In Search of Mercy

A Mystery

Michael Ayoob

Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books

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Winner of the Shamus Award for Best First Novel

Dexter Bolzjak is an ex–hockey goalie who was abducted and tortured by perverted sports fans eight years ago. Now he’s muddling along in a Pittsburgh warehouse when he meets an old, terminally ill drunk named Lou Kashon. Lou wants to see his lost love, the actress Mercy Carnahan, and offers Dexter a fortune to find her. Dexter embarks on the search, retracing Mercy’s past online and on foot. Soon, Mercy begins to haunt Dexter, appearing in his dreams while flashbacks to his own traumatic experience plague his waking hours. Dexter persists and follows Mercy’s trail to New York, where he finds a voyeuristic film of the actress recorded shortly before her disappearance. Once Dexter connects that film to its source, he finds himself trapped in the ultimate nightmare.

Michael Ayoob’s first novel offers a captivating new PI and a provocative mystery.

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I played for some bad crowds, but man, that last one . . . A couple hundred drunks banging on the glass, chins flapping with beer fat. Glazed eyes beaming hatred at me and Time itself. I was just a Falcon goalie blanking their Blizzard kids, but their beef with Time ran deeper. Time yanked them out of high school and dumped their bloated asses on those bleachers. It left them impotent, screaming at their kids to hit somebody. Hurt somebody, cripple somebody if you have to, as long as you win.
“Goalllll-chick, Goalllll-chick,” they chanted dirgelike during every lull because

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Michael Ayoob

Michael Ayoob is a winner of the Shamus Award for Best First Novel and the Minotaur Books/PWA Best First Private Eye Novel competition. He earned a B.A. from Carnegie Mellon University and an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University. Michael lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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In Search of Mercy
A Mystery
Michael Ayoob

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
October 2010
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ISBN: 9781429947282
ISBN10: 1429947284
304 pages
$7.99

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
October 2010
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ISBN: 9780312644925
ISBN10: 0312644922
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 304 pages
$24.99
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