The Lenient Beast

Fredric Brown


“The Mark of the Beast is upon me, and the Beast is Mercy. Until the Mark is taken away, I must perform my function as the giver of God’s greatest gift of Mercy — death and surcease to those for whom life seems to be agony.”
       Six people already had been relieved of the burden of life; six times John Medley had felt peace. On the police blotter six brutal murders were stamped unsolved.
       The Lenient Beast presents Fredric Brown at his besr and most daring, with a certified crime classic. This edition features a new introduction by John Pelan, a color cover by legendary cover artist Ron Lesser, and is signed by both John Pelan and Ron Lesser. There are also three bonus stories.
       Full color dustjacket with black Brillianta cloth, ribbon marker. Limited to just 200 signed and numbered copies.

edition information

  • Limited to 200 copies, each signed by John Pelan and cover artist Ron Lesser.
  • Introduction by John Pelan.
  • Includes three bonus short stories.
  • Ribbon marker, color dustjacket, head and tail bands, full cloth binding.
  • Original book price: $40.
  • Published January 2017.
  • ISBN 978-1-61347-115-9.