A war-hardened daughter returns home to find small-town South Dakota life as perilous as her tour of Iraq. The Army grants medical leave to sharpshooter Mercy Gunderson, but she just misses her father's passing. And that's not the only chip on this tough gal's shoulder. Her flaky sister Hope is on the latest in a string of good-for-nothing boyfriends, her surly nephew is determined to get into trouble and people keep going and getting themselves killed on her land. When cocky acting sheriff Dawson, the successor to Mercy's father, refuses to get involved, she has no other choice than to lead her own informal investigation. The more she finds out, the more trouble she gets into, as she uncovers a group of Native-American teens from the local reservation whose silence seems to be her biggest clue. She knows she must be on the right path when people start turning up dead, but her search heats up as it becomes increasingly clear that she's next on the list. Things get more personal as Mercy has to face her past in order to get the help she needs. The more determined she is that she won't let herself and her family down, the more deeply she gets invested in her hometown. Something for everyone in this tale of two cultures in collision. The mystery is mostly solid, the climax suitably complex, and there's enough blood and guts for those so inclined.
"Within just a few pages of No Mercy I was gripped.... Lori Armstrong is the real deal, and so are the setting and the characters in this novel, which by turns is tough, sassy, sexy, and unique. As gritty, haunting, and authentic as South Dakota itself, No Mercy is a terrific series debut." C. J. Box, Edgar Award-winning author of Below Zero
"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. No Mercy is a thrilling mystery, a hard-edged, fast-paced, no-holds-barred roller-coaster ride." Allison Brennan, author of Original Sin and Fatal Secrets
"Step aside, cowboys, there's a new star on the horizon and her name's Lori Armstrong. With No Mercy, Armstrong introduces one of the most original heroes to come out of the West in years. Mercy Gunderson is a perfectly flawed woman; a tough-as-nails, take-no-prisoners kind of gal who'd just as soon outshoot or outdrink a man as bed him. Read this book or answer to Mercy." Reed Farrel Coleman, two-time Edgar nominee and two-time Shamus Award-winning coauthor of Tower
"People always ask me what I read, and I tell them Lori Armstrong. There comes a point when I need to read her like I need a shot of whiskey at the end of a hard day; Lori's writing is like that, unforgiving and deeply satisfying." Craig Johnson, author of The Cold Dish and The Dark Horse
"Mercy Gunderson, the protagonist in Lori Armstrong's wonderful new series, is everything readers hope for in a lead character: strong, capable, hotheaded, and soft in all the right places. Set in South Dakota ranch country that's so well evoked you'll smell things you wish you didn't, with a compelling cast of supporting characters and a dynamite mystery sure to keep you guessing until the very end, No Mercy is a no-holds-barred, flat-out winner of a series debut." William Kent Krueger, author of Heaven's Keep and Red Knife