Emergency medicine physician in Northern California, John Burley
celebrates the launch of his debut novel, The Absence of Mercy
. Called "a smart, disturbing and heartbreaking thriller" by Kirkus Reviews, this spine-tingling story is set in a tight-knit Midwestern community, and centers around the towns medical examiner, Dr. Ben Stevenson. Following the brutal murder of a local teenager, Dr. Stevenson uncovers dark secrets that could potentially shatter his quiet community, and force him to confront a haunting truth.