Friday, January 18, 2013

Mercy Is Back!

In the spirit of J.A. Jance, Nevada Barr, and C.J. Box comes Shamus Award-winning author Lori Armstrong’s sharp and gritty Merciless, about Black Ops army sniper-turned-FBI agent Mercy Gunderson and her quest for vengeance when a killer narrows his sights on her and her family.

Mercy Gunderson is thrown into her first FBI murder case, working with the tribal police on the Eagle River Reservation, where the victim is the teenaged niece of the recently elected tribal president. When another gruesome killing occurs during the early stages of the investigation, Mercy and fellow FBI agent Shay Turnbull are at odds about whether the crimes are connected.
Mercy can’t discuss her reservations about the baffling cases with her live-in boyfriend, Eagle River County Sheriff Mason Dawson, due to job confidentiality, and the couple’s home on the ranch descends into chaos when Dawson’s eleven-year-old-son Lex is sent to live with them. While hidden political agendas and old family vendettas turn ugly, masking motives and causing a rift among the tribal police, the tribal council, and the FBI, Mercy realizes that the deranged killer is still at large—and is playing a dangerous game with his sights set on Mercy as his next victim.
Torn between her duty to the FBI and her duties to those she loves, Mercy must unleash the cold, dark, merciless killer inside her and become the predator, rather than the prey.

Read an interview with the author HERE.

 Jackie says:
"This is the third book in Armstrong's Mercy Gunderson series (though it can stand alone without confusing the reader),  Things are getting spicy with her and the Sheriff (the are some hot shades of Armstrong's alter ego, romance writer Lorelei James, raising the temperature on some pages), now that Mercy is back from FBI training.  But once again, all of that gets put on the back burner when Mercy uncovers a whole series of suspicious deaths of women on tribal land.  There is plenty of action and intrigue to the book, augmented by Armstrong's ability to set a scene in her part of west that most people don't know much about.  She knows how to keep the reader turning the pages--it's no wonder she's won the Shamus Award more than once."

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