Set against the sweeping backdrop of World War II, Rain Falls Like Mercy is the gripping story of a family and a country touched by the epic violence of war, the random violence of crime, and the intimate violence of the heart.
IN THE TRADITION OFtrue crime narratives such as In Cold Blood, acclaimed author Jack Todd's new novel grips the reader from the first page; and as it spans continents and generations of one family, its taut and shocking undercurrent of fury builds to a stunning crescendo.
Rain Falls Like Mercyopens with the investigation of a young girl's murder in Wyoming in mid-1941. Tom Call, the young sheriff in charge of the case, 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. Tom joins the U.S. Air Force and is deployed to England to fly bombers, while 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 an epic 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. He lives in Montreal. Visit JackToddTheAuthor.com.
Praise for Rain Falls Like Mercy…
"Powerful . . . Todd’s vivid language is perfectly suited to the epic sweep of his narrative." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A sweeping story . . . Lean yet visceral prose . . . Todd masterfully captures both the larger historical moment and the more intimate details of family life.” –Booklist (starred review)
"Todd’s writing is exceptional and vivid. . . . A brilliant, compelling . . . and highly readable novel." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)