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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press (June 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608321193
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608321193
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,073,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


''With its harsh descriptions, violence, brutal sex scenes, and gritty dialogue, Lot's Return to Sodom is for hard-core crime-fiction fans.'' --Booklist

From the Author

"This inside story had to be shared.  What the law enforcement has to deal with during the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally to protect us citizens from the 1% motorcycle clubs is jaw-dropping.  LOT'S RETURN TO SODOM is dedicated to my friend, Mick Sherer, an FBI agent who worked the rally for years, and to everyone like him.  My thanks.

Enjoy this crazy 'Carerras meets Chrome', 'Luciano vs. Leather' Liv Bergen mystery thriller, number two in the series," Sandra Brannan, author of LOT'S RETURN TO SODOM, 2011 Top 50 Amazon E-books for Women's Mysteries.

More About the Author

Sandra has created a heart-pounding, award winning mystery series around the intelligent, ballsy Liv Bergen, a woman who embodies the spirit of South Dakota. Much like her fictional character, Sandra Brannan has spent her career in the mining business and lives in the Black Hills.

SOLOMON'S WHISPER, the 5th in the Liv Bergen Mystery series released in e-book on September 2, 2014.


In response to the overwhelming success of IN THE BELLY OF JONAH, launched in September 2010, and LOT'S RETURN TO SODOM, released June 1, 2011, Brannan prioritizes her time first to the librarians and booksellers for nominating her to earn ABA's Indie Next List Notable, to book clubs and fans who have described Liv Bergen as the love child of Sue Grafton's Kinsey Milhone and Lee Child's Jack Reacher, and to teachers for all the gratitude she has for their role in her success. The second in the Liv Bergen Mystery series reached the top 10 for e-book mysteries, top 5 for women's mysteries in 2011. WIDOW'S MIGHT, the third in the series, earned ABA's Indie NextList and numerous accolades in 2012 from Publishers Weekly, Library Thing, Booklist, and ABA Indie Next List Great Reads from independent booksellers across the country. Suspense Magazine calls WIDOW'S MIGHT the "perfect blend of suspense, thrills, and romance". The setting for Brannan's books are in the mountain states, including wonderful sites like Nemo and Rochford in the Black Hills.

The fourth in the series NOAH'S RAINY DAY released September 3, 2013 and was chosen as Best of 2013 list by Suspense Magazine, a finalist for Best Mystery/Thriller by USA Book News, and finalist for IndieFab Award by Foreword Reviews at the American Library Association conference in Vegas in 2014.

Sandra can be contacted at www.sandrabrannan.com or by email at sandra@sandrabrannan.com.

Customer Reviews

I look forward to more books in this series!!
Some parts were a little long and not needed for the plot of the story.
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It was a good read could not put my Kindle down.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Loves Labs on June 28, 2011
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While I enjoyed the 1st in the series, this book was just a bit too gruesome/realistic to me. Liv goes it on her own again to help solve the mystery and I found her to be "dense" this go round while the first novel showed Liv as savvy and shrewd. No, Liv was out on a limb most of the book, not wanting, taking or asking for help. Would someone really "forget" to take the gun they dropped with them? No, I don't think so. If I saw an evil motorcycle gang coming up to my house, I'd do more than run out the back since I had the authorities on the phone.

While Brannan leads us down the path of thinking the 1st "death/murder" will be the missing younger sister this isn't the case as the plot continues to develop.

In the 2nd of the series, Brannan is too graphic for my tastes and I didn't care for the motorcycle theme especially since they weren't the "culprits" so to speak.

Yes, Liv and Streeter eventually meet even though it should have been much sooner and yes, there is the romance already working for them in the next installment, but it's not enough for me to invest the time it takes to get through Brannan's work. Her books are a bit long and over-done while don't leave the satisfaction intended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By tmtrvlr on August 4, 2011
Format: Paperback
I reviewed In the Belly of Jonah by Sandra Branna earlier this year and was really looking forward to reading her second book of the series, Lot's Return. It was very much a let down and was not as good as the first book in this series. Once again we have Liv Bergen involved in solving the crimes; this time in the area of Sturgis SD near her family's mining company. Of course with Sturgis there are bikers and the annual raunchy display.

The story line was all over the place and in dire need of editing for cohesiveness. The story did not flow well. There was a particular sexual assault that I think was only thrown in for shock value, but the repeated reference to the act was just unnecessary and tedious.

The characters also have some problems. Although I think the character of Murley was supposed to be a creepy, slimy character, he came off as a sympathetic and almost likeable. The character of Liv witnessed a crime, photographed it and did not tell police even though someone ended up dead! It was just unbelievable.

The Biblical references in both books have nothing to do with the story and these are certainly not books where the characters struggle with issues of faith. I am not sure why they are included. The ending was disappointing and unrealistic. I won't put a spoiler here, but let me just say that the FBI simply would not have given Liv a gift that took years of expensive development.

The best part of the book was the Dedication when she told her mother that she didn't have to read the story.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By crazyoaks VINE VOICE on July 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
When Michelle Freeburg, girlfriend of Jens Bergen, is found murdered the police think Jens might be a suspect. Liv Bergen, sister of Jens, decided that she should do some investigating to determine who really killed Michelle. Complicating the picture is the disappearance of Michelle's sister Charlene. The story is set in Sturgis, South Dakota during the summer motorcycle rally.

I found the found the stereotypes of the motorcycle club needless. Once you get past those the story is fairly interesting. This is the second story about Liv Bergen and while you need not know the previous story to read this one, there are references to the first book. I think that some things would have been much more clear if I had read the first book. I would not put this book or this writer into the list of great thrillers or great authors, but it does have the requisite red herrings and plot twists of a mystery that makes for a pretty good summer afternoon read when you don't have anything else to do.

The publisher sent this book to me for review.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ynotme on August 1, 2012
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It took me two tries to get interested enough to finish this book. While the writing was not bad there were just too many odd things going on that it was a difficult book to enjoy.

It was clear that the author did not do her homework about motorcycle gangs. For example while she knows about colors she continued to refer to black leather jackets while most biker gangs wear denim jackets or vests.

I also found the incident where Liv photographed the death of a young woman and didn't report it until days later to be unbelievable. And then she refused to give her name but sent the information using her work email? I didn't get it.

When the wife of one character states that the man who has been molesting and raping girls as young as 13 was impotent I was just flabberghasted. Surely the author knows the difference between being sterile or non-fertile (unable to bear or father children) and being impotent (unable to perform the sex act).

Finally, I found the introduction of a dog into the final pages to be bewildering at best. The dog was suppose to be specially trained by the FBI for tracking, trailing etc. and an agent just gave the dog away? It was never explained how the agent obtained ownership of the dog and supposedly the dog belonged to Liv's best friend but Liv had never seen the dog? Very strange.
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