- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Touchstone (November 8, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1416598510
- ISBN-13: 978-1416598510
Rain Falls Like Mercy opens with the murder investigation of a young girl in Wyoming in mid- 1941. Tom Call, the young sheriff running the investigation, falls in love with Juanita, the wife of Eli Paint, whose son Leo and grandson Bobby Watson are on duty with the U.S. Navy. Almost overnight, the case is derailed by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, disrupting the lives of all involved. Bobby mans an antiaircraft gun during the attack. Tom joins the U.S. Air Force and is deployed to England to fly bombers, still trying to pursue his murder investigation. His suspicion falls on Pardo Bury, the psychotic son of a wealthy rancher in Wyoming.
As Pardo and Tom make their ways to their inevitable and shattering confrontation, Rain Falls Like Mercy displays Todd’s uncanny ability to zero in on his characters’ emotional lives while simultaneously painting a sweeping picture of the historical events that shape their destinies.
About the Author
Jack Todd is the author of the novels Sun Going Down and Come Again No More and the memoir Desertion, which won the Quebec Writer’s Federation First Book Prize and the Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction. Visit his website at www.jacktoddtheauthor.com.
I wish that I had read Sun Going Down and Come Again No More because Jack Todd is an amazing writer. You do not need to have read his first two novels to be able to enjoy Rain Falls Like Mercy. What an amazing title and what an incredible read.
Rain Falls Like Mercy is partly a history novel as it is set during World War II. It is also a story of love and a murder investigation as well. Jack Todd's writing style makes Wyoming come alive for the reader. The story can be violent at times so be warned.
I do recommend this great book. Jack Todd brings the West as well as World War II to life.