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  • Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; New edition edition (Aug. 1 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671034022
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671034023
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #124,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In Mercy, Theo Buchanan, the brother of FBI agent Nick Buchanan from Heartbreaker, Garwood's first foray into suspense fiction, meets surgeon Dr Michelle "Mike" Renard when he throws up on her designer dress at a New Orleans gala. Dr Mike saves Theo's life with an emergency appendectomy, enabling him to return to Boston and his job as a federal prosecutor.

But Theo can't stop thinking about Mike and her little hometown on the bayou. After concluding an investigation and trial that brings down a powerful organised crime syndicate, Theo receives several death threats and his boss recommends he keep a low profile. What better place to go incognito than Bowen, Louisiana, where the catfish practically throw themselves at your fishing pole and where a certain pretty young doctor is opening her new practice? But when Theo arrives, he finds life in Bowen isn't quite as idyllic as he thought. Someone has ransacked Mike's new offices and seems dead-set on harming her. As Theo struggles to protect Mike, he uncovers a ring of upper-crust criminals willing to do anything, even murder to keep their dirty little secret--all $40 million of it--from being discovered. What connection could they possibly have to Mike? And why does everyone under the age of 18 keep calling Theo "Coach"? Join perennial favourite Garwood on a journey into the quirky close-knit communities of the Louisiana bayou and the journey a man and woman devoted to their careers undertake as they fall passionately in love.

With Mercy and Heartbreaker, bestselling author Julie Garwood shows she has a new calling--contemporary romantic suspense fiction. While long-time fans of Garwood hope she won't forsake the historical romance genre that has been so successful for her, this versatile author is coming into her own as a creator of amazingly complex and detailed suspense novels. --Alison Trinkle, --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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After last year's bestselling Heartbreaker, her first venture into contemporary romantic suspense, Garwood turns out another of the same genre with equally crowd-pleasing results. Set alternately in posh New Orleans and in a swampy Louisiana bayou, the novel begins with the mercy killing of sickly, bedridden Catherine Bodine, wife of affluent attorney John Russell. John is the 30-something leader of what he and his three friends call the Sowing Club, their own high stakes embezzlement group, a secret society bound by a pact that will guarantee them millions in cash by the time they are 40. A shift to the romantic plot line introduces Department of Justice lawyer Theo Buchanan, doubled over in pain at an awards ceremony in New Orleans. Brilliant and striking surgeon Michelle Renard comes to Theo's rescue, performing an appendectomy, capturing his heart and leaving before Theo can thank her. Determined to show his gratitude, Theo follows the beautiful doctor to the backwater town of Bowen, La. Upon arrival, he finds Michelle distraught because she's being followed, her house has been broken into and her clinic ransacked. Theo hangs around to investigate and gets to know a slew of colorful country folk determined to feed him gumbo, cull free legal advice and make him the new high school football coach. Sparks fly furiously between Theo and Michelle, but bullets fly, too, when it becomes clear that Michelle is the one person who can hinder the Sowing Club's greedy ambitions. Garwood serves up a well-paced and absorbing read sure to satisfy readers who seek a bit of danger in love. Doubleday Book Club and Rhapsody Book Club main selection. (Sept.)Forecast: This strong offering will hit bestseller lists hard and early and deservedly so.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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By Elizabeth on March 8 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am a Julie Garwood fan, and while I enjoyed this novel, I have to admit that it had to grow on me. When I first read it, I stopped a few times because I felt the story line was a tad bit slow. Still I forced my way through it and the story picked up speed and ended up a wonderful thriller. Justice Attorney Theo gets seriously ill at a party and passes out right before throwing up on beautiful Dr. Michelle Renard. Michelle is a surgeon and saves Theo's life. Theo is instantly attracted to Michelle and the sparks fly and the beginning of a romance ensues. What Theo learns is that Michelle, even though she is this big city doctor, actually comes from a very poor small town and is returning to that town to open a practice. Theo, who is actually very burned out at his job and even though he doesn't realize it, big city life, visits Michelle in her hometown to get to know her better. What neither realizes though is that there is a secret organization that wants Michelle dead. This organization has also followed Michelle to her hometown. The story picks up from there. You meet all the good hearted but poor town folk while being immersed into Michelle's small time life. I enjoyed the book. Out of Julie's contemporary novels, this is probably my least favorite, but still a very good read. I would recommend.
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This is the 2nd book, i've read by Julie Garwood (the first being Heartbreaker) and so far she is 2 for 2. What a great book- Mercy has romance, suspense, mystery..
Mercy is the story of surgeon Michelle Renard "mike" who is attending a society gala when Justice Dept attorney Theo gets stricken and needs emergent surgery. Theo is in Louisiana and helps investigate a secret club of white collar criminals. Together these 4 have secreted millions of dollars but they agree not to touch the money for 5 years.
The club's leader, John, plans to kill his wife Catherine and threatens their club's safety. Catherine is supposedly ill and John tells them it will be a mercy killing to end her suffering. They hire Monk to help them but it ends up that John is not telling the whole truth.
The club eventually targets michelle as she is the one person who can destroy them and expose their club. Theo helps her investigage and protect her.
The main characters were rich and believable and the story line was fast paced and exciting. Even better, the secondary characters of monk, Michele's dad (big jake) , theo's family and even the criminals enrich the story. Mercy is a great book!!
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By A Customer on March 10 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I finished 'Heartbreaker' yesterday and I found a sneak preview to Mercy at the back of the book. While I haven't laid my hands on 'Mercy' yet, I thought I should check out reader reviews first. Looking through the reviews I found one that I had to comment on.(Believe me this is totally out of character for me but I couldn't help myself).
One of the readers(Lindsey Wilson) refers to mercy as being one of Linda Howard's best. Please, please even if it's only wishful thinking do not confuse the author of this book with Ms. Howard. Heartbreaker which I have read and which is a preclude to 'Mercy' reads like an extremely pale imitation of a Linda Howard. While I was reading Heartbreaker I couldn't help but wish it was a Linda Howard. Now, she would know what to do with the characters, the story line and the dialog. I am a great fan of Linda Howard and I think she writes some of the best contemporary mystery/romance novels.
Having said all this, I'll check out Mercy and hope that I don't have to force myself to finish it just because I paid good money for it as was the case with 'Heartbreaker'.
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By A Customer on Sept. 27 2002
Format: Hardcover
Like most fans of Julie Garwood's wonderful historical romance novels, I was very hesitant to read any of her contemporary novels for fear that I wouldn't like them. As fate would have it, a rainy day, some free time, and plain old curiosity made me pick up a copy of Mercy.
I was hooked from the first page. I was drawn into the plot of the corrupt Sowing Club and their connection to the heroine Dr. Michelle Renard. Michelle is a strong, smart contemporary character who is easy to like and identify with. I very much liked Theo Buchanan, who is sexy, smart,and quite versatile. I felt that the romantic and sexual tension between her and Theo was just enough to make you drool but not too much to make you roll your eyes in disgust.
Most surprising to me about this book was Julie Garwood's ability to balance the mystery/adventure with the romance between the two characters. Unlike most books I have read, I was not able to predict the ending (other than Michelle and Theo living happily ever after). I must say that Ms. Garwood has done an excellent job in transitioning to contemporary novels. I will give her future contemporary works more consideration when choosing something to read.
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I am not a fan of historical romances so I have never picked up a Garwood book. I work in a bookstore and have read most of the descriptions and I know how popular she is...
Mercy was excellent. I really enjoy the tight romantic suspense and she def. made me feel for the characters. True it did seem a little busy with the sheer number of characters involved, but it was easy to navigate. If you enjoy romantic suspense I HIGHLY recommend this book, if you spook easily and/or live alone.....maybe this won't be your cup of tea :-)
As an addition: DO NOT BUY the audio book read by Terrence Mann. I listen to audios all the time (my commute is 2 and 1/2 hours every day) and I thought that since I loved the book so much, then the audio would be great to listen to.
Terrence Mann does a good job with the different accents in the book (Cajun, Boston) but he has no sense of emotion and he smacks his lips all throughout the production. The sound became so grating and so pronounced (in my mind) that I couldn't even finish it. I am hoping that Killjoy will be out on audio, but if he's the reader, there not a chance I will purchase it.
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