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Mercy Kill (Mercy Gunderson Series #2)

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  • Posted November 11, 2010

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    super whodunit

    Late at night in South Dakota, former army sniper Mercy Gunderson steps outside of Clementine's bar where she works only to find the corpse of Major Jason "J-Hawk" Hawley. J-Hawk, who saved Mercy's life in Indonesia, was shot and stabbed.

    Mercy's boyfriend Eagle River County Sheriff Mason Dawson seems to perform a perfunctory investigation. Mercy decides she owes her buddy so she begins making inquiries. She uses J-Hawk's job as a spokesperson for Titan Oil on their controversial pipeline project as the starting point. However, Mercy begins to uncover some nasty stuff about her late hero that makes her wonder if she even knew J-Hawk. At the same time, FBI Indian County Special Crimes Unit Agent Shay Turnbull also investigates the homicide and the ties to Titan Oil.

    The sequel to No Mercy is a super whodunit as the former soldier refuses to believe the evidence that her hero did not live up to the image she has of him. The story line is fast-paced especially when the subplot focuses in the present. The speed decelerates somewhat when the story line concentrates on Mercy's military past; although that also enhances understanding of the heroine's motives and feelings with "the statue on the pedestal comes crumbling to the ground" (Blessed is the Rain by Brooklyn Bridge).

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted March 1, 2011

    Complex and Gritty Storyline

    Ex Army sniper, Mercy Gunderson's attempts at easing back into civilian life on her families South Dakota ranch aren't going well. To stay busy she takes on a job at the local bar, but her life gets turned upside down when her old friend and army buddy Jason Hawley comes to town. Hawley is with Titan Oil (a huge Canadian Oil Company) and there to convince the people of Eagle River County that running a pipeline through their ranches is a good idea. Needless to say, the ranchers want no part of Titan Oil or Jason Hawley.
    When Mercy finds Jason's lifeless body outside the bar one night, no one seems interested in investigating the murder, including the sheriff. Mercy knows she must track down Hawley's killer. But, as she unravels the mystery, she also uncovers a dark side to this South Dakota town.
    In Armstrong's latest novel, she paints such a descriptive picture that it feels like you are right there in South Dakota with Mercy. The story was strong, intense and gritty and Mercy, along with the other characters, is depicted as hard as the landscape.
    Armstrong writes a very complex and interwoven storyline that twists and turns where almost everyone has a motive. But, you won't know who did it 'til the very end. It was a wild ride!
    Reviewed by Catherine Peterson for Suspense Magazine

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