefferson Bass
A Body Farm Mystery
William Morrow (October 2016)

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Publisher synopsis: Forensic anthropologist Bill Brockton has spent twenty-five years solving brutal murders—but none so bizarre and merciless as his latest case: A ravaged set of skeletal remains is found chained to a tree on a remote mountainside. As Brockton and his assistant Miranda dig deeper, they uncover warning signs of a deadly eruption of hatred and violence.

But the shocking case is only the beginning of Brockton’s trials. Mid-case, the unthinkable happens: The deadliest criminal Brockton has ever foiled—the sadistic serial killer Nick Satterfield—escapes from prison, bent on vengeance.

But simply killing Brockton isn’t enough. Satterfield wants to make him suffer first, by destroying everything he holds dear: Brockton’s son, daughter-in-law, grandsons; even Miranda, his longtime graduate assistant, now on the verge of completing her Ph.D. and launching a forensic career of her own.

The dangers from all directions force Brockton to question two things on which he’s based his entire career—the justice system, and the quality of mercy—and to wonder: can the two co-exist?

If not, which will Brockton choose in his ultimate moment of truth?

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