The book’s protagonist is attorney Alex Sedaka, whose client is on Death Row and due to die by lethal injection in 15 hours time. The cynical Alex is convinced his client is guilty, until the man rejects a gubernatorial offer of clemency in return for disclosing the whereabouts of the victim’s body, which was never found!
David being David, this is more than a simple thriller. Moral questions rear their head on all sides – and not just the tired old question of the morality of capital punishment either. What if the condemned man is legally innocent but morally guilty? What if the bastard deserved to die for just about everything but the crime of which he was actually convicted? What about the morality of private vengeance? Ethics versus justice? Justice versus morality? Morality versus ethics?
All in all, whether you’re looking for a stocking-filler for the upcoming Christmas season, a Chanucah present, or just a thumping good read for the long winter evenings now facing us, I can warmly recommend "Mercy" by David Kessler, available from all good bookshops in the United Kingdom. If you live outside the UK, the book is available online from Amazon.
In short, I think I can honestly say (and I am, of course, completely objective), that this is one of the best thrillers I have ever read.