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About R L Burgess
R. L. Burgess is an author of novels and short stories, with previous work published under a pseudonym. Justice without Mercy is the first book in the dystopian romance series, Factions of Virtue. Her education and experience in Creative Writing and Psychology has significantly influenced her approach to character development and storytelling. When she is not writing, she works as a clinical mental health counselor.
DISCLAIMER: This novella contains themes and imagery related to mental health, self-harm, and suicidal behavior.
A new terrorist threat has emerged in a society already troubled by constant conflict between two main factions at opposite ideological extremes. To stay in power and control the people, the current ruling party has outlawed emotional attachments and family units, and replaced natural conception with a selective genetic reproduction program. They sought to engineer the perfect society, but instead, they created a police state, where Enforcers keep order while the few profit from the oppression of the many. But even the elite are susceptible to disillusionment and temptation. As one of the Enforcers, Agent Mercy has a comfortable life until she meets Agent Justice, someone who challenges everything she has been taught about relationships. For Mercy and Justice to be together, they would have to break the laws they are sworn to uphold. Ultimately, she must make a choice between love and loyalty to the only way of life she has ever known.