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In the Name of Mercy

Delbanco, Nicholas

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ISBN 10: 0446673641 / ISBN 13: 9780446673648
Published by Grand Central Publishing
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Title: In the Name of Mercy

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing


Book Condition:Very Good

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From the acclaimed author of "Old Scores" comes this dark and chilling tale. After helplessly watching his wife die from cancer, Dr. Peter Julius ultimately assists in ending her life. Confident that he's found his calling--helping others who want to die--Dr. Julius accepts an offer to run a hospice for the critically ill. But after several unexplained deaths, many fear that his practice has moved beyond mercy into cold-blooded murder.

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There's an old cliche that warns: Be careful what you wish for, you might get it. In Delbanco's new novel, just about everyone gets what he or she wants, with predictably disastrous results. After helping his wife end a terrible and doomed battle with cancer, Dr. Peter Julius wants to set up a hospice where terminally ill people can slide peacefully into death. His millionaire patron enthusiastically supports Julius in this quest, but soon the death toll in the hospice and the hospital with which it is affiliated climbs precipitously, and the media and police want answers. Julius single-mindedly goes about his work, ignoring the body count, his mourning eased by his growing affection for thanatologist Rebecca Forsythe. Delbanco has crafted a chilling story of desire simultaneously fulfilled and thwarted. He constantly shifts his perspective, telling the tale from several characters' points of view. While sometimes disconcerting, this technique helps the reader understand, and even begin to accept, the motivations that drive the well-drawn and fascinating cast. George Needham

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