Rain Falls Like Mercy
A powerful novel that shows how one event could change everything.
Simon & Schuster
On Sale: November 8, 2011
Featuring: Pardo Bury; Tom; Bobby
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Fiction Adventure | Thriller Crime
Set against the sweeping backdrop of World War II, Rain
Falls Like Mercy is a gripping depiction of a family and a
country touched by the grand violence of war, the senseless
violence of crime, and the intimate violence of the heart.
In the tradition of true crime narratives like In Cold
Blood, acclaimed author Jack Todd’s new novel grips the
reader from the first page, and as it spans continents and
generations of one family, its taut and shocking
undercurrent of violence builds to a stunning crescendo.
Todd’s first novel, Sun Going Down, which introduced the
Paint family, won praise from reviewers and major authors
like Michael Korda and Michael Blake. His second novel, Come
Again No More, recounted the Paints’ saga of triumph and
tragedy through the Great Depression, inspiring the Ottawa
Citizen to label Todd “a first-rate novelist with a tender
Rain Falls Like Mercy opens with the murder investigation of
a young girl in Wyoming in mid 1941. Almost overnight, the
case is derailed by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Bobby mans an antiaircraft gun during the attack. Tom is
deployed to England to fly bombers, still trying to pursue
his murder investigation. His suspicion falls on Pardo Bury,
the psychotic son of a wealthy rancher in Wyoming.
As Pardo and Tom make their ways to their inevitable and
shattering confrontation, Rain Falls Like Mercy displays
Todd’s uncanny ability to zero in on his characters’
emotional lives while simultaneously painting a sweeping
picture of the historical events that shape their destinies.
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