Long Road to Mercy

David Bal­dacci Grand Cen­tral Pub­lish­ing

Saskatoon StarPhoenix - - WEEKEND - Jeff Ay­ers,

David Bal­dacci in­tro­duces read­ers to FBI Spe­cial Agent Atlee Pine in his lat­est thriller, which is hope­fully the start of a new se­ries.

Pine has a tu­mul­tuous past, but the me­mories of a par­tic­u­lar day when she was six years old have not only iso­lated her from trust­ing peo­ple, but have also given her the strength to be­come an ex­cel­lent agent. She has taken the most re­mote as­sign­ment imag­in­able, run­ning the FBI of­fice in Shat­tered Rock, Ariz. Part of its ju­ris­dic­tion in­cludes the Grand Canyon. When one of the mules used to trans­port riders down the canyon is found stabbed to death, Atlee is called in to in­ves­ti­gate.

When she starts ques­tion­ing campers and rangers, Atlee is re­moved from any fur­ther in­quiry. But her su­per­vi­sors don’t know her. She has to over­come her loner men­tal­ity and work with oth­ers to stop a con­spir­acy. Hope­fully she has the time.

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