My Review of Joanna Schaffhausen’s New Crime Novel, “No Mercy”

No Mercy is Joanna Schaffhausen’s second compelling novel in a series featuring FBI profiler Reed Markham and Woodbury, MA, police officer Ellery Hathaway, whom Reed once rescued from a serial killer.

The story is told in vivid, precise prose, the characters are well drawn, and the suspenseful plot is resolved in ways that readers are unlikely to see coming. But the most appealing part is the complicated, evolving relationship between Ellery, a damaged woman who shuns romantic entanglements, and Reed, a recently divorced man who is both protective of the girl he once saved and increasingly drawn to the fearlessness and beauty of the woman she has become.

Schaffhausen, a science journalist with a doctorate in psychology, explores this thread

Joanna Schaffhausen

with such insight and sensitivity that readers will be eager to learn what happens between them in the next installment.

You can read the full text of my review for the New York Journal of Books by clicking here.

You can learn more about her on her website here.

And you can order the book here.


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Crime Novelist
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