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Mercy (Alex Sedaka #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  172 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
It's hard to sit still when your client is scheduled to die in a matter of hours. As he makes a plea for mercy, lawyer Alex Sedaka is resigned to the fact that Clayton Burrows will be executed. Charged with the rape and brutal murder of 18-year-old classmate Dorothy Olsen, the case seems cut and dry. Or is it?
Paperback, 568 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by Avon Books
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Aug 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
My latest - and best - thriller. About a lawyer whose death row client is due to be executed in 15 hours.
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Uzun zamandır polisiye roman okumuyordum. En geçen sene okumuştum. Neyse kitabı baya sevdim. Kısaca konusundan bahsetmem gerekirse avukat Alex Sedaka müvekkili olan Clayton Burrow'u 15 saat içinde suçsuz olduğunu ispatlayamazsa idam edilecek. Kitap resmen 404 sayfada 2 gün geçiyor saati saatine. Bir ara geçmişe gidiyor ama. Burrow, lise hayatında Dorothy adlı kıza çok zorbalık yapmıştır ve cinayet delilleri de onu göstermektedir. Ama Burrow o kadar delil olmasına karşın hala Dorothy öldürmediğin ...more
Nov 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Harlan Coben, Dan Brown, Simon Kernick, John Grisham, Scott Turrow
David Kessler seems to have taken a leaf out of Harlan Coben's book here. This is a highly complex thriller full of twists and turns. Nothing is quite the way it seems and every time things seem, to be falling logically into place there is another twist. This is about as far from a linear story as they come. There is also an element of "Dan Brown" in the story. By this I mean not that it deals with grand conspiracies or a looming apocalypse, but rather the way in which Kessler ends almost every ...more
May 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Diane and hubby , Jill
Slow to start , but just like the time ticking on the upcoming execution the story seemed to pick up pace . I loved that the chapters were actually the time moving towards the 12:01 A.M deadline and as Clayton Burrows faces death , the characters become more alive . Half way into the book you cannot put it down and the ending ...OMG , the ending ;-)
Lisa Regan
Jul 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is so fast-paced and compulsively readable that before you even know it, half your day is gone and you're almost done with it! The writing is smooth and engaging. The pacing is excellent. The twists are non-stop and really original and brilliant. Even veteran thriller readers won't see these plot twists coming and yet when they're revealed, they make perfect sense. That's a difficult thing for a writer to pull off but Kessler does it absolutely effortlessly!
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
With only 15 hours to save his client from execution on death row this books jumps straight into the action. Trying to gather new evidence to prove his client's innocence takes you on a roller coaster ride. A great bunch of characters you can get behind, writing that carries you along step by step and with a quirky and eye opening twist at the end. Entertaining read.
Deboleena Mookerjee
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If I could have given this book a few more stars, I would have gladly done so. A real page turner, fast paced and tightly wrapped, this book kept me enthralled till the very end. I simply could not put it down. One of the few books which stay with you long after the last page has been turned.
Jul 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Enjoyable,fast-paced thriller, easy to read but I could see how it was going to end pretty early on.
Sep 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this book - actually figured it out all the way until the last "revelation".
Hilal Orhan
Jun 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Denice Gross
Oct 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
good book, never expected ending
Pinar Altay
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
heyecanlı bir kitaptı, film izler gibi okudum. okudukça da ali'ye anlattım, o da arkası yarın gibi dinledi. tabii, kitabın çok edebi bir yanı yok.
Sarah Watson
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
really enjoyed this book. a very gripping story
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great Book

Great storyline. Many twists and turns. Would recommend to others. Started out slow but the pace picked up quickly. David Kessler is a great author.
Sep 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Das Cover der deutschen Ausgabe lässt schon erahnen, dass man gerne Parallelen zur TV Serie “24” ziehen möchte. Der Vergleich ist durchaus berechtigt, denn auch “15 Stunden” spielt sich quasi in Echtzeit ab. Über jedem Abschnitt steht die Uhrzeit, die Handlung wird geradeaus erzählt. Jeder Handlungsstrang wird einzeln erzählt, es gibt nie Zusammenfassungen. Diese Art des Erzählens hat den riesigen Vorteil, dass sich nach und nach eine enorme Spannung aufbaut und man als Leser die Zeitnot geradez ...more
Mar 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was a freebie on Amazon. I mostly get freebies and use my library for books I want to read but arne't willing to shell out the expensive $$ for them.

The book surprised me at how well it was written and how fast-paced it was. I loved the plot even though I sort of figured out some of the mystery to it. I even liked how Kessler used a timeline to move the story forward. My first book by this author, but certainly not my last!
Sep 12, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very mediocre book. The storyline had potential and some of the time it was gripping, but the writing is stilted, the grammar just that little bit off and the people unconvincing. It's a book that tries too hard. I gave it 3 stars because the suspense was real and it had me eager to find out what happened even as I was getting more uncomfortable with the writing.
I won't bother to read the other two books in this series.
Vesa Ollilainen
Dec 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Towards midnight, the moment of the planned execution, time was slowing and the intensity of actions increasing. Tension was high during the whole story but, on the other hand, the book was, every now and then, also quite boring due to long detailed speculations leading to nowhere. Moreover, most of the numerous turns of the story could be too easily anticipated.
Georgiann Hennelly
Dec 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is a highly complex thriller full of twists and turns. Nothing is quite the way it seems and everytime things seem, to be falling logically into place there is another twist.This is a far cry from a linear story as they come. If your a fan of Harlan Coben, John Grisham you,ll really enjoy this book
Jun 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this more, but in the end it was just OK. I never guess the bad guy in thrillers, but in this book I guessed it all so early that I was disappointed when there was no other twist. I liked the minute by minute format, but it seemed that there was quite a lot of recap about what each character was doing which could have been left out.
Mar 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't put this one down. I really like fast paced books. I love how the chapters are a countdown...a race against time. There were many clues though and I figured out the main truth early on - that made me feel frustrated...wanting to yell at them to open their eyes. But I really enjoyed this one.
Mar 22, 2012 rated it liked it
My first "loan" from the Kindle Prime library - very cool idea!

The book was good - fast paced and presented an interesting moral dilemma based around the death penalty. THe plot had lots of twists. I figured out one of the 2 biggies half way thru.

A quick read - good "airplane book".
Oct 26, 2011 rated it liked it
I love the pace of this book. It's interesting the way that the book only covers a day. The twist and turns in the plot are great, and I love how much we get to see into the way the legal system in the US works with regards to death row.
Jul 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
this si the first of his books that I have tried and definately will read another

Near the last quarter I guessed what had occurred and I was mentally shouting at the characters towake up (in a good way)

Surprising ending as I was expecting another
Sep 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
Solid, intriguing plot and story, but poorly and sloppily (hastily) written. A few too many twists and turns, which is too bad because it has the potential to be a good story.
Nikki Ballard
Jun 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Great vacation read - kept me interested, but fairly predictable.
Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow, so much to say, yet I can't say enough, what a fantastic book, emotional and action packed, amazingly written and great characterisation.
N.L. Dufour
didnt see that one coming... i had several things figured out but wow that last little bit was a shocker!
Nov 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
although the book is predictable, it's one of the best thrillers I've read during the last year.
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