The Absence of Mercy ($14.99) centers on the peaceful town of Wintersville, Ohio—a place where neighbors feel more like family, the Chief of Police knows the residents by name, and the sound of children’s laughter echoes along the neighborhood streets. That is, until the dead body of a fifteen-year-old boy is discovered in the woods near town, and a brutal attack on a sixteen-year-old girl follows soon after, scarring this once “safe” town forever.
As the town’s medical examiner, Dr. Ben Stevenson, becomes involved in the investigation and more clues emerge, he begins to fear for the safety of his wife and two sons—eight-year-old Joel and sixteen-year-old Thomas—and ultimately he is forced to confront a truth that will haunt him forever.
John Burley attended medical school in Chicago and completed his emergency medicine residency training at University of Maryland Medical Center/Shock Trauma in Baltimore. He currently serves as an emergency medicine physician in northern California, where he lives with his wife, daughter, Great Dane, and English Bulldog. This is his first novel.
John Burley's The Absence of Mercy is a harrowing tale of suspense involving a brutal murder and dark secrets that lie beneath the surface of a placid, tight-knit Midwestern town.