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The Mercury Man Paperback – December 2, 2012
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About the Author
Geoffrey A. Feller was born in the Bible Belt but grew up in a Massachusetts college town. He has lived in the Northeast, Midwest, Southwest, and Central Europe. The author of eight novels in addition to the Natalie Dvorak Mystery series, Feller currently makes his home in Minnesota.
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Constable Dan Moritz is a small town police-force-of-one who discovers the dead informant. He is also Detective Dvorak's married lover.
Together, they work to uncover the evidence the informant claimed to have on the convicted man, but the evidence only serves to condemn the man further. So why would the informant risk his own life?
I enjoyed the story. This is a novelette, and part of a series. The end of the book draws you nicely into the next book, having solved the case, but not the complex relationship between Natalie and Dan. I have to say that the married lover angle was slightly off-putting from the standpoint that Dan's wife is lovely and sweet. Natalie takes the credit for being the seducer, but if Dan is such a nice guy (as portrayed), seems as if he'd be able to say no. It seemed an unnecessary plot device which might have worked better without the affair and still ended the same way. Moving on . . . the police aspect of the murder and the connected crimes plays out well. The human element and reactions are well played. Natalie's lack of good judgment makes her more human. The resolution to the chase at the end might seem like a cop-out to some, but for me, it felt like "this is as far as I go" for the killer and made sense.
He spins a thrilling mystery. Loved the characters. Lots of players and lots of twist and turns. I was pleased to find a strong female in a male dominated field pulled off so well. Well written.Interesting, well developed characters. A plot that was not predictable,but flowed smoothly towards the climax. . I would recommend it for anyone who loves a great murder mystery.
I enjoyed The Mercury Man even though it is not quite my
usual style. I thought it was starting slightly slowly, but, before I
knew it, I was caught up in the story and wanted to see what would
happen next. It was slightly short of "couldn't put it down" but it
still kept me up later than I had planned.
This book felt like a cross between an English "cozy" and a gentle Ed
McBain with a single thread. I think what first caught my eye was
that it featured a detective in Vermont and that reminded me of the
Archer Mayor series about Joe Gunther that I enjoyed so much, with the
added bonus that the hero is a heroine.
It really did have more than one thread, though. The main mystery was
the murder of a woman, apparently by her husband who was convicted and
is now in prison. But, was he innocent? A promise of new evidence
arises. Did our heroine help convict the wrong man? Another thread,
which I thoroughly enjoyed, was her love life, along with its moral
questions. What would you do for love?
So, would I want to read more in the series? Yes, definitely. I
liked it and hope for many four to five star sequels.
cop, Natalie Dvorak, in 1980's Vermont. Feller is a great
story-teller and I delighted in his occasional charming turn of
phrase. He peoples his book with a cast of engaging characters as they
struggle in their personal and professional lives to solve a murder
before a white-out blizzard shuts down the region. I'm happy to report
that this is the first of a series. I'll be reading more!