Regular price: £27.69

Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free
  • 1 credit/month after trial – choose any book, any price
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel
  • Free, unlimited access to Audio Shows
  • After your trial, Audible is just £7.99/month
OR
In Basket

Summary

In the most suspenseful installment of the New York Times best-selling Body Farm series to date, forensic anthropologist Dr. Bill Brockton investigates a bizarre murder - and confronts a deadly enemy he thought he'd put behind bars for good.

Forensic anthropologist Bill Brockton has spent 25 years solving brutal murders - but none so horrific and merciless as his latest case: A ravaged set of skeletal remains is found scattered in the woods of nearby Cook County. They are all that is left of a victim who had been chained, hand and foot, to a tree on a remote mountainside. The bones tell Brockton and his longtime graduate assistant, Miranda, that the victim was a young male under the age of thirty. As they dig deeper to establish his identity, they uncover warning signs that long-simmering hatred is about to explode into violence, engulfing the region in chaos.

But the shocking case is only the beginning of Brockton's trials. In the middle of the troubling investigation, the unthinkable happens. The most frightening and deadliest criminal Brockton has ever foiled - the sadistic serial killer Nick Satterfield - escapes from prison, bent on wreaking vengeance. And he's had nearly 20 years to plan.

Simply killing Brockton isn't enough. Satterfield wants to make his nemesis suffer first, by destroying everything Brockton holds dear: his son, his daughter-in-law, and his grandsons and even Miranda, who's now on the verge of completing her PhD and launching a forensic career of her own.

Barraged by dangers striking from all directions, haunted by the ghosts of old cases, and desperate to save those he loves, Brockton finds himself slipping closer to the abyss. Pushed to the edge, he is forced to question the two pillars that have guided his life and his entire career - the justice system and the quality of mercy. Can the two truly coexist?

If he cannot reconcile these principles, which will Brockton choose in his ultimate moment of truth?

A harrowing, thoughtful, and provocative tale that explores what happens when one honorable, rational man is tested beyond all measure, Without Mercy is a powerful exploration that raises uneasy questions about justice and revenge, compassion and principle, the desire to kill and the will to survive.

©2016 Jefferson Bass, LLC (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

What members say

Average customer ratings

Overall

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    3
  • 4 Stars
    1
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Performance

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    2
  • 4 Stars
    2
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Story

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    2
  • 4 Stars
    1
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0
No Reviews are Available
Sort by:
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
  • FJI
  • 15-03-17

Too much idealism not enough story line

Jefferson Bass needs to stay with fiction and not use this as a sounding board for his personal ideals

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
  • George Rangel
  • 26-11-16

Missed the target.

What disappointed you about Without Mercy?

I have read all the Body Farm novels, and this one seems to be way out of character with the rest of the series. The premise of the book is good, but I felt that the authors' personal political beliefs were on display way too much.

What was most disappointing about Jefferson Bass’s story?

The characters seemed to have been "dumbed" down in this book. Also, the Trump bashing and the overly-politicized feel of the book were disappointing.

Which character – as performed by Tom Stechschulte – was your favorite?

Mr. Stechschulte performed the book well. I have no favorite character.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Without Mercy?

Most of the Trump bashing. You could have the rest of the book mostly intact.

Any additional comments?

If this is the end of the series, it went out with a whimper, unfortunately.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Erika
  • 03-07-18

LOVED IT!!

Jefferson Bass didn't disappoint! I hope there's another Body Farm book coming out really soon!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • janet3207
  • 24-04-18

i rarely cry when listening to books

This is the most recently written, and only my second, Body Farm book. i was surprised and moved to hear references to our country's most recent elections, and the surge of hate rhetoric and crime. But it was the death of Wayland and the Dr's emotion filled accounting of the mo.ents leading up to his last dying declaration of his love for his girl that opened the flood gates. The performance is astoundingly real..

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Michael
  • 06-03-18

Tired Series

What would have made Without Mercy better?

Cancelling the series before this book was published

What do you think your next listen will be?

Mark Gimenez

What didn’t you like about Tom Stechschulte’s performance?

Sounded geared too much towards old folks

Any additional comments?

I wrote to the authors to tell them nobody is interested in their political opinions. I bought the book to read a murder mystery, not their opinions about the state of politics in the US

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Joe
  • 30-09-17

Did you really have to...

Waylon? Really? You had to do that? I’m so annoyed with the author(s) about Waylon. Totally unnecessary.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • K. E. Eisenhart
  • 28-03-17

Tough and Tender

I love novels about areas of forensic science. As this novel and all of the Bill Brockton novels are written by an actual forensic anthropologist the knowledge gained is true. Well written, great characters and captive story. Keep writing guys.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Betty A. Honkonen
  • 23-12-16

Excellent Book

Another excellent body farm novel. Cannot wait for the next one. Jefferson Bass is my favorite author and every book is better than the last.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • David Yetter
  • 27-11-16

As good as the rest!

Loved this one! Hope there will be more! Pacing and storyline were awesome. One of my favorite series.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Stacey Pelletier
  • 10-11-16

Good read

What did you like best about Without Mercy? What did you like least?

I always look forward to the body farm novels! Always an exciting and detailed storyline.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I was disappointed at the amount of political issues that the authors included in this book. It really took away from the exciting storylines and forensics that I love about the body farm novels. While it is commendable to write a story about social justice, I personally think that this would have been better left to another genre.

What does Tom Stechschulte bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I love his familiar, kind voice that is full of character.

Did Without Mercy inspire you to do anything?

no.