Power in the Blood

Power in the Blood

by Michael Lister


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Power in the Blood by Michael Lister

In a mystery book market saturated with stories of gruesome serial killers devoid of morality and shady investigators whose questionable tactics make them difficult heroes, Power in the Blood by Michael Lister offers a more spiritual view of social ills and acknowledges that, behind every despicable act, there is always room for forgiveness and redemption.

In this debut novel Lister, a prison chaplain, introduces John Jordan, chaplain of a prison in the Florida Panhandle, who witnesses the bloody death of Potter Correctional Institution inmate Ike Johnson. Jordan discovers that in the closed society of captives and captors no action goes unseen, and no one takes kindly to a cop in a collar. He soon finds his reputation, his career, and even his life are at stake.

"While writing Power in the Blood , I attempted to present Chaplain Jordan as a person who is in many ways quite ordinary despite being a man of the cloth. Like everyone else, Jordan attempts to find romance, deals with the demands of work on a daily basis, and struggles with his faith," said Michael Lister. "Despite the extraordinary violence that he must face and the misdeeds of fallen souls he endures, Jordan manages to pursue the investigation with honesty and grace. I think that makes him an unusual hero in today's mystery market." By offering up the sacred as well as the profane, Power in the Blood is sure to please both mystery readers and general fiction enthusiasts.

Michael Lister was a chaplain with the Florida Department of Corrections from 1993 to 2000. During his tenure at Gulf Correctional, Lister earned these words of praise from his warden, "Chaplain Lister's un prejudiced concern for the welfare of staff as well as inmates has brought a spiritual soothing to both populations at this institution. He is an exceptionally gifted teacher, truly an angel, a shepherd to all."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781888146295
Publisher: Pulpwood Press
Publication date: 08/07/2012
Pages: 292
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.66(d)

About the Author

A native Floridian, award-winning novelist, Michael Lister, grew up in North Florida near the Gulf of Mexico and the Apalachicola River, beneath slash pines and Spanish moss draped oak limbs, in a small town world famous for tupelo honey.

Truly a regional writer, his canvas is not a central, major city (there are none in North Florida), but a region—small towns (THUNDER BEACH), river swamps (DOUBLE EXPOSURE), massive prisons in rural areas (THE BODY AND THE BLOOD).

Captivated by story since childhood, Michael has a love for language and narrative inspired by the Southern storytelling tradition that captured his imagination and became such a source of meaning and inspiration, he pursued and received undergraduate and graduate degrees in theology with an emphasis on myth and narrative within religion.

In the early 90s, Lister became the youngest chaplain within the Florida Department of Corrections. For nearly a decade, he served as a contract, staff, then senior chaplain at three different facilities in the Panhandle of Florida—a unique experience that led to his first novel, 1997’s critically acclaimed, POWER IN THE BLOOD. It was the first in a series of popular and celebrated novels featuring ex-cop turned prison chaplain, John Jordan. Subsequent books in the series include BLOOD OF THE LAMB, FLESH AND BLOOD, and THE BODY AND THE BLOOD, and each takes readers through the electronically locked gates of the chain-link fences, beneath the looping razor wire glinting in the sun, and into the strange world of Potter Correctional Institution, Florida’s toughest maximum security prison.

Michael Lister won a Florida Book Award for his first literary novel, DOUBLE EXPOSURE, a book, according to the Panama City News Herald, that “is lyrical and literary, written in a sparse but evocative prose reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy.” It is a contemplation of life and death, art and meaning, set deep in the swamps of the Apalachicola River, a thriller about a wildlife photographer whose camera traps capture a crime, that shows the beauty and danger of the Panhandle paradise.

A committed environmentalist, Michael works to protect the area he so loves, setting up the Mother Earth Fund (named after a character from DOUBLE EXPOSURE) for environmental conservation and education and serving on the board of directors of the Apalachicola Riverkeeper.

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Power In The Blood 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too much religion for my taste. Not great writing or character discription. Go ahead and skip this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book although parts of it are disturbing. After the story got started well, I had a hard time putting it down. Want to read more of this series.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Been there done that. You capture the microcosm of prison hirarchy. The struggle among the powerful. Hard to put down and rather graphic concerning the sexual perversions of males. Recommend as wake up call for all who have to visit, live inside this world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dark and intense. Some disturbing scenes, but enjoyable overall.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting and exciting. Only recommendation i would have is to name the characters differently. It was confusing in the beginning beccause the names were too similar.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well-written story, intense and probably realistic but very dark. Not for the faint-hearted.
BN_Customer More than 1 year ago
Man I wish I had discovered Michael Lister sooner! What a great, great writer! I’ve quickly fallen in love with all his books, but the John Jordan mysteries are my favorite. POWER IN THE BLOOD is a wonderful introduction to this unique detective and extraordinary man. John is such a good guy, works so hard to do the right thing. I just love him. I was late coming to the party, but I’m here now and I’m not going anywhere. Sign me up for the full ride.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!
Charlene More than 1 year ago
Great Book , Must Read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
272 pages. Well written. Smooth flow. Gets pretty violent. Some profanity. About prison and a prison chaplain. Some religion. Nothing heavy. More for men. Some parts wete disturbing for me. AdultsAD
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good...