Mercy is the fourth thriller in the Atlee Pine series by David Baldacci. You do not have to be familiar with the previous novels to enjoy Mercy but you will enjoy it more if you are. David Baldacci is a known quantity when it comes to thrillers: solid and original characters, interesting and foil worthy secondary characters, and the ability to tell a story economically

Mercy opens with FBI agent Atlee Pine watching while her father’s grave is dug up. Everything her childhood has been built on has, so far, turned out to be lies. The only real thing Atlee knows about her childhood is her twin sister Mercy was kidnapped when they were six and she was left for dead.

On sabbatical from the FBI with her assistant Carol Blum, Atlee Pine is determined to find out what happened to her twin sister.

Mercy follows another main character named Lee. You do not have to be a wizard to figure out who Lee really is. Lee draws the attention of a white supremacist leader out for revenge after she caused the death of his brother.

A rogue FBI agent adds a great deal of tension and interest to this David Baldacci thriller. The agent also plays Deus Ex Machina.

Will the sisters reunite before the white supremacist leader gets even with Lee?

Mercy by David Baldacci features quite a few plot twists (perhaps a couple more than necessary) but Baldacci keeps the reader’s attention and the plot moving nonetheless.

This being a David Baldacci thriller, I cannot but highly recommend it.

David Baldacci
Grand Central Publishing 2022
420 pages

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