Todd launches new novel

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Knowl­ton Danny Mcauley

Author Jack Todd presents his new book Rain Falls Like Mercy on Satur­day De­cem­ber 17 at 4:00 p.m. at Brome Lake Books, 264 Knowl­ton road. This is a free event. A signed first edi­tion makes a great gift. For in­for­ma­tion please call 450-242-2242.

Set against the sweep­ing back­drop of World War II, Rain Falls Like Mercy is a grip­ping de­pic­tion of a fam­ily and a coun­try touched by the grand vi­o­lence of war, the sense­less 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 vi­o­lence builds to a stun­ning crescendo. Todd’s first novel, Sun Go­ing

Down, which in­tro­duced the Paint fam­ily, won praise from re­view­ers and ma­jor au­thors such as Michael Korda and Michael Blake. His sec­ond novel, Come Again No More, re­counted the Paints’ saga of tri­umph and tragedy through the Great De­pres­sion, in­spir­ing the Ot­tawa Cit­i­zen to la­bel Todd “a first-rate nov­el­ist with a ten­der heart.”

Rain Falls Like Mercy opens with the mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion of a young girl in Wy­oming in mid- 1941. Tom Call, the young sher­iff run­ning the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, 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. Bobby mans an an­ti­air­craft gun dur­ing the at­tack. Tom joins the U.S. Air Force and is de­ployed to Eng­land to fly bombers, 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 a sweep­ing pic­ture of the his­tor­i­cal events that shape their des­tinies.

Af­ter work­ing for the Akron Bea­con-jour­nal, Detroit Free Press and Mi­ami Her­ald, Jack Todd left the U.S. dur­ing the Viet­nam War and set­tles first in Vancouver, where he was a gen­eral as­sign­ment reporter for the Vancouver Sun. Af­ter stints with Ra­dio-canada In­ter­na­tional in Montreal and sev­eral years spent try­ing to write the Great Amer­i­can Novel, Todd joined the Gazette in 1986 as a copy editor on the sports desk and spent four years as city coum­nist be­fore mov­ing to sports, where he has cov­ered two World Cup soc­cer tour­na­ments and five Olympic Games. Jack Todd is the author of The Taste of Metal, Sun Go­ing Down, Come Again No More and Rain Falls Like Mercy.

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