Mercy Creek
 
    On his first day out of school, 16 year-old Isaac doesn't feel that events of June in a town on Virginia's Eastern Shore could threaten his life or even change it. But there are signs. His girlfriend just gave him a geranium for his birthday. His mom, who died the year before, is fading into catch phrases. His dad is romancing a woman Isaac likes but doesn't want to. And a clutch of righteous vigilantes offers a $5,000 reward for conviction of the felon or felons vandalizing town homes.

    Isaac's summer job is to sweep and straighten the ware-
house of the town's hardware store. It's the place where 
the vigilantes congregate. It's also where unexplained 
puzzles swirl like dust motes around coworker Crazy Eddie, an acerbic 82-year-old.

    By the middle of a sultry July, Isaac has discovered that small towns in which everybody knows everybody else's business often hide the most vicious secrets. By solving mysteries of a twisted communal past, laying bare the stains of a history that includes the Klan, Isaac has resolved where he belongs in the world, opening the future. Included in that future is a new girlfriend who would never give him a potted plant.

    In this quietly suspenseful story with splashes of manic humor, the eccentrics, the recluses, the bigots and the bores join the human parade. The beat of march for that parade, however, is the heart-stirring strains of forgiveness. 

Awards:

--Winner, South Carolina Arts Commission First Novel Prize 
---Honorable Mention, 2012 Library of Virginia Literary Awards
---Bronze Medal, 2012 Independent Publisher "IPPY" Best Regional Fiction in the South-East.

HERE ARE the reviews:

                Publishers Weekly (May) writes that Mercy Creek is “an ENTICING full-blown whodunit that succeeds without the usual big twist ending” and “is a FIRST-RATE effort displaying SKILL, SENSITIVITY, and GRACE.