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"Armstrong's writing continues to be fresh and exciting in the second book of the series."  —Romantic Times


"Readers will enjoy this superb thriller in which the politics of casinos are right out of Abramoff headlines."  —Harriet Klausner, Gotta Write Network



"One of the best mysteries I have read. Ms Armstrong will go on top of my list of authors to watch out for!"  —Novelspot.com



"One glorious adventure, leaving us eagerly anticipating what's next for this uniquely drawn crew of misfits and miscreants."  —NewMysteryReader.com



"The mystery had me guessing right until the very end, which is how it should be.  This was a fantastically exciting read."  —Romance Junkies


"Lori Armstrong has created an outstanding tale. . . . Gripping from beginning to end, this is one book you want to read without interruptions."  —In the Library Reviews

About the Author

Lori G. Armstrong left the firearms industry in 2000 to pursue her dream of writing crime fiction. She lives in Rapid City, South Dakota.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Medallion Press (November 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932815740
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932815740
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.3 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,198,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lori Armstrong is a fourth generation South Dakotan. She left the firearms industry in 2000 to pursue her dream of writing crime/mystery fiction. The first book in the Julie Collins mystery series, BLOOD TIES was nominated for a 2005 Shamus Award for Best First Novel by Private Eye Writers of America. HALLOWED GROUND was nominated for a 2006 Shamus Award and won the 2007 WILLA Cather Literary Award. SHALLOW GRAVE was nominated for a 2008 High Plains Book Award and was a finalist for the 2008 WILLA Cather Literary Award. The 4th book in this series, SNOW BLIND, won the 2008 Shamus Award for Best Paperback Original.

The first book in the Mercy Gunderson mystery series, NO MERCY, won the 2010 Shamus for Best Hardcover Novel and was a finalist for the WILLA Cather Literary Award. MERCY KILL, the second book in the series was released 1-11-11 from Touchstone(Simon and Schuster)

MERCILESS, book 3 in the Mercy Gunderson series, will release Jan. 8th 2013 - and check out the short story free read SILENT MERCY on Dec. 4th 2012

Lori lives in Rapid City, South Dakota.

For more info visit the website: www.loriarmstrong.com

If you like your stories with more romance and steam, check out Lori Armstrong's alter ego ~ she also writes contemporary erotic western romances as Lorelei James ~ www.loreleijames.com

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Cathleen A. Cody on November 21, 2006
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I read Blood Ties months ago and couldn't wait for HALLOWED GROUND to come out. Boy was it worth the wait! The relationship between Julie and Tony totally made the book for me, but the action and adventure kept me glued to the book when I should have been feeding my kids. The mystery had me guessing right until the very end, which is how it should be. This was a fantastically exciting read and I can't wait for the next book in the series!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Thea M. Ryan on January 6, 2007
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No kidding, this book kept me sitting in a chair all day and into the night. I've been waiting for the sequel to Blood Ties and I wasn't disappointed. It was a great read! I can't wait for the next book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By GrammyW on December 5, 2006
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I had been awaiting Ms. Armstrong's second book in the Julie series, and I wasn't disappointed!! "On Hallowed Ground" is filled with excitement and action with every turn of the page -- I had a difficult time putting it down. I loved it. How soon is book #3 coming out???
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 14, 2007
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Character is key. This is what Lori Armstrong seems to understand perfectly. Julie Collins, already such a strong character in Blood Ties returns even more full-fleshed. Julie is cranky, smokes and drinks a lot, engages in shallow sex, enjoys rock music and is one tough woman.
The convoluted plot starts out with a missing persons case. Looking for this Native American kid the dead bodies start to turn up quickly when the mob gets involved and rival casinos take on each other. Also love blooms for Julie in the person of the shady owner of a biker bar.
Although the book is a bit too long (almost 500 pages) there's enough action and surprises to keep you entertained.
I loved the characters, the action and writing. What could make this book even more perfect was maybe cut it down in size somewhat and trim a few plot elements.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Keith Pyeatt on October 26, 2007
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I'm glad I read this novel. I read it several months ago, and I'm still glad, so that's a good review from me right there. I didn't read the first novel in this series, but that didn't hurt my enjoyment of Hallowed Ground. Great pace, great characters, satisfying ending, and the writing shone throughout. The main character, Julie, is an interesting blend of traits and a complex balance of hard and soft. I thought it would be difficult to keep her consistent for the entire novel, especially with all she was dealing with, but the author pulled it off.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Honistie on May 13, 2011
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I enjoyed this story as much as the first book (blood ties). Julie gets beaten several times by bad guys again which seems like she should have been more hurt than she was. However, the quick bounce back does not take away from the story and allows it to move forward. Her friend Tony seems to be there for her when it matters most. I must admit I am not a fan of Kevin, but he was there as much as he could be. He was dealing with Lily's illness/death which would take a toll on any person. I do feel he gives Julie mixed signals and was happy he was not always there to save her like in Blood Ties. The way I saw it, Keven was taken off the pedestal Julie placed him on, but not in such a bad way that they lost their friendship or partnership. I still do no like Julie's father but this book seemed to humanize him which gave an interesting twist and I hope to see how things unfold between Julie and her dad in the sequential books. The biggest complaint I have about this book is that my Kindle version seemed to have many type errors. Throughout the book 2-3 words would be clumped together. For example He seemed would be like Heseemed or, to go to would be like togoto. Sometimes I had to reread the sentence to see I had to separate the words. It was not too hard to read past and I still really enjoyed reading it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on November 6, 2006
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In Bear Butte County, South Dakota, Julie "Jules" Collins worries about her private investigator partner and mentor Kevin Wells as he is oo preoccupied with the imminent death from cancer of his beloved Lilly to train her at the moment. when Tony Martinez, owner of a couple of bars and other questionable dealings, wants to hire her for a sizable fee, Jules has to decide on her own. She thinks they could use the money so agrees to find the missing five years old niece Chloe Back Dog of Tony's friend and number one man Harvey.

Jules assumes that Chloe's father Donovan kept the child instead of returning her to her mother, his ex-wife Rondelle Eagle Trail. She easily tracks down Donovan at a Brush Creek Construction Company site, which makes her wonder why Martinez could not have done this. Donovan and Jules talk at remote Bear Butte where her brother died years ago. He denies having kidnapped his daughter, telling her to talk to Rondelle and the Smart Start School just before someone shoots Donovan. As the truth begins to surface involving the Carlucci gang, Native American casinos, and the safety of a little girl, a killer targets Jules.

This exciting private investigative tale stars a likable rookie struggling with a case that seemed simple but with each new revelation spins further out of control. Jules is a strong protagonist who holds the tale together whether it is a sleuthing subplot or her attraction to Martinez, who reciprocates as he wants "Blondie". Readers will enjoy this superb thriller in which the politics of casinos are right out of Abramoff headlines.

Harriet Klausner
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