Thursday, January 31, 2013

Review: Merciless by Lori Armstrong

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Merciless by Lori Armstrong. A Mercy Gunderson Mystery.

Review summary: The plot in this crime novel is strongly developed as are the characters and yet these elements are overshadowed by dialog that is embarrassing to read. It might be "real" but it sure isn't enjoyable. Readers willing to overlook the hard R-rated vulgarity expressed by nearly everyone in this book will find a really good investigative mystery here. (Click here for text of full review.)

Our rating: 3 of 5 stars

Merciless Lori Armstrong

Lori Armstrong
A Mercy Gunderson Mystery
Touchstone (January 2013)

Publisher synopsis: 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.

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