Shadows of Mercy

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Trafford Publishing, 2002 - Fiction - 250 pages
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This book was written in Hinckley and Parma, Ohio between July 2000 and April 2001. The year before John Stover wrote it, a friend of his had a heart attack and two days later, a triple bypass surgery. Seeing someone he cares about go through that experience influenced the author in ways related to the book. It put things in perspective.
Along with trying to write a mystery/suspense story, some of the elements Stover tried to deal with are love, loss, true friendship and the issues of prejudice and tolerance.

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About the author (2002)

About the Author... John Stover was born in Brockton, Mass on June 1, 1951, the fourth child of seven. It was in Brockton, Mass, that Mr. Stover spent his youth at his father's hotel, The West Elm Hotel, where he observed men from the Brockton VA Hospital. Much of Mr. Stover's writing is culled from these dysfunctional men. As a child, Mr. Stover observed several unexpected, sudden and violent deaths. The author attended Boston University and the University of California at Los Angeles, where he majored in English literature and writing. In 1974, Mr. Stover spent a year hitch-hiking around the south, working at various odd jobs, as well as hopping freight cars, guessing astrological signs for money and working for the local moonshiners and drug dealers. In six months Mr. Stover logged over 20,000 miles on his thumb, sleeping under bridges, accepting the hospitality of strangers and living by his wits. Today, this living situation would be described as homeless. In 1973, it was merely living "On the Road." In 1975 Mr. Stover moved to Nantucket Island where he worked for the Nantucket Historical Association. He lectured the public on early American whaling, becoming an expert on scrimshaw and Herman Melville. Later he worked at Nantucket Cottage Hospital, where he continued his medical training while driving an ambulance and attending to the critically ill and elderly. In 1976, Mr. Stover moved to California where he worked as a personal assistant to Edwin W. Pauley, Chairman of the Board of Regents, for the Universities of California and Treasurer of the Democratic Party. He also worked at several of the local area hospitals, UCLA Medical Center and St. John's Hospital, among others. Mr. Stover stayed four years with Edwin W. Pauley, spending summers with the Pauleys on their private Island in Hawaii. Some of the guests who spent time on Coconut Island were Jerry Brown, Jackie Kennedy Onassis and Meredith Willson. In 1984, Mr. Stover entered the world of fashion, working for several international clothing companies, winning several awards and achieving considerable success and acclaim. After a personal crisis in 1998, Mr. Stover sold everything he owned to concentrate on his first love, writing. His personal Odyssey, "The Road Runner" is his first book. It was written in six weeks.

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