Danger. Obsession. MurderThe true value of a human life is tested to the limit in this sharp, topical page-turner of a thriller...
When soldier Paul Curtis, recently returned from active duty, is approached covertly by an old school friend's father and asked for assistance he falters only momentarily before agreeing to help. His old friend, Chris, is dating Lara, a beautiful British Asian woman whose brother, Pasha Durrani, is furious about their relationship.
As Paul steps into the breach it soon becomes clear that this is no low-level domestic disagreement. Durrani is heavily involved in organised crime, the roots of which lead back to a powerful terrorist network in Pakistan - and Lara has been offered to these people as a prize. Suddenly, Paul, Chris and Lara find themselves taking on a force more deadly and widespread than they could ever have imagined.
By turns gripping and terrifying, THE OPPOSITE OF MERCY is a sharp, insightful and compulsive thriller.
Intense, gripping, scary. Exactly what a thriller is supposed to be - Val McDermid
A first-rate thriller with a terrific climax - Sunday Telegraph
Compelling - GUARDIAN
Connor's plot is enthralling, his characters sharp and vital - Financial Times
Excellent stuff - Irish Independent
Stands head and shoulders above so many contemporary British thrillers. Topical, brave, expertly plotted...Excellent.
John Connor left his job as a barrister to write full time. During the fifteen years of his legal career he prosecuted numerous homicide cases in West Yorkshire and London. He advised the police in numerous proactive drugs and organised crime operations, many involving covert activity. He now lives in Brussels with his wife and two children.