Synopses & Reviews
The critically acclaimed author of the New York Times
bestseller A Land More Kind Than Home
—hailed as "a powerfully moving debut that reads as if Cormac McCarthy decided to rewrite Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird
" (Richmond Times Dispatch
)—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.
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.
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.
Narrated by a trio of alternating voices, This Dark Road to Mercy is a story about the indelible power of family and the primal desire to outrun a past that refuses to let go.
“A time capsule and at times an edgy thriller, but at its fine emotional center its all about what it means to be a father.” < b=""> Jill McCorkle <> , author of < i=""> Life After Life <>
“The endangered little sisters Easter and Ruby will go straight to your heart, which will be thumping like crazy the entire time youre reading this novel straight through as I did.” < b=""> Lee Smith <> , author of < i=""> Guests on Earth <>
“This Dark Road to Mercy is a terrific, moving and propulsive novel: Harper Lee by way of Elmore Leonard.” < b=""> Jess Walter <> , #1 < i=""> New York Times <> bestselling author of < i=""> Beautiful Ruins <>
“Cash follows his evocative debut with another striking take on Southern literature. . . . In the rhythms and cadence of the South, Cash offers a tale about family and about the tenuous link among the right choices, living with consequences or seeking redemption.” Kirkus Reviews
“Darkly mesmerizing.” < i=""> O Magazine <>
“This Dark Road to Mercy will stick in readers minds, especially Cashs heroine, feisty, red-haired and freckled Easter, who joins Scout and Kaye Gibbons Ellen Foster in the pantheon of Southern kids in literature.” < i=""> Wilmington Star News <>
“Exciting and suspenseful as well as moving, with a captivating heroine, this is a tremendous book.” < i=""> The Guardian <>
“The voice is Southern and oh so charming in This Dark Road to Mercy, a crime novel thats also a road movie and a baseball tale and a wicked twist on Sixth-Grade Father-Daughter Night.” < i=""> New York Times Book Review <>
“[Cash is] a new master of Southern gothic.” < i=""> Garden & Gun <> magazine
After their mother unexpectedly dies, twelve-year-old Easter Quillby and her six-year-old sister, Ruby, aren't expecting to see their errant father, Wade, ever again. But the ex-minor league baseball player who's been gone for years has suddenly appeared at their foster home to steal them away in the middle of the night.
Brady Weller, the girls' court-appointed guardian, begins looking for them, and quickly turns up unsettling information linking their father to a multimillion-dollar robbery. But Brady isn't the only hunter on the trail. Robert Pruitt, a mercurial man nursing a years-old vendetta, is determined to find Wade and claim his due.
Narrated in alternating voices that are at once captivating and heartbreaking, This Dark Road to Mercy is a soulful story about the emotional pull of family and the primal desire to outrun a past that refuses to let go.
About the Author
Wiley Cash is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of A Land More Kind Than Home. A native of North Carolina, he has held residency positions at Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony and teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Southern New Hampshire University. He and his wife live in Wilmington, North Carolina.