Merciless: A Mysteryby Lori Armstrong
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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.
Torn between her duties to the FBI and her need to keep her loved ones safe, former black-ops army sniper Mercy Gunderson must unleash the cold, dark, merciless killer inside her and become the predator . . . rather than the prey.
Newly minted agent Mercy Gunderson is back and ready for action— unfortunately, she’s stuck doing paperwork in an overheated government office building. But she gets more than she bargained for when she’s thrown into her first FBI murder case, working with the tribal police on the Eagle River Reservation, where the victim is the teenage 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.
Due to job confidentiality, Mercy can’t discuss her misgivings about the baffling cases with her boyfriend, Eagle River County sheriff Mason Dawson, 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 Mercy struggles to find a balance, 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. Soon, however, 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.
“Mercy is one of the best female characters around, and you can quote me on that.”
“Mercy Gunderson shoots straight onto the list of my favorite heroines. A master of snappy dialogue and twisting plots, Lori Armstrong proves again why she is an award-winning author. [Her books are] a hard-edged, fast-paced, no-holds-barred roller coaster ride.”
“[Armstrong] has created a grittier character in Mercy Gunderson.…Fans of the Collins mysteries should embrace this new novel with open arms, but the author could pick up some new readers, too, on the strength of this new heroine.”
“[A] smartly written, high-velocity tale.”
“Mercy Gunderson [is] a complicated and fascinating character whose presence in modern novels is way overdue.”
“With a gutsy heroine, sharp humor, and a strong sense of place, Armstrong has created a winning series. The female veteran perspective is particularly fresh—not unlike a young V.I. Warshawski gone rural. Craig Johnson and C.J. Box fans should like it, too. Highly recommended.”
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Meet the Author
Lori Armstrong is the two-time winner of the Shamus Award given by the Private Eye Writers of America and a New York Times bestselling author of romantic fiction, written as Lorelei James. Her books have won the Willa Cather Literary Award and have been nominated for the High Plains Book Award and the Daphne du Maurier Award. She lives in western South Dakota. Visit her website at LoriArmstrong.com.
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~Reviewed by FRANCESCA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog “MERCILESS was heart pounding from beginning to end!” ~Under the Covers Wow! I am in awe of the complex story MERCILESS ended up being. I truly enjoyed every moment of it. This book took me on a wild ride that at times I didn’t know if would come out on a happy note. Mercy is now working for the FBI and her first real case is a brutally murdered teenager. While trying to uncover who the killer is and working with the native cops, she will also have to learn to keep her relationship to Dawson separate from her new job as an FBI agent. And can I just say that Mercy is one smart chick! If the FBI didn’t have her on this case they would’ve never found out what happened and stopped a crazy. Because when it came to who the killer was, let me just say that I did not see that coming. Crazy is the right word, that’s for sure. But amazing job, Ms. Armstrong for writing so well that it kept me guessing the whole time. And when it came down to a final showdown, there was no shying away from an epic battle. This is by far my favorite Mercy Gunderson book to date because of the many layers this story had. There was Mercy, Dawson’s girlfriend; Mercy, Lex’s stepmom; Mercy, the FBI agent; Mercy, the sister; Mercy, the native; Mercy, the ex military. I could go on. And as seeing every aspect of Mercy’s life, I felt more connected to her. I was excited with her at discovering clues and putting pieces of the puzzle together. I got freaked out with some of her discoveries. Some just made my skin crawl. And with so much happening in her personal life as well, I couldn’t help but shed a tear or two for her. MERCILESS was heart pounding from beginning to end! A nail biting, thrilling, edge-of-your-seat read. If you haven’t read Mercy yet, you should rectify that. Ohhh and Dawson…yep, I’m crushing on him big time. Can’t wait for the next one, hope the wait is not long this time. *ARC provided by publisher
A great continuation of the series.
Though Mercy's domestication is definitely becoming the focus of the series.
THIS is why Armstrong wins awards - I couldn't put it down!