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The Mercy of the Night

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  494 ratings  ·  58 reviews
Phelan Tierney helps people who hope to start their lives over. When a young woman he’s taken under his wing disappears, the former lawyer devotes himself to finding her—despite her puzzlingly unhelpful family and his own ghosts.

Jacquelina Garza has been to hell and back. Abducted and tortured by a child predator when she was eight years old, she still, years later, bears
Kindle Edition, 431 pages
Published by Thomas & Mercer (first published April 7th 2015)
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Jul 18, 2019 rated it liked it

I’m afraid this one I have tried three times to pick up, get eager about and finish.
I was glad I finished to be honest.

All the “street talk jargon” was lost on me.

Story was ok.
S.W. Hubbard
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was more of a 3.5 star read for me, but I'm rounding up. I liked the story of Jacqi Garza, a young girl who had been abducted when she was eight and escaped within days. Instead of being treated as a hero, she's shunned and her life goes into a downward spiral until we meet her as a runaway, semi-addicted teen. The mystery revolves around Jacqi's secrets and who wants to keep them secret and why. Our hero is a world-weary lawyer-turned-PI who is asked to find Jacqui. He manages to let the t ...more
Ren nerdychampagne
Mar 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-reads, adult
I received an eARC in exchange for an honest review.


I finally finished this book. It took me a month or so but here we are.
I'll get straight to the point - it was very hard for me to establish a proper connection with the characters. It took me quite a while. That was my main problem with this book.

I'll get straight to the point - it was very hard for me to establish a proper connection with the characters. It took me quite a while. That was my main problem with this book. The characters.
May 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars This book is masterfully written. I was pulled in from the first few pages, thoroughly immersed in the characters, their lives and their stories. The main characters have demons that need exorcising. Many of those demons go back some 10 years ago and have come to the forefront in this story. Corbett is brilliant at characterization. The people in this book are very real, very alive. He made me feel for them, root for them, and mourn with them. I sure hope this isn't the last we see of ...more
Aug 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Gillian Flynn and Don Winslow
Recommended to Still by: I purchase all of David Corbett's novels
Yet another great crime thriller by one of my favorite authors.
Highly recommended.
Gripping and suspenseful.

I tend to avoid writing synopses.
Too afraid of accidentally offering up spoilers -I'll just say that this one held my attention from the first paragraph to the last sentence of the acknowledgements.

David Corbett is one of the best contemporary thriller authors we have.
I've enjoyed every novel he's ever had published and would urge any of my friends to read all of his novels.
You will not be
Mark Stevens
Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Like the best of Richard Price or Dennis Lehane, "The Mercy of the Night" concerns itself more with the human impact of crime than the crime itself. Corbett puts us in the mix with three strong characters (and many more).

When we meet Jacquelina Garza she’s turning tricks again but trying to avoid crank. “Tricking again was degrading enough, but she’d rather set herself on fire than go back to being that strung out. She had no illusions about the undertow. Death by a thousand bumps. And everybody
Donna Wetzel
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Thank you Goodreads for an amazing book, The Mercy of The Night by David Corbett. I will definitely be looking for more books by this author. Be prepared, it is difficult to put this book down. I kept wanting to find out what was going to happen to these characters. I recommend this book for anyone who likes a crime story with substance.
Angel Hatfield
Apr 12, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: thriller, reviews
**I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review
Victor Cope kidnapped two little girls. Mariana was never found and Jacqi was able to escape. She had eaten very little and had been naked and shackled.
I read about half of this book, but it just dragged on and didn't keep my interest.
Apr 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Wonder how many Jacquelian's living around the corner of my house?"

"Kids with no future, adults without work, promises broken at the whim of money". This sentence author wrote will tell you what this book is about. Narration of David de Vries is good, but for me not knowing any street talk made it hard to understand. Also stop to translate to English was irritating.
Apr 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
David Corbett's The Mercy of the Night is a fine, fine novel--gripping, evocative, layered--written with compassion, insight, and art. Better than Bushmills (and I don't say that lightly). Read this book; read David Corbett's other books too. ...more
Ellen Kirschman
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: readers of mysteries, thrillers and suspense
As I do, if you like Richard Price (Clockers, the Whites) you'll like David Corbett's fast-paced, down & dirty suspense novel. Told from several points of view. The primary narrators are teenager Jacquie Garza, who was abducted as a child and bears, not only the scars of her experience, but the projections of her family and her rescuers. All of which have turned her to a life on the streets. Phelan Tierney, a grieving lawyer turned PI whose well-meaning but blundering obsession with Jacqui is en ...more
A Reader's Heaven
(I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)

As an eight-year-old, Jacquelina “Jacqi” Garza was one of two nearly identical girls abducted by a child predator in the northern California town of Rio Mirada. After escaping her captor and living through a very public trial, Jacqi’s life has spiraled out of control until, a decade later, she vanishes once again, determined to cross the border and start over.
Phelan Tierney, a former lawyer and part-time inve
Joe O'Connor
Jun 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Excellent; a whole group of flawed characters: a teenager who had been kidnapped when 8, a man still struggling with his wife's death from cancer while trying to build a new relationship, a cop struggling with a judgement call years ago, come together along with other players to deal with a murder and the past; previously received in a Goodreads giveaway ...more
James Townsend
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing

No cliches...tightly crafted. .Great, believable dialogue. Complicated, multifaceted and distinctive characters. Looking forward to more finds like this from David Corbett.
Feb 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: my-library
This story is about Tierney, a former attorney who devotes himself to finding missing Jacqi Garza. The plot summary sounded interesting. I really wanted to like this one, but the pace was slow and it drug on in places. It's saving grace it the ending. Worth muddling through! 3 Stars ...more
Jan 27, 2020 rated it liked it

Shocking story. I found this book hard to read with lots of slang and other phrases that I didn’t understand. Finished it though.
Nov 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read. twisted and suspenseful.
Shelley Blanton-Stroud
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The things you learn about in Corbett’s writer-bible—The Art of Character—are all on display here. It isn’t just the fantastic plot and his literary ear, authentic dialog. It’s the way he gives us full, well-rounded characters, with a history of betrayals and hope and losses and wins. Highly recommend for lovers of the thriller genre who require psychologically authentic characters.
Phil Semler
May 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Rio Mirada, a fictional town in the Bay Area, cannot help but be Vallejo for me. A ferry runs from the town to San Francisco, and you’re near the wine country in Napa. And yet the town is bankrupt. Citizens now forming vigilante groups to protect themselves. It’s a kind of dystopia, and yet right now. The good people find it difficult to leave since they’ve lost the equity in their homes. Besides, why should they leave? It’s home. Circling around are the child molesters, monsters, gangs, organiz ...more
Feb 24, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book started off slow for me. I wasnt sure I liked it for the first 50pages but there was always some small thing about Jaqui and her life that kept me wanting to know more. I decided to just stick with it and maybe a little half way through the book I was so captivated with everything going on that I couldnt help but try to find many free moments in my day to read more of it. Strangely, there were still moments in reading the book that I still wasnt sure I liked it; because of that I had a ...more
Theresa Donovan Brown
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Mercy comes hard to the high-strung, restless characters grappling with really tough breaks in David Corbett's latest fast-paced thriller, The Mercy of the Night. Bad stuff does indeed happen to good people, and bad stuff happens to bad people, too, in this roller-coaster ride of people trying to get what they want -- or need -- from each other. The heroine's sad story has victim written all over the face of it, but Corbett takes us so much deeper into a strong, unbroken nature. This is a girl ...more
V.R. Barkowski
At the age of eight, Jacqi Garza was abducted by a child predator. She escaped, but both her trauma and ill-found fame endure. Now in her teens, Jacqi continues to struggle against her past. Enter Phelan Tierney, a former attorney turned PI with a tortured past of his own. When Jacqui disappears from her group home after witnessing a murder, Tierney is recruited to find her. Unfortunately for Jacqi, Tierney isn’t the only one looking.

Though Blood of Paradise remains my favorite of the author's n
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Pain of Lies and Deception

Mr. Corbett did an amazing job portraying a dysfunctional Latin American family who is faced with multiple tragedies involving their eight year old daughter, and find the need to spin the information for public consumption after she is kidnapped and she escaped.

The lies told and their affect on the girl, her brother, and her mother is entirely toxic. The policemen involved in the case are also affected peripherally. Most of the novel occurs ten years after her kidna
Nov 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was my first David Corbett book. I'm not usually a reader of crime mysteries, so it took me a bit to get into the groove of the story. I have heard that David's character development is exceptional, and I would tend to agree. There were definite arcs among the various central and supporting characters- or at least those that survived the novel, and while I wasn't overly surprised by how things ended up, it was a fun ride getting there.

Probably the second quarter of the book was a bit to get
The Mercy of the Night is a book that draws you with what happened, but holds you there with the why, how and by whom of these events. I have two other books by David Corbett and I am certain of one thing - Corbett excels at creating characters. In his books they are accessible, real people who have histories, goals, dreams, flaws, and good and bad personality traits. Never one to tamper down the energy, emotion or passions surrounding disturbing issues and complicated moral dilemmas, Corbett i ...more
Lony Meyer
Apr 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a terrific job David Corbett did in bringing each character in his new heart-pounding, captivating Crime Novel “The Mercy of the Night” to life. The story takes place in Rio Mirada, the gateway to Napa Valley; well us locals know where it is :-). His book is entrancing from the first to the last chapter.
Phelan Tierney, interesting name you may think, a former lawyer with a PI license who makes the 17-year-old Jacquelina Garza his #1 priority. Jacqi, as everyone calls her, has a painful past
Apr 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle-library
I started reading this for kicks and giggles because it was free (through Kindle First or Samsung Kindle Deals.) and because I thought it would be a quick and easy read. Silly me.

I found the book really slow, almost excruciatingly so. It isn't until two or three chapters before the end that you find out Jacquelina's back story, dragging out the main plot for too long. While I am a fan of changing perspective points, I feel that Corbett didn't know when to stop. There were quite a few character
Nov 08, 2015 rated it liked it
An okay story about a girl who was abducted at the same time as a girl 'perfect' was and the perfect girl was never found so this other girl had to grow up in the same town knowing that the 'wrong' girl was found; the guy character was a former lawyer whose wife died of cancer and now he is trying to make a new life with his new girlfriend (a nurse, of all things, one that nursed his wife) and the guy helps the 'wrong' girl work out her mystery while attempting to solve his personal problems wit ...more
May 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to read and rate this novel. The character development was amazing but a word of warning if you want a feel good novel this isn't the one for you. All the characters had flaws (as we all do). I could not help being sorry for Jacqi and her brother Randy. The story line was also well developed and by the end I felt as if I knew the characters both heroes and villains. I would not recommend this novel to everyone because it deals with some disturbing aspects ...more
Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
This book was positively exasperating. I managed to finish it only because I was determined to "get" it. I found the street and police lingo almost too much to decipher at times It was hard for me to sort out the Garza family- mom in her silk blouses and wool suits, hyper-concerned with what everyone else in town was thinking- to their murderous, gun-toting, street-walking lifestyles. In the end, the big secret was what I surmised (around pg 50) had happened. This book just didn't work for me. ...more
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David Corbett is the author of four novels: The Devil’s Redhead, Done for a Dime (a New York Times Notable Book), Blood of Paradise (nominated for numerous awards, including the Edgar), and Do They Know I’m Running (Spinetingler Award, Best Novel—Rising Star Category 2011).

David’s short fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, with two stories selected for Best Amer

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