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Format:
Title:
Mercy Street : a novel
ISBN:
9780345492265
Edition:
1st ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Ballantine Books, ©2008.
Physical Description:
x, 302 pages ; 25 cm.
Series title(s):
Number in series:
01
Summary:
A private investigator and a Pennsylvania police detective team up to solve the shooting deaths of two teenage boys and the two missing teenagers linked to the shooting.
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Summary

Summary

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


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Publisher's Weekly Review

This intriguing if somewhat bland first in a new romantic suspense series from bestseller Stewart (Last Breath) introduces two cool crime solvers, PI Mallory Russo, a former Conroy, Pa., cop, and Charlie Wanamaker, a former Philly detective who's returned to Conroy to help his alcoholic mother and his disabled sister. Despite bad experiences employing PIs, billionaire Robert Magellan, who's haunted by the disappearance of his wife and young son, hires Mallory to locate two missing teens, Courtney Bauer and Ryan Corcoran. The high school students vanished after a playground shooting that left two of their friends dead. The Conroy police suspect the pair were involved, but Mary Corcoran, Ryan's grandmother, and Linda Bauer, Courtney's mom, are sure of their innocence. Some readers may wish that the author had given more time on stage to a bad girl suspect, but all will cheer the appealing romance that develops between Mallory and Charlie. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Booklist Review

Former Conroy, Pennsylvania, detective Mallory Russo is writing a true crime book after being forced to resign from the police force by angry fellow officers when she refuses to lie for her partner. The police chief recommends her to a priest who is looking for a private detective to find two missing teenagers who disappeared after two of their friends were shot and killed. Billionaire Robert Magellan, whose wife and infant son mysteriously disappeared over a year ago, will bankroll the investigation. The case intrigues Mallory, so she begins her investigation, along with newly hired Conroy police detective Charlie Wanamaker. Wanamaker has returned home for family reasons, and sparks fly between the two as they work to find the missing teens before it is too late. Mallory is a smart, resourceful, principled, likable main character who is struggling with being ostracized by her former colleagues, while Charlie must help his mother and sister as he begins his new job. Fast pacing, suspense, romance, and the intriguing premise of a foundation to solve cold cases make this the promising beginning of a new series.--O'Brien, Sue Copyright 2008 Booklist