"Merciless" follows "Senseless" as the second in Mary Burton's thrilling two-part series. First you beg. Then you die...No Pity - Each skeleton is flawless - gleaming white and perfectly preserved, a testament to his skill. Every scrap of flesh has been removed to reveal the glistening bone beneath. And the collection is growing...No Compassion - When bleached human bones are identified as belonging to a former patient of Dr James Dixon, Detective Malcolm Kier suspects the worst. Dixon was recently acquitted of attempted murder, thanks to defense attorney Angie Carlson. But as the body count rises, Kier is convinced that Angie is now the target of a brutal, brilliant psychopath. No Escape - Angie is no stranger to the dark side of human nature. But nothing has prepared her for the decades-long legacy of madness and murder about to be revealed - or a killer ready to claim her as his ultimate trophy..."Merciless" follows on from Mary Burton's fantastic "Senseless". Will Malcom Kier be able to piece together the clues that Deacon Garrison previously uncovered? Praise for Mary Burton: "A twisted tale...I couldn't put it down!" (Lisa Jackson). "Stieg Larsson fans will find a lot to like in Burton's taut, well-paced novel". ("Publishers Weekly"). Mary Burton is the critically acclaimed author of "I'm Watching You", "Dead Ringer", "Dying Scream", "Merciless" and "Senseless" - all set in Virginia, USA, where Mary lives with her family.