Police officer Ellery Hathaway is now on involuntary leave because she
shot a murderer at the end of the last book. The public also knows that
she once was the single living survivor of a serial killer, which makes
her something of a curiosity. Ellery hates this unwanted attention, as
well as being required to attend group therapy for victims of violent
crimes. All of this leads to her starting to investigate both an arsonist
and a serial rapist. So she turned to her friend, FBI profiler Reed
Markham for help, the man who saved her all of those years ago.
It was great reading about Hathaway and Markham again. They work
well together, and also have great chemistry. Case-wise, the plot of this
book did not thrill me as much as THE
VANISHING SEASON, but, then again, it was more of a personal
story for Ellery in the first book. This time she deals with a couple of
cases that have been brought to her, or she found on her own. These
cases have very unexpected endings.
NO MERCY is a darn good book.
The writing has the same wonderful a flow to it as the first book, and I
like Ellery and her tendency to find trouble everywhere. I can't wait to
read the next book!
Police officer Ellery Hathaway and FBI profiler Reed
Markham take on two difficult new cases in this stunning
follow-up to The Vanishing Season.
No Mercy is award-winning author Joanna
Schaffhausenâ€™s heart-pounding second novel.
Police officer Ellery Hathaway is on involuntary leave from
her job because she shot a murderer in cold blood and
refuses to apologize for it. Forced into group therapy for
victims of violent crime, Ellery immediately finds higher
priorities than â€śgetting in touch with her feelings.â€ť
For one, she suspects a fellow group member may have helped
to convict the wrong man for a deadly arson incident years
ago. For another, Ellery finds herself in the desperate
clutches of a woman who survived a brutal rape. He is still
out there, this man with the Spider-Man-like ability to
climb through bedroom windows, and his victim beseeches
Ellery for help in capturing her attacker.
Ellery seeks advice from her friend, FBI profiler Reed
Markham, who liberated her from a killerâ€™s closet when she
was a child. Reed remains drawn to this unpredictable woman,
the one he rescued but couldnâ€™t quite save. The trouble is,
Reed is up for a potential big promotion, and his boss has
just one condition for the new jobâ€”stay away from Ellery.
Ellery ignores all the warnings. Instead, she starts digging
around in everyoneâ€™s past but her ownâ€”a move that, at best,
could put her out of work permanently, and at worst, could
put her in the city morgue.