The author opens with FBI agent Atlee Pine interviewing a suspect deeply involved in a tragic who-dun-it from her past. On the heels of that conversation, she is then directed to investigate the stabbing of a mule at the bottom of the Grand Canyon but there is more to it than the upper eschelon let on. This story is very up-to-date from the events and plot twists to online tracking with a little humor thrown in when Agent Pine’s cell phone provider is out of range in the bottom of the Grand Canyon just when she needs it the most. Working together with some other unexpected branches of law enforcement, Atlee and her cohort save the day…and the Grand Canyon.

The readers, Brittany Pressley and Kyf Brewer, well inhabit the characters as they voice this book. Their delivery is well paced to reflect the urgency of the action or tone it down to fit the mood. Their delivery is crisp and clear which adds to the telling.

“Long Road to Mercy” is the first book in a new series for this author and I can hardly wait for the subsequent crimes Atlee Pine investigates. The action is swift and rugged. The author gives us, the listener, a glimpse into Atlee’s thought process as she peels back the layers in this crime thriller.

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