I want to take a short break from my political blogging to tell you about my brother’s latest novel, "Mercy", published last week. This is a thriller, with more twists than a corkscrew, guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seats right up to the last page. David’s writing has been compared to that of Dan Brown and John Grisham and there is something in that – partly because many of his books have a large element of courtroom drama (à la Grisham) and partly because his chapters are short and frequently end in cliffhangers (like Dan Brown), which makes the book, once started, almost impossible to put down. You tell yourself you’ll just permit yourself one more chapter before going to sleep –  after all, it’s only a couple of pages –  and then you are seduced into reading another and another and another. This is certainly true of "Mercy", which I read in one sitting and, in consequence, didn’t switch off my bedside light until two o’clock in the morning. (My advice – read this over the weekend .)

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.



About Shimona from the Palace

Born in London, the UK, I came on Aliyah in my teens and now live in Jerusalem, where I practice law. I am a firm believer in the words of Albert Schweitzer: "There are two means of refuge from the sorrows of this world - Music and Cats." To that, you can add Literature. To curl up on the sofa with a good book, a cat at one's feet and another one on one's lap, with a classical symphony or concerto in the background - what more can a person ask for?
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3 Responses to Mercy

  1. Patricia says:

    Shimona, I\’ve been adding to my library the past few weeks…I think I joined about every book club on the internet…well, not all!…lol…looking forward to some "long winter evenings" of reading…I will look for this one…what else has your brother written?…

  2. Patricia says:

    Shimona…I got distracted by Edith Piaf this morning…know the song but can\’t remember the title…had never heard it in another language before…"all the chapel bells were ringing…was a great day in his life"…and so on, the lyrics I can force to mind…anyway, enjoyed listening…will go to Amazon again…was looking for it in US…also found it on Ebay……uhhhhhh…."Little Jimmy Brown was born" I can remember, too…"bless this hour of dedication, let our hearts be filled with love"…I will google…lol…"there hidden deep in the valley"…………

  3. Patricia says: is a wonder, Shimona…I didn\’t know this song had French origins…You made it a lovely day for me with this song…I remember it from early days…

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