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Frank and Phinus have been happily married for fourteen years when a senseless act loses them their only child, their teenage son Jem. From then on they are immersed in a nightmare from which there seems to be no escape. Phinus loses her ability to sleep, and the formerly gentle Frank tries to combat his grief and guilt with obsessive vengefulness which escalates out of control.

A weekend visit to a country house hotel is supposed to bring the couple back together, but it erups into a series of escalating bizarre, hilarious confrontations which only emphasizes their estrangement. Dorrestein's novels are always based on a topical social issue familiar from newspaper headlines, which make them provocative and contemporary:

 In Without Mercy, it is a teenage shooting with echoes of American high school massacres like that at Columbine High in Denver two years ago. This heartbreaking, yet strangely funny, thought-provoking and compelling novel about guilt and grief is by a mistress of suspense who shows us all that hell is not other people as is generally supposed: that there is nothing as terrible as what a person can do to himself.

 
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Hardback Editions

July 2003 : USA Hardback
Title: Without Mercy
Author(s): Renate Dorrestein
ISBN: 0-670-03188-7 / 978-0-670-03188-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking Adult
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January 2002 : USA Hardback
Title: Without Mercy
Author(s): RENATE DORRESTEIN
ISBN: 0-385-60353-3 / 978-0-385-60353-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday
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January 2002 : USA Hardback
Title: Without Mercy
Author(s): Renate Dorrestein
ISBN: 0-385-60593-5 / 978-0-385-60593-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ted Smart
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Paperback Editions

June 2004 : UK Paperback
Title: Without Mercy
Author(s): Renate Dorrestein
ISBN: 0-14-200455-3 / 978-0-14-200455-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books
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March 2003 : UK Paperback
Title: Without Mercy
Author(s): Renate Dorrestein
ISBN: 0-552-99989-X / 978-0-552-99989-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Black Swan
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