Mercy Street

Mercy Street

A Novel

Book - 2008
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New York Times bestselling author Mariah Stewart crafts compelling stories of romantic suspense, full of richly imagined characters, dazzling plot twists, and breathless action that keeps the pages turning. Now Stewart begins a thrilling new series-with a novel that proves to be her biggest and boldest yet. On a balmy spring evening, four high school seniors-three boys and a girl-enter a park in the small Pennsylvania city of Conroy. The next morning, two of the boys are found shot to death, and the girl and the third boy are gone. After three weeks with no leads and no sign of either of the two missing teenagers, the chief of police begins to wonder if they too were victims. But with no other suspects, the authorities conclude that one of these kids was the shooter. The missing boy's grandmother, a secretary at the local parish church, maintains his innocence. On her behalf, the parish priest, Father Kevin Burch, hires former detective Mallory Russo as a private investigator to figure out what happened in the park that night. Mallory had ended her nine-year stint with the Conroy police force some time ago after becoming a target of a smear campaign. Now a true-crime author, Mallory is surprised to receive the priest's offer-and highly intrigued by the case. She can't help but accept the challenge-especially when she learns that her investigation will be financed by Father Burch's cousin the reclusive billionaire Robert Magellan, a man whose own wife and infant son disappeared without a trace a year ago, a man who understands the heartache of not knowing what happened to a loved one. Detective Charlie Wanamaker is facing another sort of tragedy. He fled Conroy years ago withno plans to return to what he considered a dying factory town-until a family emergency brought him back. Finding the situation much worse than he'd thought, he trades his job as a big-city detective for one with the Conroy police department. Assigned to the park shooting case, Charlie quickly realizes that the initial investigation left a lot of questions unanswered. Unofficially, he teams up with Mallory to uncover the truth and find the two kids, dead or alive. What Charlie and Mallory discover will take them down a twisted path that leads to an old unsolved murder-and justice for a killer with a heart of stone. Mercy Street is tautly paced, resonant with emotion, and relentlessly gripping. It showcases Mariah Stewart at her most brilliant, as she ratchets up the suspense to new levels of excitement. Praise for Mariah Stewart Mariah Stewart is one to watch and savor for a long time. -The Philadelphia Inquirer Stewart can always be counted on to write an exciting romantic suspense thriller. -TheBestReviews.com
Publisher: New York, NY : Ballantine Books, [2008]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9780345492265
Branch Call Number: STE
Characteristics: x, 302 pages ; 25 cm.

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LoveAGoodRead
Mar 21, 2014

This story was written with heart and focus. The main characters were very likeable and I really enjoyed the quick pacing of the plot, as well as the variety of supporting characters. The mystery and an added touch of romance worked well together. The story left just enough loose ends to pull the reader into wanting to read the next installment. Will definitely read the next book in the series.

saatdj Jun 20, 2013

Like this first book. It is he first book i read from Mariah Stewart but I am wiling to give the series a try.

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mikeysister
Apr 15, 2013

Over the course of the last year, I’ve read the majority of Mariah Stewart’s books. I started with the Chesapeake Bay diaries, and backtracked from there. I really enjoy the way characters from all of her books reappear in other stories. I read the subsets in order, but I would have gotten the most pleasure from reading her books in order from her first published work to her last. Regardless, it’s still interesting to read the origins of some of her characters. I was hesitant to read Mercy Street because it seemed so different from her other stories, but once again, I was sucked in. It did take me several chapters to really get into it, but once I did, I found myself unable to put it down. And as soon as I finished it, I immediately picked up Cry Mercy and then Acts of Mercy to see where the characters went from there. My only complaint is that there are only three books in this particular series.

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