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Long Road to Mercy (Atlee Pine series) Hardcover – Import, 15 November 2018
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The Number One Bestseller.
Long Road to Mercy is the heart-pounding first novel in the FBI Special Agent Atlee Pine series by bestselling author David Baldacci.
‘Eeny, meeny, miny, moe . . .’
It is thirty years since FBI special agent Atlee Pine’s twin sister, Mercy, was taken from the room they shared as young children. Notorious serial killer Daniel James Tor, was caught and convicted of other murders, and while there’s no proof, Atlee believes he knows what happened to Mercy. Tor still resides in a high-security prison in Colorado.
Assigned to the remote wilds of the western United States, Atlee has never stopped the search for her sister, and, wracked with survivor’s guilt, she has spent her life hunting down those who hurt others. She will always ask herself, ‘Why her, and not me?’.
Now, Atlee is called in to investigate a case in the Grand Canyon when a mule is found dead with strange carvings on its body, and its rider missing. She knows about killers and perhaps understands them better than any profiler in the FBI, but it soon becomes clear that she will need to put her skills to the ultimate test in this investigation.
It seems that Atlee will now have to confront a new monster.
And face the one of her nightmares.
Long Road to Mercy is David Baldacci at his best, introducing an engrossing new heroine, FBI Agent Atlee Pine. Alternately chilling, poignant, and always heart-poundingly suspenseful -- Scott Turow, Number one New York Times bestselling author
A fabulous new character from a master storyteller. Readers will love Atlee Pine. A mile-a-minute read that proves once again why David Baldacci has readers the world over flocking for more -- Jane Harper, New York Times bestselling author of The Dry
David Baldacci is one of the all-time best thriller authors. Long Road to Mercy is all action and attitude, and makes no apologies. Love it! -- Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author
FBI Agent Atlee Pine is a heroine I'll never forget. I hope David Baldacci's hard at work on Agent Pine's next adventure, because I can't wait to dive into it -- Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author
A multi-layered protagonist; a plot as deep and twisty as the setting. In Long Road to Mercy, Baldacci is at the top of his game -- Kathy Reichs, Number one New York Times bestselling author
Atlee Pine, David Baldacci's first solo female series lead, is introduced in Long Road to Mercy...The best things here are the Hitchcock-like scenes in the Grand Canyon, and the heroine's spunky elderly sidekick, Carol ― Sunday Times
David Baldacci introduces readers to FBI Special Agent Atlee Pine in his latest thriller, Long Road to Mercy, that hopefully is the start of a new series featuring her adventures . . . Baldacci excels as a storyteller when it comes to FBI agents with baggage. He also knows how to craft a complex and compelling case for his stellar heroes to solve. Baldacci is at the top of his game here. The final reveal is both exciting and shocking. Readers will fall in love with Atlee, and hopefully Baldacci will bring her back soon ― Daily Herald
An epic thriller-fast moving, beautifully imagined, and vividly set in the Grand Canyon and its environs. From the opening chapter to the final twist, this novel will absolutely transfix you. A stunning debut to what promises to be a great series. Agent Pine is a character for the ages -- Douglas Preston, Number one New York Times bestselling author
David Baldacci's best yet. He keeps the pages flying and the plot twisting in this ingenious and riveting thriller. Best of all, he introduces a compelling new heroine in FBI Agent Atlee Pine. I can't wait to see what she does next. Baldacci delivers, every time! -- Lisa Scottoline, Number one bestselling author
From the Back Cover
Praise for David Baldacci
‘Already among the world’s bestselling writers, Baldacci hardly needs to prove himself but he’s created one of the most intriguing, complex anti-heroes . . . Impossible to put down, especially because of Decker, who weaves a powerful spell’
‘The page-turner of the season’
‘Yet another winner . . . The excitement builds . . . The plot’s many planted bombs explode unpredictably’
New York Times
‘Baldacci inhabits the skin of his creations – tripping us up with unexpected empathy and subtle identification’
‘It’s big, bold and almost impossible to put down . . . Decker is one of the most unusual detectives any novelist has dreamed up . . . I called this novel a master class on the bestseller because of its fast-moving narrative, the originality of its hero and its irresistible plot’
‘A plot strong enough to make the bath go cold around you’
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- Publisher : Macmillan (15 November 2018)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 150987433X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1509874330
- Reading age : 18 years and up
- Item Weight : 640 g
- Dimensions : 16.3 x 4.2 x 24.2 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #810,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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With this one, though, I was a bit put off even before the donkey was used as a prop. I am not much in favour of a female character drawn as if she were a man, to start with. Other female sleuths, notably those by Agatha Christie (Tommy and Tuppence) and by James Patterson are drawn as women, but as women who also investigate and are very good at it. And no, it was not just the supersizing of this detective that put me off; it was her entire demeanor. Amos Decker is supersized, but he is an integrated personality, for all his quirks and differences. I cannot see Atlee Pine ever being an integrated personality. She doesn't seem to think about conditions, like Decker or even John Puller. She just floats warily, but attentively, through things. Indeed, I think she is probably the least likeable and most flawed major character Baldacci has ever written.
I can't say if the story is any good. I will likely not get deeper into it than I am now, with the discovery of the disemboweled donkey. Between the singularly unappealing main character and the vastly unappealing use of an innocent animal to drive the story...no, just no. I think Baldacci has lost a reader with this one, maybe just for this series...but maybe I'll have to rethink reading any writer who thinks it's fine to use the killing of an animal as a plot device.
Having thoroughly enjoyed (almost without exception) his other books my husband read it first! He persevered to the end but found that it took a long time to get going & when it eventually did the plot became ridiculously unbelievable- Atlee Pine (the FBI agent) is cast as an unbelievable tattooed wonder woman!
On that basis I am not even going to waste my time on it & if it had been Baldacci’s first book we would have not read anymore & missed out on his many other superlative books & phenominal characters!
Will we still get his new book...... most probably ......it can’t possibly be this bad!
David Baldacci introduces us to FBI Agent Ashley Pine in the first of what has been predicted as a new series of books featuring the character. Pine is a loner happy to operate within the Bureau in a single agent office out near the Grand Canyon. Experiences from her childhood have contributed to her being the person she is and in one particular instance she has carried that into adulthood.
A mule has been found mutilated within the Grand Canyon and the person riding it has disappeared. Pine sets up the initial investigation but soon discovers that some of the FBI’s top brass are watching events very closely. Her interest is further piqued when she realises that the missing individual works for a company that does not exist. Then a Korean hitman arrives on the scene and it appears that Pine is his main target.
Feeling out of her depth Pine seeks support from her bosses and soon realises that this support is not forthcoming. In fact she is advised to let the matter drop and take some leave instead. However Pine’s interest is piqued and she goes undercover to follow the trail and soon finds that it goes to the highest echelons of government. As she gets closer to the answers though she finds more and more government agencies will do all they can to stop her.
Baldacci shows once again how good he is at crafting a tale that is extremely believable. The concept of David and Goliath is not a new one as the underdog successfully takes on government and all its resources. Baldacci skirts the political line of being anti big government by emphasising the role of overreach within government by individuals. However it is a narrow line. Worth a look.