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Merciless Hardcover – January 1, 2013

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: n/a (January 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1620909316
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620909317
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,597,059 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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Format: Kindle Edition
I have to say this is one of the harder reviews I have had to write, because Lori has truly outdone herself with this one!! I have to fight myself from going supper fan girl on this one! This series gets better and better with each book!! Like with the others this one got a hand hold on me, and I couldn't put it down till I was finished with it. I just really really LOVE Mercy!!!

So far the FBI hasn't lived up to the unrealistic expectations brought on by watching The X Files, and the endless lectures are getting old. Mercy may regret complaining about that though with her first case. Women are being killed around the reservation and town, and they are looking to be connected. When she tries convincing the higher ups in her office about her gut feelings in this case she ends up with grunt, and kinda puts herself at odds with fellow agent Shay Turnbull.

While her work life is kinda crazy things at home are actually going great for her. Living with her boyfriend, Sheriff Mason Dawson is going great. They have found a way to coexist, by keeping their home and work lives separate. A wrinkle does get thrown at them when Mason's eleven year old son, Lex comes to live with them. You get to see a deeper yet softer side of Mercy as she truly adjusts to her new life, but you can guarantee she still has all her rough edges we love when those she loves are threatened.

I can't say enough how much I enjoyed this book in the Mercy series!! I find with this one we get to know Mercy on a much deeper level as she opens up more, and fights her ingrained training that would normally have her closing herself off. The relationship with Mason is truly steamy and downright truly romantic, because he understands that she isn't your typical woman.
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Merciless,Lori Armstrong's long-awaited and highly anticipated novel, is a suspenseful and engrossing mystery that fans of the Mercy Gunderson series are sure to love.

Mercy Gunderson's first murder investigation as a Special Agent for the FBI hits close to home when Arlette Shooting Star, a teenager from the Eagle River Reservation, is found brutally murdered. Tribal politics and lack of co-operation between agencies quickly impedes the search for Arlette's killer. Also hindering the investigation is senior FBI agent Shay Turnbull's stubborn insistence that he knows who the killer is. With bodies piling up and her family's lives in danger, Mercy relies on her gut instincts and her sharply honed military skills to track down the murderer before he strikes again.

Mercy's personal and private life collide as she and Shay embark on their investigation. Long time family friends are suddenly avoiding her and longstanding family feuds are revealed. Mercy remains at odds with Shay when she uncovers information that a serial killer is possibly targeting women on the Eagle River Reservation.

Mercy's rough edges might be a little more polished, but she is still the same gritty, hard as nails woman we have seen in the previous installments of the series. She is strong and independent, but at the same time, there is a hint of vulnerability to Mercy now that she has more of an emotional connection with her live in lover Mason Dawson. Mercy's life and her relationship with Dawson are about to undergo a dramatic transformation when Dawson's son, Lex, moves in with them.

Merciless is a fast-paced novel with a well executed and tightly woven plot. The investigation is quite interesting and provides a rather bleak, but realistic view of life on the reservation.
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Mercy Gunderson joined the FBI with images of the X-Files as her image.

She sits through unexciting briefings but then is given her first FBI murder case. She's working with the tribal police in the Eagle River Reservation. The victim is the teenage daughter of the tribal president.

Then, another killing takes place and Mercy and her FBI handler, Shay Turnbull have different points of view about the possibility of the two killings being related.

Mercy's boyfriend is Eagle River County Sheriff Mason Dawson but she can't discuss the case with him due to confidentiality.

Lori Armstrong does a good job in describing the job difficulties that Mercy faces. There is also good character development and a well told and timely story.

Recommended
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~Reviewed by FRANCESCA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

"MERCILESS was heart pounding from beginning to end!" ~Under the Covers

Wow! I am in awe of the complex story MERCILESS ended up being. I truly enjoyed every moment of it. This book took me on a wild ride that at times I didn't know if would come out on a happy note.

Mercy is now working for the FBI and her first real case is a brutally murdered teenager. While trying to uncover who the killer is and working with the native cops, she will also have to learn to keep her relationship to Dawson separate from her new job as an FBI agent.

And can I just say that Mercy is one smart chick! If the FBI didn't have her on this case they would've never found out what happened and stopped a crazy. Because when it came to who the killer was, let me just say that I did not see that coming. Crazy is the right word, that's for sure. But amazing job, Ms. Armstrong for writing so well that it kept me guessing the whole time. And when it came down to a final showdown, there was no shying away from an epic battle.

This is by far my favorite Mercy Gunderson book to date because of the many layers this story had. There was Mercy, Dawson's girlfriend; Mercy, Lex's stepmom; Mercy, the FBI agent; Mercy, the sister; Mercy, the native; Mercy, the ex military. I could go on. And as seeing every aspect of Mercy's life, I felt more connected to her.

I was excited with her at discovering clues and putting pieces of the puzzle together. I got freaked out with some of her discoveries. Some just made my skin crawl. And with so much happening in her personal life as well, I couldn't help but shed a tear or two for her.

MERCILESS was heart pounding from beginning to end!
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