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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Zumaya Enigma (September 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936144204
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936144204
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 8.9 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,728,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"FINAL MERCY is a superbly written medical thriller. The author, a medical doctor, has created a tale of suspense and intrigue . . . along with an inside look at emergency medicine. . . . Outstanding."
--Readers Favorites.

FINAL MERCY is a medical thriller that I couldn't put down.
--Hamilton Gregory (Author of Public Speaking for College and Career, McGraw-Hill)

A nimbly crafted suspense certain to earn Edwards an appreciative fan base.  KIRKUS REVIEWS.

From the Author

This is the original edition, no longer in print.  A second edition has been published by Pascal Editions and is available in quality paperback and Kindle versions.  It has a fresh new prologue, a slightly different ending and promises to be an even more gripping and satisfying read than before.  The second edition even has a nice new cover.

More About the Author

Frank Edwards writes and practices emergency medicine in Western, NY. He served as an Army helicopter pilot in Vietnam, studied English and Chemistry at UNC Chapel Hill, and earned an M.D. from the University of Rochester. Visit www.frankjedwards.com for more.

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The characters were well developed and realistic.
Ashley
Complicated plot, intriguing characters, excellent writing...a real page-turner.
Rità Schultz
Suspenseful with plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing.
micheal h mathieson

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 15, 2012
Format: Paperback
I have to tell you right off, Final Mercy, a medical thriller, is a little out of my normal reading genre. I knew that going in, but I was really interested in reading this novel when, after checking out Edwards' webpage, I saw that he is also a poet. Many of you know I write fiction, but personally I think of myself as a poet first, a reader second, and a novelist third and last, so you can see why getting a look inside this book intrigued me.

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 about two sentences for me to know I was going to like this book, the writing is that tight. Honestly, I'd almost forgotten that anyone still knew how to write like this. With natural, flowing dialogue, Edwards drops information in a steady stream of bait. And here is where I self-righteously attribute Edwards' skill at this to being a poet--being practiced at saying a lot in a very few words. Edwards keeps a very active voice, and his style shows the reader the intricacies of his story instead of tells them, which creates a much deeper connection with the characters and, in my opinion, a more fulfilling read.

Jack Forester is a compelling character, one you will definitely want to prevail.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Karen Johnson on December 9, 2010
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an excellent medical thriller - a real page-turner, with intelligence, wit, evocative settings and characters well worth getting to know. I will be looking for more from Dr. Edwards.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Walter Parker on June 11, 2013
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Great plot. It was hard to put down. One of the best I have read lately. I would definitely recommend it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on December 29, 2011
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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 an out of state reporter learn there may be more than just politics at work after a string of suspicious suicides of hospital staff occur. Will Jack discover the horrifying truth before he is added to the list of victims?

The strength of Frank Edwards - Final Mercy - is his intimate knowledge of the inner workings of hospital administration back room politics and medical expertise that shines in this novel. With just enough details to give credibility to the medical issues presented without being over the top technically, Edwards strikes just the right balance in his narrative. The pace is leisurely at the beginning of the book leading the reader to conclude this is perhaps just a story of hospital politics. About half way through, however things pick up speed nicely and the depth of Winter as a character is revealed. Edwards does an exceptionally good job showing how such a high intellect suffering from a bit of psychosis can be such a dangerous combination. Winter is the perfect manipulator playing chess with the lesser minds around him and Edwards conveys this prowess masterfully.

Overall, this reminded me of a nice mix of the television shows ER and Castle - good medical drama with murder mystery mixed in. This is a gem of a find and I urge readers to pick up a copy.

Note: A complimentary copy of this work was provided in return for a review.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Christen Behzadi , MD on March 15, 2013
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Just finished reading this fantastic book. Its packed with suspense and very well written.
As a physician myself perhaps I'm biased to the material but its eerily accurate for anyone
who wants to read a truly authentic medical thriller, look no further. Ready for the next book
from this talented author!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Black Diamond's Book Reviews on February 23, 2011
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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 was being moved, so I put my reading on hold. I got going on it again and when I got up to about 48 or so pages, it started to pick up for me and I really became interested in this book Once this book got going, it really went quick and I couldn't put it down!

I would recommend this book for people that like to read a good thriller. There was plenty of action and it is a page turner!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By H. H. Gregory on October 31, 2010
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FINAL MERCY is a medical thriller that I couldn't put down. I stayed up late on two consecutive nights in enthralled reading. The novelist - who is a medical doctor -- not only creates a tale of suspense and intrigue, but he also gives interesting details about hospitals and medical schools and emergency medicine.
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