Genre: Thriller


“Or you can claim all the evidence they had was fake,” added Blum. “That seems to be a pretty popular tactic these days”


Mixing fact and fiction (I hope!) , David Baldacci introduces us to a new character: Atlee Pine is an FBI agent stationed in Shattered Rock, AZ (near the Grand Canyon). Atlee is troubled by a traumatic event in her past, is a near-Olympian weightlifter, prefers open spaces to an office in the city, and, as we find out, pursues the truth with abandon.

Hoping to finally put her mind at ease after 30 years, Atlee visits the super max prision, ADX Florence, outside of Denver. Daniel James Tor is the worst of the worst, and Atlee finally needs to ask him a question:

“Where’s my sister?”

At home the next day a text arrives and Atlee was back to work, this time to investigate the death of a mule at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.

What seems an innocuous assignment turns out to be a harrowing race against evil forces within our own government (all the way to the top) with the fate of the free world, and millions of lives, at stake.

“Long Road to Mercy” is a fantastic read, with a great new character, that mixes today’s headlines about Russia, North Korea, and corrupt administrations, with fictional efforts to destabilize the world with a foolhardy attempt to destroy…..

To find out what happens, you will have to read the book. 🙂