Innocent Blood

Innocent Blood

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by Michael Lister, Michael Connelly
     
 

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The 7th entry in the Award-winning series . . .

With a special introduction by Michael Connelly

"Eerie and cinematic. John Jordan manages to be deeply flawed yet utterly appealing. Lister, with his gift for exploring the nuances of human relationships, creates a vivid and multi-faceted supporting cast, each character finely-wrought, each portrayal unflinching.

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The 7th entry in the Award-winning series . . .

With a special introduction by Michael Connelly

"Eerie and cinematic. John Jordan manages to be deeply flawed yet utterly appealing. Lister, with his gift for exploring the nuances of human relationships, creates a vivid and multi-faceted supporting cast, each character finely-wrought, each portrayal unflinching. Suspenseful, complex and original. A page-turner with a soul." Lisa Unger

"Michael Lister writes one of the most ambitious and unusual crime fiction series going.See what crime fiction is capable of." Julia Spencer-Fleming

Every great character has a past.
Few are as entertaining, as thrilling, or as tragic as that of ex-cop turned prison chaplain John Jordan.
When he was twelve years old he came face to face with the man who would be convicted of the Atlanta Child Murders.
Six years later, John returned to Atlanta determined to discover who was truly responsible for all the slaughtered innocents.
But first he must ascertain whether or not LaMarcus Williams belongs on the infamous list of missing and murdered children.
The questions in the case are many, the answers few.
Who Killed LaMarcus Williams? How was he abducted from his own backyard while his mom and sister watched him? Is he a victim of the Atlanta Child Murderer that didn't make the list or is his killer still out there, still operating with impunity?
Experience the events that shaped one of the most unique characters in all of crime fiction.
Accompany John during his first spiritual awakenings, his first battles with alcoholism, his first forays and fallings into love, and his very first murder investigation.
Get answers and gain insight into the investigator, the minister, the man.
See how John Jordan took his first faltering steps toward becoming the man he is today.
Every great character has a past, but it's not often you're allowed to witness it the way you will John Jordan's in the portrait of a detective as a young man that is Innocent Blood.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 03/09/2015
Lister provides a plausible backstory for his unusual clergyman sleuth in the seventh John Jordan mystery (after 2014’s Rivers to Blood), a prequel. When Jordan was 12, in 1980, he encountered Wayne Williams, the man who would be publicly identified as the Atlanta Child Murderer, at a video arcade. Jordan stood up to the creepy Williams, forcing him to leave another child alone. That meeting led to an obsession with the case that didn’t diminish after Williams’s arrest. Instead, Jordan devoted himself to answering the unresolved issues arising from the holes in the prosecution’s case, including whether Williams was actually guilty of some or all of the killings of other African-American children. After high school, Jordan moves to Atlanta, where he focuses on the murder of a boy who wasn’t on the official list of Williams’s victims. Lister gives fair clues for the surprise solution, thus combining a compelling account of his hero’s spiritual struggle with a top-notch whodunit. Agent: Amy Moore-Benson, AMB Literary Management. (May)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781888146509
Publisher:
Pulpwood Press
Publication date:
05/05/2015
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.70(d)

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Meet the Author

Michael Lister is a novelist, essayist, screenwriter, and playwright who lives in northwest Florida. A former prison chaplain, Michael is the author of the Blood series featuring prison chaplain/detective John Jordan. His second series features Jimmy "Soldier" Riley, a PI in Panama City during World War II (www.FloridaNoir.com). Michael also teaches college, operates a charity and community theater. www.MichaelLister.com

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Innocent Blood 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous 5 months ago
I love a good book that is unpredictable and can catch my attention from page one. This book delivered definitely worth the read.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Wow! Couldn't put it down , So surprised at the ending. A true who did it,loved it!
Anonymous 4 months ago
The story was great, but the surprise ending was somewhat abrupt.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Couldnt put down totally suprised with ending wow
Anonymous 26 days ago
John Jordon seems to have a problem deciding on a career choice, be it cop, or a minister, or both.
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On_the_Hill_Texas 5 months ago
Lucked into this read through one of my free book email lists. Bought the next - or first - six as soon as I finished reading it. And it is rare that I do that - maybe twice a year! GREAT READ!! Mystery, love, death, plot twists. totally believable well-developed characters - whew!
BN_Customer 11 months ago
Innocent Blood has everything you would want in a mystery novel. Great characters including an appearance from Harry Bosch, mind provoking twists, a great plot, interesting dialogue and a shocking ending.
gloriafeit More than 1 year ago
The sub-title of this novel by Michael Lister is Book #7 and A John Jordan Mystery, to which description is added The Atlanta Years, Volume One. It is basically a prequel to the six earlier books in the series, and a fascinating look into what made the protagonist into the man he became, to wit: an ex-cop turned prison chaplain. From the publisher: When he was twelve years old he came face to face with the man who would be convicted of the Atlanta Child Murders. Six years later, John returned to Atlanta determined to discover who was truly responsible for all the slaughtered innocents. But first he must ascertain whether or not LaMarcus Williams belongs on the infamous list of missing and murdered children. The questions in the case are many, the answers few. Who killed LaMarcus Williams? How was he abducted from his own backyard, while his mom and sister watched him? Is he a victim of the Atlanta Child Murdered that didn’t make the list or is his killer still out there, still operating with impunity? Opening with a brief Introduction by Michael Connelly, whose own iconic creation, Harry Bosch, assists John and gives him all the impetus he needs to devote the next several years of his life to becoming a cop like Bosch [whose telephone conversation has the background of jazz saxophone that Bosch fans will immediately recognize]. Although Bertram Williams was found guilty of both of the murders with which he was charged, one of them of a 27-year-old and the second a 21-year-old, John is not convinced that he committed all or any of the other murders mostly of young black children who had been victims of the Atlanta Child Murderer, not all of whom were young or black. His commitment is made at age 17; as he is told, “the empathy you feel with the victims, the unquenchable thirst burning inside you for justice . . . for restoring some kind of order . . . the rage you feel at the murderer . . . your obsession with knowing, with uncovering, with finding the truth . . . they are the very things that make you perfect for this kind of work.” And John himself feels “That’s what I’m called to do - - help people damaged by violent crime, salve the suffering of the living while searching for some kind of justice for the dead. As both a minister and an investigator I’d be in a unique position to do both.” John Jordan’s dedication to the task he has set for himself results in a well-plotted, well-written mystery, the resolution of which is stunning, and one which I for one did not see coming, and the novel is recommended.