My rating: 4 of 5 stars
In the most suspenseful installment of the New York Timesnestselling Body Farm series to date, forensic anthropologist Dr. Bill Brockton investigates a bizarre murder—and confronts a deadly enemy he thought he’d put behind bars for good.
Forensic anthropologist Bill Brockton has spent twenty-five years solving brutal murders—but none so bizarre and merciless as his latest case: A ravaged set of skeletal remains is found chained to a tree on a remote mountainside. As Brockton and his assistant Miranda dig deeper, they uncover warning signs of a deadly eruption of hatred and violence.
But the shocking case is only the beginning of Brockton’s trials. Mid-case, the unthinkable happens: The deadliest criminal Brockton has ever foiled—the sadistic serial killer Nick Satterfield—escapes from prison, bent on vengeance.
But simply killing Brockton isn’t enough. Satterfield wants to make him suffer first, by destroying everything he holds dear: Brockton’s son, daughter-in-law, grandsons; even Miranda, his longtime graduate assistant, now on the verge of completing her Ph.D. and launching a forensic career of her own.
The dangers from all directions force Brockton to question two things on which he’s based his entire career—the justice system, and the quality of mercy—and to wonder: can the two co-exist?
If not, which will Brockton choose in his ultimate moment of truth?
Without Mercy is the 10th book in the Body Farm series about forensic anthropologist Dr. Bill Brockton. Brockton must in this book deal with a brutal murder case, when skeletal remains are found on a remote mountainside. And, if that's not enough for him to deal with does he learn, while trying to discover more about the identity of the skeleton and who killed him that serial killer Nick Satterfield that he helped put away twenty years ago has escaped.
Since this is the first book I have read were the characters all new to me and I came to like them very much. Bill Brockton to his graduate assistant Miranda has an easy-going relationship (lots of funny moments as well as serious ones) and I felt after a while that I really wanted to read the previous books thanks both to them and to the fact that I enjoyed the slow progress of learning more about the skeletal remain. Adding a serial killer to the mix added some tension to the story and also tragic moments.
Without Mercy is a great book and I'm looking forward to reading more books in the series!