A Merciful Truth (Mercy Kilpatrick)
by Kendra Elliot
Review by Mel Jacob
Montlake Trade Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781477848296
Date: 06 June 2017
Arson is a serious crime, especially when it's associated with or causes police deaths. FBI agent Mercy Kilpatrick is assigned the case of two local deputies killed during one arson event. Little does she suspect that she and her lover, Police Chief Truman Daly are in the gunsights of a murderer.
Years ago Mercy Kilpatrick left her tight knit family and moved to the coast. Later, she joined the FBI. When an opening occurred in Bend, Oregon, she returned to Eagle's Nest, a nearby community and home to her survivalist (preppers) family. However, her family has not forgiven her for leaving and is not happy about her employer. Many people in and around Bend want nothing to do with federal agencies of any ilk. It is an area popular with survivalists and guns abound.
When a series of fires happen, local authorities investigate. In the latest fire, two deputies are killed and the FBI is asked to help with investigation. Mercy begins questioning the owners of the various properties destroyed seeking clues. Some think it is young vandals. Mercy is not so sure. A sniper riffle was used to kill the deputies.
Meanwhile, a recent resident is interested in building his own militia. Eventually, evidence appears to implicate one or more of the man's workers in setting the fires. On a trip to the man's ranch, a truck forces Mercy off the road. Fortunately, she is not seriously hurt.
When a young man fails to keep a date with Mercy's niece, Mercy and Truman decide to investigate the ranch where he worked. They locate the young man and free him, but are caught.
Elliot keeps raising the stakes for Mercy and Truman both as regards the crimes and personally as they uncover more information. The ending reveals more family secrets and unexpected news. Elliot has written another series, Bone Secrets, as well some novellas.