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Nov. 11, 2004

Reardon Will Read From Literary Thriller On 'Live From Prairie Lights'

Chicago writer Lisa Reardon, the author of "Billy Dead" and "Blameless," will read from "The Mercy Killers," her second literary thriller, at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 22, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

The free reading will be broadcast on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series hosted by Julie Englander on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910. Listen on the Internet at

Margot Livesey wrote, "From the opening chapter of her splendid new novel, Lisa Reardon takes us into a world so complete, so undeniably itself that nothing seems more important than reading these pages and discovering what her vivid, ferocious characters will do next."

A review in the Washington Post observed, "After reading Lisa Reardon's 'The Mercy Killers' it is easier to understand why Vietnam War veterans' feelings and opinions about the war are still hot and raw and likely to remain so until every last one of that monumental folly's participants is dead. A spellbinding crime novel, 'The Mercy Killers' is also a brilliantly thoughtful saga about the weight and drag of both national and family history on individual behavior, and about a thrilling propensity by some men and women to exercise free will, no matter what."

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