Book Spotlight and Giveaway: Final Mercy

2 Feb

Final Mercy

About Frank Edwards

Frank J. Edwards was born in Rochester New York.  In 1968 he entered the US Army and served a tour in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot.  He received a BA with honors in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill then attended medical school at the University of Rochester, graduating with an MD in 1979.  In 1989 he received an MFA in writing from Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC.  After practicing for a decade in North Carolina, he returned to the Rochester, area in 1990 where he remains in active practice.

He has published a number of poems and short stories in literary magazines including Carolina Quarterly and The Virginia Quarterly Review, along with numerous medical articles.  In 1988, Henry Holt published his first non-fiction book, Medical Malpractice: Solving the Crisis. His second non-fiction book, The M & M Files: Morbidity and Mortality Rounds in Emergency Medicine was published by Hanley & Belfus in 2002 and has become a standard text in emergency medicine.

For the past thirteen years he has taught creative writing seminars to medical students at the U of R.   In 2004, the University of Rochester Press published his collection of poems and short stories,It’ll Ease the Pain.

Final Mercy is his first novel.   He is married to a former emergency nurse from Canada and lives with his family on Lake Ontario near Rochester.

You can visit his website at

About Final Mercy

Dr. Jack Forester, director of the New Canterbury University Hospital emergency department, is about to win an ongoing battle to modernize the ED when he’s stymied by the power-hungry dean, Bryson Witner.  Then someone tries to murder Jack’s mentor and the former dean, setting it up to look like suicide.

Bit by bit, Jack uncovers facts that suggest several other recent tragic accidents may not have been in the least accidental.  The deeper he digs, the closer danger creeps, and the phrase “life or death” begins to take on a new and very personal meaning.

Read the Excerpt!

He walked faster. Having skipped the media circus at the hospital, he’d caught up on his sleep, and his legs felt strong. Past the main quad and nearing the foot- bridge, he was alone yet had the odd sen- sation someone was trying to get his attention. He stopped and looked around. Nothing.

He continued. Nearer the footbridge, he felt it again. He didn’t stop this time but strode more quickly. He continued through the grove of trees along the iron fence bordering Mt. Seneca Cemetery. Then he was on the footbridge, cars siz- zling by on the wet pavement twenty-five feet below.

He was a third of the way across when he heard someone behind him.

The footsteps approached at a jogger’s pace, and the back of Gavin’s neck tin- gled. He stopped and turned. The man coming toward him wore a black sweat- shirt with the hood drawn tightly around his face.

A potent chill crept up Gavin’s back. He turned and hurried toward the hospital end of the narrow bridge, but it was still fifty feet away and the footfalls were closing.

Here’s what critics are saying about Final Mercy!

“FINAL MERCY is a medical thriller that I couldn’t put down. I stayed up late on two consecutive nights in enthralled reading. The novelist – who is a medical doctor — not only creates a tale of suspense and intrigue, but he also gives interesting details about hospitals and medical schools and emergency medicine.”

– H.H. Gregory, reader

Frank Edwards and Pump Up Your Book have graciously given me a copy of Final Mercy to give away!  Leave a comment (and your email address – it will not show up on post) on this post to get your chance to win!  Random number generator will choose the winner.  The winner will be announced on February 11th.  Good Luck!

Congratulations to April (at Cafe of Dreams) on winning the copy of Final Mercy!

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Final Mercy Virtual Book Tour Schedule

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Tuesday, February 1
Book spotlighted at Literarily Speaking

Wednesday, February 2
Book spotlighted at By the Book

Thursday, February 3
Interviewed at Book Marketing Buzz

Friday, February 4
Interviewed at Review From Here

Monday, February 7
Interviewed at Blogcritics

Tuesday, February 8
Interviewed at Pump Up Your Book

Wednesday, February 9
Guest blogging at Moonlight, Lace & Mayhem

Thursday, February 10
Interviewed at Examiner

Friday, February 11
Book reviewed at Lucky Rosie’s

Monday, February 14
Guest blogging at Simply Stacie

Tuesday, February 15
Book reviewed at Books and Thoughts and Adventures

Wednesday, February 16
Book reviewed at Book Reviews by Molly

Thursday, February 17
Interviewed at The Book Connection

Friday, February 18
Guest blogging at Murder by 4

Monday, February 21
Guest blogging at Pitching Pencils

Tuesday, February 22
Guest blogging at Two Ends of the Pen

Wednesday, February 23
Interviewed at Literarily Speaking

Thursday, February 24
Book reviewed at Black Diamonds Book Reviews

Friday, February 25
Guest blogging at Southern City Mysteries




10 Responses to “Book Spotlight and Giveaway: Final Mercy”

  1. Dorothy February 2, 2011 at 11:19 am #

    Thanks for hosting Frank today and good luck to everyone!

  2. ccgevry February 2, 2011 at 12:43 pm #

    This sounds like a fabulous book. Best of luck!


  3. Michelle V February 2, 2011 at 12:46 pm #

    Looks like a good one. Please enter me.

    Michelle V

  4. nicole rogers February 2, 2011 at 1:37 pm #

    This book looks awesome! Can’t wait to read it.

  5. Terri Forehand February 2, 2011 at 2:17 pm #

    This looks awesome, and as an ER/ Critical care nurse and freelance writer this will be a must read.


  6. Morgan Mandel February 2, 2011 at 5:56 pm #

    Sounds very suspenseful!

    Morgan Mandel

  7. diane February 3, 2011 at 10:21 am #

    I LOVE medical thrillers! Thanks for the great review!

  8. LuAnn Morgan February 3, 2011 at 12:33 pm #

    Great post about this book! I’d like the opportunity to win it.

  9. April February 3, 2011 at 10:19 pm #

    This looks and sounds simply amazing and engrossing! Please enter me!


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