A Bad Day for Mercy

A Crime Novel

Stella Hardesty Crime Novels (Volume 4)

Sophie Littlefield

Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books

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A call from Stella Hardesty’s little sister brings the news that Stella’s step-nephew, Chip, has been threatened with serious bodily harm if he doesn’t settle his unpaid gambling debts. Stella makes the drive to Chip’s home in Wisconsin, only to walk in on a wee-hours dismemberment. Chip and his Russian girlfriend, Natalya, insist the man was left, already dead, on their porch. Suspicious but compelled to help family, Stella tracks down other suspects, including the deceased’s business partner, a purveyor of black-market Botox, and a jilted violist. Matters are complicated by the unexpected arrival of BJ Broderson, who has picked the worst possible time to pursue his amorous intentions toward Stella. Meanwhile, thoughts of Sheriff “Goat” Jones make Stella blush and wonder where, and with whom, she will spend her fifty-first birthday.

 

A Bad Day for Mercy is a terrific addition to this incredibly original and entertaining series. For those who haven’t yet discovered the wonder of Sophie Littlefield, it’s high time to join the fun!

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Chapter One
 
 
Jogging home from the Freshway at sunset on a sultry evening in late May had been a fine idea. Trying to carry home a box of frozen taquitos, a carton of pistachio ice cream, a family-sized bag of Fritos Scoops, a tub of French onion dip, two cans of vegetable soup, a three-pack of Dove Beauty Bars, and a bottle of Johnnie Walker Black in her backpack had not been a very good idea—even if the pack was a BlackHawk Raptor model, cleared for special ops use. The heavy load bounced and jostled against Stella Hardesty’s spine as each step brought her closer

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"In Anthony Award–winner Littlefield’s solid fourth crime novel featuring Stella Hardesty..., Littlefield makes sure her feisty heroine has plenty to do."--Publishers Weekly

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Sophie Littlefield

Sophie Littlefield grew up in rural Missouri. She is the winner of an Anthony Award and an RT Book Award for Best First Mystery. She is also an Edgar Award and Goodreads Choice finalist. The second book in the series, A Bad Day for Pretty, was named a New York Times Notable Book. Sophie lives near San Francisco, California.

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A Bad Day for Mercy
A Crime Novel
Sophie Littlefield

Hardcover

Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
June 2012
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312648381
ISBN10: 0312648383
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 272 pages
$24.99

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
June 2012
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781250014955
ISBN10: 1250014956
304 pages
$7.99
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