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<p>The critically acclaimed author of the <em>New York Times</em> bestseller <em>A Land More Kind Than Home</em>—hailed as "a powerfully moving debut that reads as if Cormac McCarthy decided to rewrite Harper Lee's <em>To Kill a Mockingbird</em>" (<em>Richmond Times Dispatch</em>)—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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>Narrated by a trio of alternating voices, <em>This Dark Road to Mercy</em> is a story about the indelible power of family and the primal desire to outrun a past that refuses to let go.</p>
<p><strong>An Amazon Best Book of the Month, February 2014:</strong> <em>This Dark Road to Mercy</em> is equal parts family drama, Southern Gothic thriller, and road trip novel. Actually, it's more of a chase. After the sudden death of their mother, young sisters Easter and Ruby are sent to a foster home. Their long-absent father Wade appears and takes them in the middle of the night. As Wade and his girls travel west, to a destination unknown even to Wade, the three are being tracked down by their legal guardian, an ex-cop named Brady, and an ex-con named Pruitt, who has sinister intentions for Wade. Like Cash's terrific debut <em>A Land More Kind Than Home</em>, <em>Mercy</em> wrestles with themes of redemption. The perspectives alternate between Easter, Brady, and Pruitt, each with a unique view of Wade, whose own secrets slowly unravel throughout the course of Cash's dark and delicate novel. When all three characters converge--at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, no less--we discover Wade at his most honest self: a father who turns out to be too little, too late. <em>--Kevin Nguyen</em></p>