In the most suspenseful installment of the New York Times best-selling Body Farm series to date, forensic anthropologist Dr. Bill Brockton investigates a bizarre murder - and confronts a deadly enemy he thought he'd put behind bars for good.
Forensic anthropologist Bill Brockton has spent 25 years solving brutal murders - but none so horrific and merciless as his latest case: A ravaged set of skeletal remains is found scattered in the woods of nearby Cook County. They are all that is left of a victim who had been chained, hand and foot, to a tree on a remote mountainside. The bones tell Brockton and his longtime graduate assistant, Miranda, that the victim was a young male under the age of thirty. As they dig deeper to establish his identity, they uncover warning signs that long-simmering hatred is about to explode into violence, engulfing the region in chaos.
But the shocking case is only the beginning of Brockton's trials. In the middle of the troubling investigation, the unthinkable happens. The most frightening and deadliest criminal Brockton has ever foiled - the sadistic serial killer Nick Satterfield - escapes from prison, bent on wreaking vengeance. And he's had nearly 20 years to plan.
Simply killing Brockton isn't enough. Satterfield wants to make his nemesis suffer first, by destroying everything Brockton holds dear: his son, his daughter-in-law, and his grandsons and even Miranda, who's now on the verge of completing her PhD and launching a forensic career of her own.
Barraged by dangers striking from all directions, haunted by the ghosts of old cases, and desperate to save those he loves, Brockton finds himself slipping closer to the abyss. Pushed to the edge, he is forced to question the two pillars that have guided his life and his entire career - the justice system and the quality of mercy. Can the two truly coexist?
If he cannot reconcile these principles, which will Brockton choose in his ultimate moment of truth?
A harrowing, thoughtful, and provocative tale that explores what happens when one honorable, rational man is tested beyond all measure, Without Mercy is a powerful exploration that raises uneasy questions about justice and revenge, compassion and principle, the desire to kill and the will to survive.
©2016 Jefferson Bass, LLC (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
I love novels about areas of forensic science. As this novel and all of the Bill Brockton novels are written by an actual forensic anthropologist the knowledge gained is true. Well written, great characters and captive story. Keep writing guys.
Another excellent body farm novel. Cannot wait for the next one. Jefferson Bass is my favorite author and every book is better than the last.
I have read all the Body Farm novels, and this one seems to be way out of character with the rest of the series. The premise of the book is good, but I felt that the authors' personal political beliefs were on display way too much.
The characters seemed to have been "dumbed" down in this book. Also, the Trump bashing and the overly-politicized feel of the book were disappointing.
Mr. Stechschulte performed the book well. I have no favorite character.
Most of the Trump bashing. You could have the rest of the book mostly intact.
If this is the end of the series, it went out with a whimper, unfortunately.
I always look forward to the body farm novels! Always an exciting and detailed storyline.
I was disappointed at the amount of political issues that the authors included in this book. It really took away from the exciting storylines and forensics that I love about the body farm novels. While it is commendable to write a story about social justice, I personally think that this would have been better left to another genre.
I love his familiar, kind voice that is full of character.
Normally like the body Farm series but the details were so poorly conceived that I found myself being overall annoyed at the implausibility of the various plot twists. Brockton is supposed to be heavily guarded by scores of law enforcement, yet he seems to be always wondering around by himself. I'm surprised the editor allowed the book to be printed with so many details that were not believable.
Good from beginning to the end. When it gets to a gruesome part you would always hate the bad guy. Also the book also bring mix feelings, happy, sad, tears, hate, and anger. I take my hat off to Jefferson Bass and I can't wait for the next book.
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