Rain Falls Like Mercy by Jack Todd
A Novel

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Anyone drawn in by such lyricism needs to bear in mind the looming presence of that killer, the exploits and pursuit of whom almost place Rain Falls Like Mercy in the category of crime fiction...
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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.
 

About Jack Todd

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Jack Todd is the author of the novels Sun Going Down and Come Again No More and the memoir Desertion, which won the Quebec Writer’s Federation First Book Prize and the Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction. He lives in Montreal. Visit JackToddTheAuthor.com.
 
Published November 8, 2011 by Touchstone. 306 pages
Genres: History, Westerns, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Above average
Reviewed by Ian McGillis on Mar 02 2012

Anyone drawn in by such lyricism needs to bear in mind the looming presence of that killer, the exploits and pursuit of whom almost place Rain Falls Like Mercy in the category of crime fiction...

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Reviewed by Ian McGillis on Mar 02 2012

The introduction of such an extreme new element may surprise readers of the more conventionally historical Sun Going Down and Come Again No More, but it pays off, bringing an already rich story to a gripping ­— and disquietingly contemporary-feeling — climax.

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