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Blood Ties
     

Blood Ties

3.7 808
by Lori Armstrong
 

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Given the trainwreck my life has become, I've earned my cynical attitude. I'm trapped in a dead-end job at the Bear Butte County Sheriff's Office--a position I took out of desperation after the brutal murder of my Lakota half-brother. Three years have passed, his case is cold, and my coping mechanisms--tequila, cigarettes and dubious men--no longer serve as excuses

Overview

Given the trainwreck my life has become, I've earned my cynical attitude. I'm trapped in a dead-end job at the Bear Butte County Sheriff's Office--a position I took out of desperation after the brutal murder of my Lakota half-brother. Three years have passed, his case is cold, and my coping mechanisms--tequila, cigarettes and dubious men--no longer serve as excuses for my grief; they define who I am.

Welcome to my world--Julie Collins, harbinger of doom and a sucker for lost causes.

So when the body of a sixteen-year-old white girl surfaces and the death details are alarmingly similar to my brother's murder, Kevin Wells--my best pal and local PI--admits he'd been hired to find the missing kid before she turned up dead.

I'm roped into helping Kevin tie up loose ends regarding the girl's disappearance...and that's when things begin to unravel. Lies are revealed. Bullets start flying. Yet nothing--not even death threats--will stop me from digging for the truth and finding the justice for this girl that my brother was denied.

But the killer is willing to kill again to make sure these secrets stay buried. And this time, I'm in the crosshairs.

Editorial Reviews

Stephanie Kane
"Hard as nails, a barroom brawler - and a chick! Lori Armstrong's creation is born of the Black Hills. Tough, sensitive and smart, Julie Collins is a welcome addition to the private eye genre. In BLOOD TIES she breaks all the rules." -- Stephanie Kane, Author of SEEDS OF DOUBT
Clive Cussler
". . . a fascinating tale of intrigue that will sweep you into a world of horror and suspense."
-- Clive Cussler, NY Times Bestselling author
C Cody
"Lori Armstrong writes a compelling story that will hold your interest from the first page. I was glued to my chair from the prologue and couldn't stop reading until I finished it. BLOOD TIES is a roller coaster ride of danger and excitement that will have your heart pumping and your emotions twisting like a wet dish rag. I loved this book, and if you like kick-butt heroines and a fast paced mystery, you will too." -- C.Cody, www.romancejunkies.com

Product Details

BN ID:
2940157244682
Publisher:
Ridgeview Publishing
Publication date:
03/14/2017
Series:
Julie Collins Mystery , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
260
Sales rank:
1,157
File size:
582 KB

Meet the Author

Lori Armstrong is the two-time Shamus Award winning author of Snow Blind, in the Julie Collins mystery series, and No Mercy, in the Mercy Gunderson series, Blood Ties and Hallowed Ground were also Shamus Award nominees. She has won the WILLA Cather Literary Award for Hallowed Ground and was a finalist for the books Shallow Grave, No Mercy and Merciless. Shallow Grave was nominated for a High Plains Book Award. Lori is also the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romances written under the pen name Lorelei James. She lives in western South Dakota.

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Blood Ties 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 808 reviews.
The_Writer_025 More than 1 year ago
I eagerly dove into this book because I love stories of the West and anything to do with the Lakota Indians. Within the first few pages I was sorely disappointed but I stayed with it hoping that as the story continued it would improve. I am sad to say that it did not. While others may find this fiction work wonderfully written I found the main character to be most annoying. The story gives the impression that it will deal with the Lakota much more than it does when in fact they are nothing more than mere mentions throughout the story. The main character comes off acting much too tough (in my opinion) and is extremely insecure throughout the whole story. She is belligerent where and when she doesn't need to be and most times I found myself not even caring about any of her predicaments. When you finish a story you should be happy for the main character and also not want it to end. With BLOOD TIES I did not feel for the main character and I was glad it finally did end. For me I cannot recommend this story to anyone. I am terribly disappointed in it. I did not find the plot to be exceptional nor was the drama captivating. In a word this story is annoying at best and boring at worst. The second series deals with the same characters and did not improve any better than the first book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Armstrong is off to a brilliant start with her foul-mouthed, hot-headed, trouble seeking Julie Collins as a protagonist. This character is as real as the tequila swillin' broad at the end of the bar and her wit coupled with her troubled soul is endearing without being sappy and predictable. Bring us more!
K.Alex Sawyer More than 1 year ago
I really wanted to like this book but couldn't. I didn't get the protagonist at all; it didn't seem like the writer ever quite decided who Julie should be. A good idea but poorly written. There was lots of extraneous material that just clogged the book.
blueyedirishgrl More than 1 year ago
I've read this book, and the other 3 in the series, twice. This is BY FAR, my favorite series ever! Exceptionally well written, Julie is a protagonist that takes you along for her ride and you feel every emotion she does. The mystery keeps you on the edge of your seat & the relationships in this book grip you and don't let go. I can't get enough of this series. I have no doubts that I will be reading this series over & over again!!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Julie Collins left her well paying job in Minneapolis to take a position in the Bear Butte County Sheriff¿s Office in the hopes of finding the person who killed her half-brother Ben Stalking Elk. Over the last five years five Native Americans like Ben have been murdered, but his is different as he was the only one whose throat was slashed to death; the others were drowned though his corpse was also found like the other victims in Bear Butte Creek. --- The body of a sixteen years old girl with her throat slashed is found in Rapid Creek. Julie¿s friend private detective Kevin Wells was hired to find out where Samantha went after her father kicked her out of their home following her mother confiding to both that she was sired by a rapist. A few days later, Samantha¿s mother is found dead in her car, supposedly a suicide. Kevin and Julie investigate together believing that the killer is one of the men who raped her mother, but he intends to keep that secret concealed and he will do whatever it takes to make sure it stays buried. --- BLOOD TIES is a fantastic small town thriller with a protagonist who acts tough because she feels she must do so to solve her quest and has no one to call a friend except Kevin. Her need almost obsessive to bring justice to Samantha and her mother serves as a temporary replacement and solace for failing to do so for Ben. Lori G. Armstrong provides a fabulous mystery starring an intriguing protagonist with a climax that will stun the audience. --- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like this genre of books (female PI, small town in the Southwest, Native American undertones, murder mystery), this is an interesting story with reasonable characters, if you can get past the bad language. It's nothing earth-shattering, and it didn't increase my vocabulary at all, but it's good for a lazy afternoon read.
ereader-junky More than 1 year ago
This book was a fast read. It kept you guessing and when you thought you had who done it, a twist happened. Worth reading.
kamas716 More than 1 year ago
On a positive note, she made me feel something about the main character. Unfortunately, it was often annoyance. There were also a fair number of typos in the eBook edition. The most glaring one was someone carrying a "40mm" handgun. I don't know if it was supposed to be a 10mm or .40 cal, as that particular gun comes chambered in both. I'm not sure why she set her novel in Rapid City, unless it was just someplace familiar to her. With such a rich natural landscape to tap into, she did nothing with it. Other than two scenes set in some anonymous forest, she didn't even really mention the area. So much potential in the great Black Hills locales gone to waste. The character development was lacking. Other than being annoyed with the actions of Julie Collins, I didn't feel anything for any of the characters. It didn't really need all the references to sex either, as it didn't move the story forward at all (with the notable exception of the one character's rape-which isn't really about sex but assault). The responsible "bad guy" was also quite predictable. It seamed fairly obvious who it was right after the character was "introduced". I was pretty surprised at how the "bad guy" was wrapped up in the end though. As a Free Friday selection, it was worth it. To pay money for it, not really. Unless the others in the series end up free, I won't be continuing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a debut novel! Lori Armstrong¿s prickly heroine, Julie, ain¿t easy to love. But definitely worth the trouble. She¿s as tenacious as a pit bull and twice as ornery. She loves (or at least wants) the wrong men for all the right reasons, and knows it. She doesn¿t pretend to be anything she isn¿t, including sympathetic. This is the kind of woman I would like to have a drink with--probably a shot of Don Julio tequila and a cold beer. But maybe not at Fat Bob¿s, at least until the bar fight starts. In which case I¿m calling her first to be on my team. I was really happy when I got to the end of the book and saw the door had been left open for future adventures. Hurry up--I can¿t wait to see what kind of trouble Julie gets herself into next.
KayTeeL More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book and bought the rest in the series as well as other books by the author. Waiting for her to write more!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing.....couldnt put it down!!!!! Cant wait to read the others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was one i just couldn't put down, from start to finish! Great characters a must read for myster readers who just love a little lust in their reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Recommended as a good read, l agree. Finished in 2 nights.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good mystery novel. The cast of characters was great. I hope there is a part two to this so I can find out who killed Julie's brother and whether she finally gets together with Kevin.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Action packed, good characters with a well thought out plot. A very good read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved Julie's character - sharp, witty, sarcastic seemed to fit each situation. Will look for others by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my first mystery and I really enjoyed it. I will continue on with the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not boring at all. A grity gal with problems plays at being a P.I. loved it. I want to read more abot Jules now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this so much I bought the rest of series.
MissMary1 More than 1 year ago
Can't wait for the next in the series.
PSM More than 1 year ago
Once I started I couldn't put it down, and the ending was a definite surprise.
bfamilar More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for a fast and entertaining read, this is a GREAT choice!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AWESOME!!!!!! LOVED IT
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a Great book. I definitely plan on buying more books by this author
avidTXnookreader More than 1 year ago
A little heavy-handed in the self-deprecating manner with which the first-person narrative describes herself and her lifestyle. I wouldn't recommend the book to any young readers, eager to find their own way in life. In fact, had I been the sheriff in this story, I would have fired her a long time before this one did! I didn't find it intriguing enough to look up any others in the "Julie Collins" series; good thing it was one of the free-friday books!