Mercy Author:David Lindsey Carmen Palma is a homicide detective in Houston, Texas, a strong woman in a world that's still predominantly male. Two weeks after a wealthy Houston woman is found murdered in a hotel room in a strange and singular manner, Palma is faced with a second victim in an almost identical scenario. Palma instantly knows that these killings are the wor... more »k of a sexually motivated killer, and she knows too that the two deaths are only the beginning.
When a third woman is murdered, and Palma discovers that the victims are all part of an underground network of upper-middle-class Houston women living secret, double lives, Palma realizes that she's in way over her head. Special Agent Sander Grant, one of the FBI's most renowned analysts specializing in "criminal personality profiling" is flown in to help. As Palma and Grant gradually learn to work as a team, Palma senses that to solve the case she must immerse herself in two strange and frightening worlds: Houston's dark underground of bisexuality and sadomasochism, and the twisted mind of the killer. As she becomes increasingly familiar with these shadowy worlds, Palma is led toward a realization that is totally beyond the imagining of her fellow officers or even Sander Grant, a realization that ultimately shocks her as much as it will shock you.« less