LISTEN LIVE: All Things Considered

Mercy: A conversation with Bill Littlefield on his new crime novel

Time & Date

Thursday, July 28, 2022, 7:00 pm

Both in-person and virtual tickets are available for this event. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Please note: there is a Red Sox game this evening, so we encourage you to plan to arrive at CitySpace early for the event.

Event Location

WBUR CitySpace890 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, MA 02215Open in Google Maps

Ticket Price



Bill Littlefield, longtime host of Only A Game, returns to WBUR — but not to talk about sports! His new book "Mercy" follows a career criminal and a cast of characters who interact in surprising ways. Bill will be interviewed by All Things Considered host Lisa Mullins, who just so happened to interview him when his first novel came out 35 years ago.

Copies of "Mercy" will be available from our bookstore partner Brookline Booksmith. Littlefield will sign copes following the conversation.

CitySpace Tickets
Premiere: $25.00 (includes reserved seating)
General: $15.00
Student: $5.00

Virtual Tickets

Ways To Save
WBUR Sustainers and Members save $5.00 on premiere and general tickets to this event online or at the door with your Membership card.

To apply the discount to your ticket purchase online, you’ll need to enter a promo code. The code is sent to you in your monthly events newsletter. You can also get your code by emailing

Registrants may be contacted by CitySpace about this or future events.

About "Mercy"
In a neighborhood nondescript except for how often small houses are being torn down to make way for big houses, a beautiful woman too young to be widowed waits for her husband to come home from prison. Arthur Baladino is getting out courtesy of a compassionate leave program, the theory being that he's too feeble to shoot anybody else.

Next door to the Baladino home, a little boy in a baseball uniform asks his father, "What happens when you die?" It's a question the father will soon confront in a terrible and surprising way. Just down the street, a young woman is trying to figure out how to re-start her life after her husband has lost his money, hers, and their home by day-trading in their basement. Elsewhere in the neighborhood, several women and a couple of men-two of them accomplished arsonists who've sometimes been employed by Arthur Baladino-dream of what might have been if they'd been wiser, more patient, or luckier in a past long dead everywhere but in their imaginations.

On a landscape more often than not indifferent, these people seek mercy, if not in love, than in the sometimes rickety, temporary alternative connections they can find with their fellow seekers.