Town Without Mercy by Joanne Simon Tailele

Is it nature or nurture that drives Adele Baxter Warren’s teenage daughter, Mercedes, to become a mass murderer? Town Without Mercy, a complete novella,is contemporary women’s fiction dealing with current event drama of mass shootings and gay marriage. Told through the eyes of the mother, a TV news correspondent, Adele must find the answer, even as it takes her away from Mercedes’ deathbed where she lays in a coma from the police bullet that stopped the carnage. If Adele follows the leads, the cost could be her seventeen-year-old marriage to same-sex partner, Jodi Warren. The townspeople of Concord Park wants revenge. They blame Adele and Jodi’s lifestyle as the cause of their daughter’s actions, but are they innocent of all blame?

From the Author: This book is dedicated to the twenty children and six adults that were victims of the December 14, 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

The inspiration for this book began on that fateful day. Although the story differs greatly, the premise of what prompts a person to kill innocent people, remain the same. Is it nature or nurture?

About the Author: Joanne Simon Tailele wrote her first short story at the age of ten, in blue colored pencil. Then life got in the way and she did not pursue her dream of publication until her family was grown. Ms. Tailele likes to write controversial issues, stories that will make you think, “What would I do in that situation?”

Genre:  Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender, Literature & Fiction, Lesbian Fiction

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