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Merciless: A Mystery (Paperback)

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Mercy Gunderson is back! The third in Lori Armstrong’s great series was a long time coming (why two years, Lori, why?!), but with Merciless, Mercy’s back and things are starting to look up for her. She’s learning the FBI ropes, although her mentor, ShayTurnbul, is making her a little cranky. But her relationship with Mason, the duly elected sheriff, is progressing nicely, even with the addition of his son, Lex. And then…

Naturally things go wrong, and one of the things I like about this series is that Ms. Armstrong is not afraid to let the darkness inside Mercy out. She’s a sniper – excuse me, an “insurgent removal specialist”, which is what she put on her tribal enrollment paperwork – and Ms. Armstrong is also not afraid to hurt the characters you like. Fast-paced and dark, which those of us who loved the first two in the series enjoyed, one of the things I really enjoyed about Merciless was the way Mercy grows and changes, all the while keeping hold of that place where she goes when she kills. I cannot wait to see what happens next!

— Fran


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.

About the Author

Lori Armstrong left the firearms industry in 2000. She is the author of the Julie Collins mystery series. Her novel Snow Blind was awarded the 2009 Shamus Award for Best Paperback Original by the Private Eye Writers of America. 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. Lori is a fourth-generation South Dakotan and lives with her family in Rapid City.

Praise For…

“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 is one of the best female characters around, and you can quote me on that.”

-Lisa Gardner, author of Love You More and Live To Tell

“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.”

-Allison Brennan, author of Original Sin and Fatal Secrets

“[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.”

Product Details
ISBN: 9781451625363
ISBN-10: 1451625367
Publisher: Touchstone Books
Publication Date: January 8th, 2013
Pages: 328
Language: English