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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."
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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.

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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.

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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: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,475,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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 for more.

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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18 of 18 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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on December 29, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
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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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Molly on February 14, 2011
Format: Paperback
When I heard about this medical thriller, I jumped at the chance to review. Being a former CNA and Med Tech and a current Pharmacy Technician, I love everything about the medical field. However, upon sitting down to read this novel, I wasn't as pleased as I thought I would have been. Oh, don't get me wrong, I was hooked on this novel by a truly talented new author, however, it wasn't what I was expected. It was a book that was a bit of drag for me-in other words, there were a few places that just went on and on and I didn't think that the next bit of "thrilling suspense" would ever happen.

That being said, if you love medical TV dramas and such, please get a copy of this book. Just because I find it a bit slow, doesn't mean that you or others will not find it that way. It will hook you until the final page, as you get so engrossed in the story that you just have to know what happens next. Dr. Jack Forester was a character that felt so real to me and came to life as I read this novel. He really was wonderfully created for the part he played in this story of thrills and suspense.

Be warned though. While this is a 3 star book in my opinion, if you have problems with the use of the F-bomb, then this is not the book for you, because there are lots of instances where Edwards does use that word. So, I encourage you to form your own opinion of this novel and grab a copy today. It is worth the read if you love this style of book and can over look the slower parts. Kudos to Frank Edwards for putting forth his talent in a debut novel!

*This review is based on a complimentary copy which was provided for an honest review*
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