Mercy Mass Market Paperback – Aug 1 2002
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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, Amazon.com --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From Publishers Weekly
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.
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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.
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!!
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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I WENT INTO THIS BOOK WITHOUT KNOWING JULIE GARWOOD'S WRITING STYLE. I WAS VERY IMPRESSED WITH THIS BOOK. ONE THING I DIDNT LIKE WAS WHEN SHE USED THE PHRASE "OH BOY". Read morePublished on July 8 2004 by Julie Sumner
This book just made it into my top 10 favorite books. It's funny, sexy and suspenseful. I just fell in love with the book and with Theo! Julie Garwood is a great writer. Read morePublished on June 25 2004 by Nathania E.
I read this book recently and I absolutely loved it. I am a huge Julie Garwood fan and although most of what I have read from this author has been in the historical category, I am... Read morePublished on March 17 2004 by Jeni_Lyn
Julie Garwood has always been one of my favorite authors and this book was no disappointment. The main characters Mike and Theo were fantastic and I fell in love with the small... Read morePublished on March 15 2004 by jla815
I can't imagine how this book was ever published. The author can't write. Her characters are one-dimensional cliches. The plot is thin and ridiculous. Read morePublished on Dec 30 2003
Just couldnt put it down. Finished this book in a day and by the end I wanted to read it again. Excellent plots. This one HAS to be my favorite from Julie GarwoodPublished on Aug. 28 2003
This is a novel that I could recomend to anyone, and would. It held my attention from beginning to end. Read morePublished on June 16 2003 by S. K. Leggate