Mercy Killing: Affairs of State (Book 1)

Mercy Killing: Affairs of State (Book 1)

by Kathryn Johnson


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For love, justice, and to save her mother's life, Mercy O'Brien will do anything. Even if it means sacrificing her own life.Artist and Washington, D.C. socialite Mercy O'Brien Davis married for love and gave up a promising job as a Smithsonian curator to support her husband's diplomatic career. But while accompanying him to Mexico City, she learns her famous photo-journalist mother has disappeared without a trace in Ukraine. Desperate to find her, Mercy runs afoul of the U. S. State Department and stumbles into a maze of lies, crime, and international intrigue. When she appeals to her husband for help in locating her mother, he is strangely reluctant.With her marriage already on shaky ground in the aftermath of her husband's infidelity, and the U.S. government ignoring her entreaties on her mother's behalf, Mercy accepts help from a mysterious American agent who enlists her to spy on sexy cattle baron Sebastian Hidalgo, suspected of heading a Mexican crime cartel. Hidalgo is determined to keep her from discovering his darkest secrets, even as he lusts for her. Manipulated by the men in her life, and their hidden agendas, Mercy wonders if there's anyone she can trust, and what price she will have to pay for her mother's safe return. "I adore books by this author. They're addicting!"Toby Devens, author of Happy Any Day Now"(Johnson) walks the line between fact and invention with ease." Shelf Awareness for ReadersA love story. A tale of one woman's courage in the face of tragedy. And proof that nothing is what it seems . . . where Affairs of State are concerned.

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ISBN-13: 9781499590883
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/05/2014
Series: Affairs of State , #1
Pages: 386
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

Kathryn Johnson (aka Mary Hart Perry), author of over 40 published novels, teaches workshops in DC for The Writer's Center, and has spoken at the Smithsonian and Library of Congress. She is CEO and founder of Write by You, a writer's mentoring service. Nominated for the prestigious Agatha Christy Award, winner of the Heart of Excellence and Bookseller's Best Awards, her most recent novels are Victorian thrillers inspired by the lives of Queen Victoria's daughters. Kathryn's new contemporary R/S series launches in 2014. She is a member of the Author's Guild, RWA, MWA, SINC, NINC, and the Historical Novel Society.

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