Rain Falls Like Mercy

Rain Falls Like Mercy

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by Jack Todd
     
 

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Set against the sweeping backdrop of World War II, Rain Falls Like Mercy is the gripping story of a family and a country touched by the epic violence of war, the random violence of crime, and the intimate violence of the heart.


IN THE TRADITION OF
true crime narratives such as In Cold Blood, acclaimed author Jack Todd's new

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Set against the sweeping backdrop of World War II, Rain Falls Like Mercy is the gripping story of a family and a country touched by the epic violence of war, the random violence of crime, and the intimate violence of the heart.


IN THE TRADITION OF
true crime narratives such as In Cold Blood, acclaimed author Jack Todd's new novel grips the reader from the first page; and as it spans continents and generations of one family, its taut and shocking undercurrent of fury builds to a stunning crescendo.

Rain Falls Like Mercy
opens with the investigation of a young girl's murder in Wyoming in mid-1941. Tom Call, the young sheriff in charge of the case, falls in love with Juanita, the wife of Eli Paint, whose son Leo and grandson Bobby Watson are on duty with the U.S. Navy. Almost overnight, the case is derailed by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, disrupting the lives of all involved. Tom joins the U.S. Air Force and is deployed to England to fly bombers, while still trying to pursue his murder investigation. His suspicion falls on Pardo Bury, the psychotic son of a wealthy rancher in Wyoming.

As Pardo and Tom make their ways to their inevitable and shattering confrontation, Rain Falls Like Mercy displays Todd's uncanny ability to zero in on his characters' emotional lives while simultaneously painting an epic picture of the historical events that shape their destinies.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The powerful concluding volume of Todd’s trilogy about the Paint family (after Sun Going Down and Come Again No More) follows the clan from 1941 to 1949 as they deal with the vicissitudes of Wyoming weather, the fortunes of war, and the depredations of a warped killer. Three generations of Paints, from patriarchal twins Eli and Ezra down to Eli’s grandsons, Ben and Bobby, share story space with Eli’s much younger, Mexican-born wife, Juanita; Eli’s arch enemy, oil tycoon William C. Bury; and Bury’s sons, Lon and Pardo. Todd’s vivid language is perfectly suited to the epic sweep of his narrative, whether describing the chaos of a U.S. naval squadron enduring kamikaze attacks off Okinawa, where Bobby is a gunner aboard the battleship Tennessee, or the extraordinary efforts by Eli and his ranch hands to save their stock during the terrible blizzard of 1949. The evil of Pardo, small, handsome, and vicious, permeates the tale from beginning to end, but so does the daily bravery of the unforgettable Paints. (Nov.)
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"Powerful . . . Todd’s vivid language is perfectly suited to the epic sweep of his narrative." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A sweeping story . . . Lean yet visceral prose . . . Todd masterfully captures both the larger historical moment and the more intimate details of family life.” –Booklist (starred review)

"Todd’s writing is exceptional and vivid. . . . A brilliant, compelling . . . and highly readable novel." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Kirkus Reviews
This Western-based tale of murder, war, love and the pursuit of justice cuts a wide swath from Japan to Germany before returning home to Wyoming and leaving readers breathless. In 1941, Sheriff Tom Call investigates the vicious killing of a 15-year-old runaway girl whose body is found in a shack on Eli Paint's ranch. Call is dedicated and conscientious, but he finds time to enjoy flying his single-engine Aeronca and taking Paint's wife for rides that lead to their love affair. The murder case occupies and frustrates him right up until the attack on Pearl Harbor, when he decides to put his passion for flying to use as a B-17 pilot in Europe. Todd's writing is exceptional and vivid, especially in depicting the combat scenes on the USS Tennessee in the Pacific. The large cast of characters fights the war on two oceans. Amid the dangers of combat, Call's mind often returns to the murder. Meanwhile, Pardo Bury, the son of a powerful businessman and a seriously unbalanced lowlife, does hard time in a Texas prison for slicing a prostitute. He is released around the time the war ends and is bent on revenge, embarking on a crime spree best not read about over lunch. Pardo doesn't especially need revenge as a motivation, though. In the tradition of criminals like Charles Starkweather, he takes a special pleasure in killing for its own sake. When the story follows Pardo after the war, the sex and violence are as graphic as they can be, rather like being crushed to a puddle by a pallet of Penthouse magazines. The final showdown between good and evil hits the reader like a knife to the gut. A brilliant, compelling, at times repulsive and highly readable novel.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416598510
Publisher:
Touchstone
Publication date:
11/08/2011
Series:
Paint Family Saga
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
9.52(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.00(d)

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