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Final Mercy

4.09  ·  Rating Details  ·  56 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Dr. Jack Forester, director of the New Canterbury University Hospital emergency department, is about to win an ongoing battle to modernize the ED when he's stymied by the power-hungry dean, Bryson Witner. Then someone tries to murder Jack's mentor and the former dean, setting it up to look like suicide. Bit by bit, Jack uncovers facts that suggest several other recent trag ...more
Kindle Edition, Second Edition, 300 pages
Published January 15th 2013 by Pascal Editions (first published September 30th 2010)
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Sep 09, 2014 Monnie rated it really liked it
As a huge fan of medical mysteries, I jumped at the chance to read this free with my Kindle Unlimited trial subscription. And when I learned it takes place in the Finger Lakes region of New York -- one of my favorite places to visit -- I was even more excited.

I'm pretty sure, though, that neither the town of New Canterbury nor Stanwick Lake are real - there are 11 Finger Lakes, and Stanwick isn't among them (our usual stopping place is somewhere along Seneca Lake in the Watkins Glen area, where,
Jul 23, 2012 Carole rated it it was amazing
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From the beginning the story pulled me in and kept me turning pages. It reminded me of the medical mysteries of Robin Cook. This book was every bit as good as Robin Cook's books. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves medical mysteries or just plain mysteries. The author is an emergency room doctor so he knows whereof he writes.
Molly (Cafinated Reads)
Feb 14, 2011 Molly (Cafinated Reads) rated it liked it
Recommends it for: most everyone
Recommended to Molly (Cafinated Reads) by: PUYB
When I heard about this medical thriller, I jumped at the chance to review. Being a former CNA and Med Tech and a current Pharmacy Technician, I love everything about the medical field. However, upon sitting down to read this novel, I wasn't as pleased as I thought I would have been. Oh, don't get me wrong, I was hooked on this novel by a truly talented new author, however, it wasn't what I was expected. It was a book that was a bit of drag for me-in other words, there were a few places that jus ...more
Todd Fonseca
Dec 29, 2011 Todd Fonseca rated it really liked it
Final Mercy – Castle Meets ER!

Rating: 4 of 5
Author: Frank Edwards
Format: Paperback, Kindle

After his mentor retired as dean, emergency department (ED) director Jack Forester found himself on the wrong side of a political battle with interim dean Bryson Winter, MD. What had been a foregone conclusion with the hospital directors regarding modernization of the ED, under Winter has become a battle that Jack is quickly losing putting his department and his career in jeopardy. Soon, however, Jack and a
You can’t help but enjoy this book! Initially, it starts out a little slowly by introducing all of the characters and the history and ownership of the medical buildings. Edwards is talented at showing the relationship between the doctors and each personality without describing anything – he is a master of “show me, don’t tell me” which is utterly refreshing for a new writer. I was initially a little wary of the medical jargon, but there was only a little and none of it was overwhelming.

The chara
Dec 19, 2011 Misty rated it really liked it
Edwards' knowledge and experience in the medical profession will be the first thing you notice when you start reading Final Mercy. He narrates his story in a way only someone famliar with the inner workings of a medical center could. His setting and background are solidly constructed and pull the reader in so immediately and fully you feel like you could be a part of the "office politics" at New Canterbury, but the third person narrative makes it easy to just be glad you aren't.

It only took abou
Justin Huggler
Mar 13, 2013 Justin Huggler rated it really liked it
There’s something appealing about the idea of a madman being charge of a hospital and nobody realising it. That’s the premise of Frank J Edwards’ Final Mercy: everyone thinks Bryson Witner, the new dean of a once prestigious teaching hospital in rural New York that has fallen on hard times, is a breath of fresh air. But Dr Witner is seriously unhinged: he’s killed his way to the top job and he’s intent on killing anyone who threatens his grip on it.
The antidote is Dr Jack Forester, the likeable
Apr 24, 2012 Jessica rated it liked it
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I won this book through Goodreads GIveaways!!!

I have never written a book review before, but here goes!

I enjoyed this book, its an easy read and most of the time you don't have to work hard to understand the plot, so it was a nice change of pace when I've been studying all day.
I'm a lover of grey's anatomy and other medical dramas so I guess you could say I had high expectations, and while Final Mercy didn't disappoint, I wouldn't say it blew me out of the park either.

The first page really hooke
Jun 15, 2014 Jean rated it really liked it
Dr. Jack Forester, director of the New Canterbury University Hospital emergency department, is about to win an ongoing battle to modernize the ED when he's stymied by the power-hungry dean, Bryson Witner. Then someone tries to murder Jack's mentor and the former dean, setting it up to look like suicide. Bit by bit, Jack uncovers facts that suggest several other recent tragic accidents may not have been in the least accidental.
A touch of romance is added when Zellie Andersen enters the story.
Diana Hockley
Apr 24, 2013 Diana Hockley rated it it was amazing

Final Mercy is a well-written book with an exciting plot! I won't repeat the synopsis as anyone can read that, instead I will get into the review.
The two characters are well rounded people-except for the "baddie" of course-and likable without being flooded with testosterone or the female character being too feisty. The heroine having a disability was something new and this was handled with a minimum of drama. The manner in which the hero and heroine met and naturally developed their friendship w
Feb 23, 2011 Cheryl rated it really liked it
I love thrillers, so I was excited that I got picked to read and review this book! I wasn't sure how this book would be because I saw that the author went to medical school, so I was kind of worried that there would be too much medical jargon that I wouldn't understand. I was pleasantly surprised that this was not the case.

I do admit that the book started a little slow for me. When I originally signed up to read this book, I was supposed to review it last month. I started it then found out it wa
Feb 13, 2011 Dorothy rated it really liked it
The books is a real page turner.
The plots starts of with the not so friendly politics of a large and once very popular medical center which is now struggling to regain its place in the field. When the former dean comes back to town and someone attempts to murder him the story then makes lots of twist and turns. What I found most exciting about the story was we know who is behind the wrong doings so it is not so much of a who did it, but a more of a why and how did they do it. All the characters
Apr 27, 2015 Jane rated it really liked it
Spine tingling read!

Thoroughly enjoyed this medical mystery. Just enough medical jargon to Keefe it spicy, but not so much that I was confused. The story bet it all was the best part. All in all a really good who dunnit.

Apr 23, 2012 Katrina rated it really liked it
Okay, so i really enjoyed this book. Working in the medical field myself i could relate to a lot of things in the book as far as attitudes of others i work with and to working short all the time and making due. It will be a great insight into the medical field for others as well.
The story line was terrific and believable. Zellie and Jack of course were my favorite characters. There were a couple of times where i didn't think they were gonna make it through.
I did noticed quite a few mistakes
Dec 03, 2014 Marilyn rated it really liked it

the way this hospital is taken over by mentally deranged Dr who was able to have people murdered.the ending was a surprise.
Darren Gallagher
I won this from the "Goodreads - First Reads" giveaways!

This is not my usual type of read, but I'm glad I won it. I really enjoyed reading it.
It started off a little slow, but as soon as it got going it held my attention throughout and I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen.

At times though I felt like it was overwritten, there was too much information given, and some of it unnecessary.

Apart from that, this is a good read! I recommend you pick up a copy!
Rosie Amber
Apr 08, 2013 Rosie Amber rated it really liked it
Frank kindly asked me to read and review this book. I really enjoyed it! A murder mystery centred around a hospital. There is a lot of excellent medical information and the reader certainly gets to understand the pressures of staff shortages, budgets and the intensity of the emergency department. There are plenty of well written characters who revolve around a serious plot with its own twists. Certainly worth a read.
David Pascal
Apr 26, 2013 David Pascal rated it it was amazing
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Frank Edwards was born and raised in Western New York. After serving as an Army warrant officer helicopter pilot in Vietnam, he studied English and Chemistry at UNC Chapel Hill, then received an M.D. from the University of Rochester. Along the way he completed the MFA program in Writing at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina. He continues to write, teach and practice emergency medicine, and li ...more
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