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Long Road to Mercy: 1 (Atlee Pine Thriller)

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Also of interest is Baldacci’s commentary on the political situation in the US and discussion around the lack of trust that Americans currently have in their own government agencies who no longer seem to be above the law.

Her off sider in this story is also a woman, and an older one whose usual position is as her assistant in the office. Having a virtually indestructible FBI Officer who never makes a mistake, makes it hard to ever feel like there's any real jeopardy, in what on the face of it should be a taut conspiracy thriller. Atlee’s been at Shattered Rock (as close as you can get to the Grand Canyon without being in the park) a year or so and has built a place and reputation for herself in the community but she holds herself back. Further, the writing throughout "Long Road to Mercy" is taut with intrigue and suspense so much so that I could only, with much difficulty, put it down to take care of other pressing needs, such as make a pot of coffee and the like. As she starts to ask questions she notices that people high up the chain are taking an interest in this case.The actual conspiracy that is finally uncovered is just far too absurd to hold the plot together but it does provide occasions for some well-written action set-pieces. Almost making Olympic status in weight lifting her character comes across as real and believable when she has to kick major butt.

Atlee Pine is not only a strong FBI agent, but also harbours a deep backstory that is sure to be handled over a few novels. A mule has been mutilated and savagely killed, and his rider, Benjamin Priest is missing, a disturbing set of facts that has Atlee investigating with the help of the Park Rangers. LONG ROAD TO MERCY strikes all the right chords: a perfect blend of action, secrets, and conspiracies--all combined with Baldacci's trademark sizzle. Atlee’s twin sister, Mercy, was abducted from their bedroom over thirty years ago, and Atlee has spent every day since wondering what happened to her.Despite having an almost unique female lead in Atlee, and a 60-year old female side-kick, this is not one of Baldacci's best. I literally skipped two to three pages of description because I didn’t care and didn’t want to read it. When the story opens and at the close she confronts the man, who is in prison for other crimes, she believes took Mercy.

But unless Pine keeps working the case and discovers the truth, it could spell the very end of democracy in America as we know it. I’ve previously mentioned that I was once a fan of espionage type thrillers and an avid reader of Robert Ludlum, Len Deighton and David Morrell. The plot: It was really well-woven, introducing the reader to unknown ideas that could very well be real (some aspects may or may not be based in reality, in fact – I didn’t check). Scott Turow, Number one New York Times bestselling author A fabulous new character from a master storyteller.What she lacks in terms of social skills and ambition she makes up for by her don't-mess-with-me nature and her investigative skill.

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