Top critical review
More romance than suspense
on September 15, 2001
Theo Buchanan is devoted to his job, much like his FBI brother Nick (star of ï¿½Heartbreakerï¿½), the only difference is Theo is a Justice Department attorney.
At an exclusive party in New Orleans, Theo is struck ill and rushed to the hospital, there his life will be saved by Dr. Michelle Renard, a beautiful surgeon. While Theo is slowly falling for Michelle, he will uncover a ring of criminals who call themselves the Sowing Club.
The Sowing Club consists of four men led by John, and while their crimes have given them millions of dollars set up in a Caymanï¿½s Island bank, John wants more, and he devises a brilliant planï¿½or so he thinks.
Johnï¿½s wife is very wealthy so he comes up with the scheme to have one of his men kill her, so he can collect her fortune and split it among the other members. Well, Catherine had plans of her own, and before her death she devised her own plan, one that will destroy John, and the members of his club.
The deeper Theo becomes involved with the Sowing Club, he realizes that Michelle has somehow become a target, and now he is faced with the ultimate challenge of saving her life, as she had saved his.
Itï¿½s a shame ï¿½Mercyï¿½ wasnï¿½t a better thriller, because Julie Garwood is an excellent writer: her characters are fleshed out, and the plot interesting, and well executed, but it takes a long time before anything good really happens. About two hundred pages into the book is when it becomes a thriller, whereas the rest of the novel trots along with the development of a love story, and the sub-plots involving various characters.
Readers of Ms. Garwoodï¿½s romance novels may like this, but a hard-boiled thriller fan will, more than likely, be bored. Better luck next time.