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This Dark Road to Mercy: A Novel

This Dark Road to Mercy: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Wiley Cash
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“[Cash is] a new master of Southern gothic.” (Garden & Gun magazine)

“A time capsule and at times an edgy thriller, but at its fine emotional center it’s all about what it means to be a father.” (Jill McCorkle, author of Life After Life)

“The endangered little sisters Easter and Ruby will go straight to your heart, which will be thumping like crazy the entire time you’re reading this novel straight through as I did.” (Lee Smith, author of Guests on Earth)

This Dark Road to Mercy is a terrific, moving and propulsive novel: Harper Lee by way of Elmore Leonard.” (Jess Walter, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Ruins)

“Cash follows his evocative debut with another striking take on Southern literature. . . . In the rhythms and cadence of the South, Cash offers a tale about family and about the tenuous link among the right choices, living with consequences or seeking redemption.” (Kirkus Reviews)

This Dark Road to Mercy will stick in readers’ minds, especially Cash’s heroine, feisty, red-haired and freckled Easter, who joins Scout and Kaye Gibbons’ Ellen Foster in the pantheon of Southern kids in literature.” (Wilmington Star News)

“Darkly mesmerizing.” (O Magazine)

“Exciting and suspenseful as well as moving, with a captivating heroine, this is a tremendous book.” (The Guardian)

“The voice is Southern and oh so charming in This Dark Road to Mercy, a crime novel that’s also a road movie and a baseball tale and a wicked twist on Sixth-Grade Father-Daughter Night.” (New York Times Book Review)


The critically acclaimed author of the New York Times bestseller A Land More Kind Than Home—hailed as "a powerfully moving debut that reads as if Cormac McCarthy decided to rewrite Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird" (Richmond Times Dispatch)—returns with a resonant novel of love and atonement, blood and vengeance, set in western North Carolina, involving two young sisters, a wayward father, and an enemy determined to see him pay for his sins.

After their mother's unexpected death, twelve-year-old Easter and her six-year-old sister Ruby are adjusting to life in foster care when their errant father, Wade, suddenly appears. Since Wade signed away his legal rights, the only way he can get his daughters back is to steal them away in the night.

Brady Weller, the girls' court-appointed guardian, begins looking for Wade, and he quickly turns up unsettling information linking Wade to a recent armored car heist, one with a whopping $14.5 million missing. But Brady Weller isn't the only one hunting the desperate father. Robert Pruitt, a shady and mercurial man nursing a years-old vendetta, is also determined to find Wade and claim his due.

Narrated by a trio of alternating voices, This Dark Road to Mercy is a story about the indelible power of family and the primal desire to outrun a past that refuses to let go.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 693 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 245 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0062088254
  • Verlag: William Morrow (28. Januar 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00DB2YN9I
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Toll erzählt! 9. Februar 2014
Von Abby Normal TOP 500 REZENSENT
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Das Buch handelt von zwei Mädchen, die in ein Heim kommen. Sie stammen aus armen Verhältnissen. Als plötzlich ihr leiblicher Vater wieder auftaucht, den sie seit drei Jahren nicht mehr gesehen haben, beginnen sich die Ereignisse zu überschlagen.

Zu viel möchte ich nicht verraten, das würde der Spannung im Buch zu sehr schaden. Erzählt wird die Geschichte sehr clever abwechselnd von drei verschiedenen Personen, die unterschiedliche Absichten haben und in gewissem Sinne gegeneinander antreten. "In gewissem Sinne" deshalb, weil der Vater der Mädchen der Dreh- und Angelpunkt der Geschichte ist, er selbst aber nicht zu den Erzählern gehört.

Mit dem Erzählstil spielt Wiley Cash mit dem unterschiedlichen Wissen der Erzähler und erzeugt so knisternde Spannung im Leser. Ihm gelingt es dabei sehr gut, den Erzählstil an die Figuren anzupassen - besonders die Erzählstimme des älteren der beiden Mädchen.

Die Geschichte selbst wird immer rasanter und beinhaltet herzzereißende Szenen. Wiley Cash hat ein sehr gutes Gespür für genau die richrigen Details, die die Geschichte lebendig und glaubwürdig machen!

This Dark Road To Mercy ist einer jener Romane, bei denen man bis zur letzten Seite jede Zeile verschlingt. Das Ende ist eines der cleversten, die ich seit langem gelesen habe!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Southern Writer Rises Again 5. November 2013
Von Gayla M. Collins - Veröffentlicht auf
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Having read "A Land More Kind Than Home" by Wiley Cash I anxiously chose his brand new offering, "This Dark Road to Mercy." I made a stellar choice. That southern grit, colloquial dialogue, acute descriptions, and flowing, purposeful plot is right here again in "The Dark Road to Mercy.

Easter and Ruby, two young sisters in foster care are awaiting a home because their mother overdoses and their father, a wayfaring drifter whose scope is aimed at an easy dollar, left years before. One night he kidnaps the girls from their bedroom and Easter, 12, is a prominent narrator of the debacle she and Ruby find themselves in. Though the police give a half-assed look into the case, their ex-partner, Brady Weller, now turned guardian ad litem, grabs up the case in a fire's flaring hurry. He's aware that Wade stole something that belongs to a criminal. A ruthless, soulless hit man, Pruitt, is hired to find Wade and his kids; leave the first dead and return the latter. Such enthralling suspense occurs that your skin is actually crawling; your brain is embedded with the characters and the plot line. I read it in one day. I tried putting it down, but my mind was hooked till the last word.

Though a bit dark at times, this reads more gently than one would think.

Cash deserves all the favor that is befalling him. His southern writing cohorts must be proud to gather round in praise.

P.S. As a sideline this author, Cash, could be writing book is what caught me the first time and I admired this title too. :-)
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Short Novel That Tries To Be A Little Bit of Everything 16. Januar 2014
Von Susan K. Schoonover - Veröffentlicht auf
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Wiley's Cash's new novel THIS DARK ROAD TO MERCY has a couple of appealing motherless sisters, a really dark villain bent on revenge, a good hearted former cop recovering from his own tragedy and a bumbling father who wants a relationship with his daughters but usually seems to make the wrong choices. The novel is set in the late summer of 1998 when baseball players Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire were both attempting to set a new record for hitting home runs in a single season. Baseball is a reoccurring motif in the novel. Most of the action takes place in Gastonia, North Carolina though the characters do travel to other areas as the novel progresses. The book has three narrators.

The first narrator introduced is Easter a twelve year old girl living in a social services home with her younger sister Ruby at the story's start. The girls' father Wade a former minor league baseball player had relinquished his parental rights, their mother has died of a drug overdose and their maternal grandparents are far away in Alaska. One day Wade shows up wanting a relationship with his daughters and soon afterwards he persuades them to go on the run with him.

Pruitt another former baseball player who is working as a bouncer after recently being released from prison is the next narrator. Pruitt has an extreme hatred of Wade who accidentally injured him and ended his professional ball career. When Wade steals a large amount of money from an underworld figure the cruel and ruthless Pruitt is happy to be hired to track Wade down both for the paycheck and a chance to get revenge.

The third narrator is Brady Weller a former cop whose career ended prematurely after he was involved in a tragic accident. Brady is the guardian ad litem for Wade's two daughters and when they disappear from their social services placement he joins the hunt to find them and their father.

THIS DARK ROAD TO MERCY tries very hard to please its audience with poignancy as well as action and suspense. Because of this the book's style often seems both self-conscious and uneven. The villain Pruitt is very derivative of other crazed people trackers who have recently appeared in print and on film. For me the book is not original, convincing or well written enough to give it more than the three star OK rating though I am sure it will find its fans.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wiley Cash, a writer at the top of his form 6. November 2013
Von Evelyn A. Getchell - Veröffentlicht auf
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THIS DARK ROAD TO MERCY is a strikingly original and powerful novel that embraces suspense, emotional loss and the human need for love with sympathetic arms of mercy. What beautiful and compassionate insights grace this novel and yet how thrilling it is too, and even dangerous and frightening! Wiley Cash proves to be an author possessed of a generous wisdom and a humanitarian spirit of benevolence, forgiveness and kindness. Yet he is equally adept at portraying a vengeance and violence that can transform the heart into a cold, blackened ember.

This is the second novel of Wiley Cash but only the first one I have read and it is already clear to me that he is a writer at the top of his form.

This is masterful storytelling that crackles with a tactile tension that immediately pulled me into its narrative power and held me captive in its sure, dramatic clutches. The narrative voice alternates between three of the story's main characters, people who are brought so fully alive in only a few quick pages that I quickly felt familiar with each of them and especially endeared to the youngest ones.

The novel's main character and deeply affecting heroine is a baseball-loving twelve year old girl on the cusp of womanhood, Easter Quillby. Her supporting characters are three adult men which include Wade Chesterfield - the down on his luck, once promising baseball pitcher and errant father who has abandoned her and her six year old sister Ruby; Brady Weller - a former police detective who now serves as Easter and Ruby's legal guardian in the foster care program they are placed following the recent drug overdose death of their mother; and finally, representing the dark side, is Robert Pruitt - an ex-con, former ball player and now ruthless hitman with an ax to grind with Wade.

Cash's narrative method melts each narrative perspective into the next with such a nuanced fluidity that there are no abrupt transitions between them, ever. The reader perceives both the simplicity of a child's innocent perspective blended with that of the experienced adult and the result is remarkable... a Bildungsroman of sorts for both the child and the adult in terms of overcoming difficulties and mistakes and achieving emotional maturity and social acceptance.

THIS DARK ROAD TO MERCY is a short novel that can be read quickly, so I will not provide a plot summary here. What I will say is THIS DARK ROAD TO MERCY is a love story that is as much about the difficulties and compromises of love as about love's redemptive power.

I really love the title of this book, particularly the brilliantly chosen word of "mercy." The Latin root of the word means "price paid, wages" and that concept strikes me as very significant to the themes found in this intense and moving novel.

William Shakespeare wrote of mercy in THE MERCHANT OF VENICE:

The quality of mercy is not strain'd.
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest:
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.

and I think that's a sentiment that serves me well for finishing this review of one of my favorite, best new books I have read this year.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Heartfelt story 30. März 2014
Von Celestialsky29 - Veröffentlicht auf
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This is a heartfelt story about 2 children, living in terrible conditions with a drug addicted mother, who dies and leaves them homeless. They are put in an orphanage, together, in which they are given clothes, bedding, and food. The orphanage is a nice place, and they are cared for by the staff. One day, their father comes to try to claim them, but because he signed away his rights years ago, he isn't granted his wish. Desperation takes over, and he convinces them to leave with him, in the middle of the night. Neither girl trusts him, especially the oldest, Easter, who has been her younger sisters caretaker all of her life. Wade takes them on an adventure, and takes them places they never dreamed of going, like the ocean. But, all good things must come to an end, in a conclusion we can all see coming.

This book was easy to read, well written, and captivating. The characters were well developed. The chapters alternate between Easter's point of view, the social workers point of view, and the thug's (that is searching for Wade) point of view. This made the story much more interesting, as we get to know each of these characters well.

I liked the story, it was okay, I just didn't love it. It was an entertaining read, but it wasn't as great as the description made it out to be.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen a little short on character development 5. März 2014
Von Maitlon T. Russell - Veröffentlicht auf
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I adored Land More Kind than Home. one of the best ever! this was a bit shallow and felt like a screenplay. I had to fill in a lot myself.
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