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  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (Aug. 25 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345506146
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345506146
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.5 x 17.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #379,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A fantastic new series . . . The author’s finely drawn characters, and her rapid-pace, intelligent stories, keep the suspense flowing and the pages turning.”—Fresh Fiction

About the Author

Mariah Stewart is the award-winning author of the Last series: Last Look, Last Words, and Last Breath; the Truth series: Cold Truth, Hard Truth, Dark Truth, and Final Truth; and the Dead series: Dead Even, Dead Wrong, Dead Certain, and Dead End; as well as Forgotten, Until Dark, and The President's Daughter. She is the recipient of the Golden Leaf Award and the Award of Excellence presented by the Colorado Romance Writers, and has been a finalist for the Holt Medallion. Her books have been nominated for several awards from Romantic Times magazine, including Best Contemporary Romance and Best Contemporary Novel. Stewart is a native of Hightstown, New Jersey, and lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and their two daughters.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Detra Fitch TOP 500 REVIEWER on Aug. 25 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Samuel DelVecchio has spent the last sixteen years with the FBI, most recently as a profiler. He is now with the Mercy Street Foundation. Sam's first assignment is a cold-case murder of a soup kitchen volunteer. It is not long before Sam wonders if it is part of a serial killer's work. Turns out that there have been two other killings with the same MO. FBI agent Fiona Summers is already on the case and cooperates with Sam in hopes of figuring out who the killer is and why he is posing his victims in a certain way.

It is a local parish priest that recognizes what the poses represent. The killer is staging the Church's corporal acts of mercy ("Feed the hungry, shelter homeless ...") with the bodies. Sam and Fiona are in a race to stop the killer, but this killer is closer than they know.

***** FIVE STARS! Each Mercy Street novel investigates a single case. Yet there is also a continuous running sub-plot involving the owner of the foundation, Robert Magellan, Readers are treated with a fast paced and intense FBI thriller, but they also get to finally witness Robert find out what happened to his missing wife and infant son. (The readers who have been following this series already know the answers about Robert's wife. This title holds the answers to the son.)

As always, Mariah Stewart manages to show the good and the bad in our world. The author's writing style pulled me into the characters' lives, forced me to care for them, and swept me onto an emotional rollercoaster ride. All I can suggest to readers is for them to remember to breathe. *****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Don't forget to breathe. Aug. 25 2009
By Detra Fitch - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Samuel DelVecchio has spent the last sixteen years with the FBI, most recently as a profiler. He is now with the Mercy Street Foundation. Sam's first assignment is a cold-case murder of a soup kitchen volunteer. It is not long before Sam wonders if it is part of a serial killer's work. Turns out that there have been two other killings with the same MO. FBI agent Fiona Summers is already on the case and cooperates with Sam in hopes of figuring out who the killer is and why he is posing his victims in a certain way.

It is a local parish priest that recognizes what the poses represent. The killer is staging the Church's corporal acts of mercy ("Feed the hungry, shelter homeless ...") with the bodies. Sam and Fiona are in a race to stop the killer, but this killer is closer than they know.

***** FIVE STARS! Each Mercy Street novel investigates a single case. Yet there is also a continuous running sub-plot involving the owner of the foundation, Robert Magellan, Readers are treated with a fast paced and intense FBI thriller, but they also get to finally witness Robert find out what happened to his missing wife and infant son. (The readers who have been following this series already know the answers about Robert's wife. This title holds the answers to the son.)

As always, Mariah Stewart manages to show the good and the bad in our world. The author's writing style pulled me into the characters' lives, forced me to care for them, and swept me onto an emotional rollercoaster ride. All I can suggest to readers is for them to remember to breathe. *****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
super thriller Sept. 5 2009
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Mallory Russo of the Mercy Street Foundation hires Former FBI profiler Sam Delvecchio. His first case is a cold case where he looks into the murder of Ross Walker; based on what he learns Sam ponders whether a serial killer did the deed. Sam compares notes with FBI agent Fiona Summers; they agree the same psychopath has killed at least three times including the Walker homicide; a fourth similarly posed corpse is found. However, time and place offers similarities to his life and that shakes Sam to his bone marrow core.

Mercy Street founder widower Robert Magellan seeks his missing two years old son, Ian whose body was not found at the site of the car crash that killed his wife Beth in Western Pennsylvania. Meanwhile Robert's cousin Father Kevin Burch realizes the serial killer's victims are being arranged to represent the Seven Acts of Mercy. Sam and Fiona struggle to prevent the final three murders while their predator taunts them.

The third Mercy Street thriller (see CRY MERCY and MERCY STREET) contains two strong subplots: Robert's effort to find his son and the serial killer's avenging ACTS OF MERCY. The story line is fast-paced and filled with action and suspense that will have the audience begging for more from Mariah Stewart.

Harriet Klausner
Great Read June 26 2013
By Dotti Elrick - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a great end to the Mercy Series. I really enjoyed the book.
The Mercy Street Foundation was set up in the first book of the series, Mercy Street. It was founded by the billionaire, Robert Magellan, his cousin Father Kevin Burch and former detective Mallory Russo. The goal of the foundation is to look into cold cases that the various police departments have run out of leads on. They do this at no cost to anyone.
The foundation is still in the process of staffing all the positions. When the application of a former FBI profiler comes across Mallory's desk, she jumps on the opportunity to interview him.
Sam DelVecchio, left the FBI after the death of his wife at the hands of a serial killer he was tracking. He has just come back from a long vacation trying to clear his head, and decide what he wants to do next. When he finds the information on the Mercy Street Foundation. He needs a job, and figures it cant be any worse than what he left behind.
Sam's first case is the murder of a husband and father, an all around good guy that was found behind the center he and his wife volunteered at feeding the homeless. All leads have been followed, and the case has gone cold. The detective working the case mentions that an agent with the FBI has looked into the case in connection with one she is working on.
Fiona Summers has worked with the FBI for over 12 years, she has a tough reputation, no nonsense, and everything strictly by the book. When she is contacted by Sam about his case, they get together and compare notes and discover that not only do they have a serial killer on their hands, their killer is choosing dates and places that have a connection to Sam. It's only when Father Kevin sees the photos that he suggests, by the way the victims have been left, the killer is reenacting the seven Acts of Mercy. Three down four to go and Sam is sure he is to be number seven.
In a side story, Robert has been searching for his wife and infant son since the first book, they've been missing for fifteen months. Part of that story was resolved in the last book, Cry Mercy. We get the conclusion to the story in this one.
This series so far only has the three "Mercy" books. But it is part of her FBI series. It can be read as a stand alone book. I've read them all, and find she likes to bring back earlier characters or sometimes just a quick mention of a person or a case. It's like getting a visit from an old friend when they pop up in another book.
I hope this is not the last book in the series.
Excellent mystery Sept. 12 2009
By Elva Beaupre - Published on Amazon.com
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I thought this was a very good book. I've been following the mercy series and like every one of them. I like Mariah Stewarts' writing. It's easy to follow.
I liked Sam and thought he made a great addition to the Mercy Foundation ,but was a little disappointed at the end to find he was returning to work for the FBI. I was hoping he would choose to stay with the foundation group.
Two subjects were covered in the book. The story of Sam and the unsolved Walker murder and how he plays a big part in it, and also the the return of Robert Magellan's aon. Actually I'm hoping for a sequel concerning susanna, Robert's assistant. Both stories were covered in depth with all mysteries resolved at the end.
Great series July 4 2014
By Beverly C - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is the third book of the Mercy Street series. I couldn't wait to read it. These are first books I read by Mariah Stewart and they grabbed me from the first page of book 1, Mercy Street, then to book 2, Cry Mercy. I hope there's a fourth book.
Imagine if there really was a rich man who would help find missing people at no cost. it's a wonderful story line.


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