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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; First Edition edition (January 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416590951
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416590958
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,558,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

This compelling if prosaically plotted saga of dysfunctional family life, racial tension and liberated-woman romance, the first in a new series from Shamus-finalist Armstrong (Blood Ties), introduces Mercy Gunderson, a U.S. army sniper who's one-quarter Minneconjou Sioux. The discovery of a dead Indian boy on Mercy's late father's South Dakota ranch complicates her return home on medical leave. (Retinal detachment threatens her military career, while wet-work mission flashbacks disturb her sleep.) Then there's Sheriff Dawson, who, as Mercy admits after he snags her nephew for burglary, raised my hackles and my interest like no other man I'd crossed paths with in the last decade. Mercy is as tough as an old army boot, with a vocabulary and weapons proficiency to prove it, but she's always had it bad for cowboys. This soft spot, along with her racial identity crisis and a piled-on assortment of family-related guilt trips, leads to a contrived gee-whiz conclusion. (Jan.)
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From Booklist

Well, technically there is Mercy: Mercy Gunderson, the star of this first installment of a projected new series. Mercy is an army sniper, currently on medical leave back home in South Dakota, where she is trying to figure out what to do with the family ranch, now that her father has died. But she is soon distracted by the death of a young boy—or, more accurately, she is distracted by the local police’s apparent lack of interest in solving the crime. And when Mercy’s own nephew is murdered, she determines to get to the bottom of things. Armstrong, author of the popular Julie Collins private-eye series, has created a grittier character in Mercy Gunderson, a combat veteran who brings her unique skills into her private life. 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. --David Pitt

More About the Author

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:

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 ~

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Terri Doughty on January 7, 2010
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Mercy Gunderson is one of the few female Army snipers. Officially, they don't exist but unofficially, women can get into some hot spot better than men. Mercy's been into more than she'd care to admit. Currently, she's on leave at her family's ranch in South Dakota. Her father recently died and she's the executor of his estate. Her remaining family is her sister, Holly and her nephew, Levi.

Bad things are happening in Mercy's little county though. A friend of Levi's is found dead on her ranch. Levi seems to be having problems. Holly has a new boyfriend that Mercy just doesn't feel right about. Rumors of some kind of club on the reservation have people concerned, as do the new people that bought the ranch nearby.

Mercy has her own problems though. Besides not being able to decide if she should sell the ranch, she has medical problems from her last mission. She has the time in the military to retire but she doesn't know if she wants to. If she stays in though, she'll never be able to do the job she's been doing. She'll be forced into a desk job or a training position.

Mason Dawson was appointed acting sheriff by Mercy's father before he died. He plans on running for sheriff but right now Mercy doesn't see what he's doing to investigate the death of Levi's friend. She's not too sure she trusts him either but he is good to look at!

You can't just ease into this story, it comes at you fast and hard with a teenage death in the first few pages. This hard punching story doesn't slow down or quit from start to finish. It's fast paced with lots going on giving the reader a lot to ponder as you try to figure out who's behind all the things happening.

Mercy is not a sweet bit of fluff or even a typical ranch girl.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Cathleen A. Cody on January 20, 2010
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This book is fantastic! I honestly didn't want to put it down--for anything! I've read Lori Armstrong books before, so I knew that I'd have to set aside a day with no interruptions for this book. I didn't realize I wouldn't want to eat, sleep, or go to the bathroom until I finished it.

From start to finish, my attention was held in Mercy's grip and long after I finished the book, I couldn't stop thinking about it. Now I can't wait for the next one to come out!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By suzatm VINE VOICE on January 31, 2010
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I have liked all of Lori Armstrong's books. I knew when I picked up No Mercy I would have a good read, but this book far exceeded my expectations. This book grabbed you from the beginning and didn't let go even after you read the last page. This author knows how to wring out every emotion there is to feel! The other reviewers have given a recap of the story line - but all I wanted to say is - don't miss this! Hopefully this is the start of another good series. If it's not - I will read and recommend anything this author writes. Excellent book!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Koch VINE VOICE on February 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Mercy Gunderson has returned home to her family's ranch in South Dakota. She receives quite the welcome home when a dead body is found on the ranch. The body is a relative. It seems no one really has an interest or they aren't speaking up about the body. It is up to Mercy to find out why there is a dead body on her ranch. It is going to be a shoot um up time.

No Mercy is book one in a new series by author, Lori Armstrong. This is the first book I have read by this author. I liked Mercy. She had a take charge attitude and was deadly as well as dangerous with a gun. She is like a modern day wild, west sheriff trying to take down the bad guys. Though I liked this story, I wished that I felt more of a connection with the rest of the characters. This would have helped me have more of an interest in why Mercy was fighting for justice and doing the things she was doing. Overall, I still thought this was a pretty good book and I would check out more books by this author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Edie VINE VOICE on April 20, 2010
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Author Lori Armstrong begins a new series with a strong female in the lead. Mercy Gunderson has returned to her South Dakota ranch while on medical leave from the Army. While she finds the ranch in good shape after the death of her Sheriff/Rancher father, the community is not doing as well. Soon after her arrival, a body of a young Native American boy is found on her ranch. When she thinks the new sheriff is not doing enough to track down the killer, Mercy decides to start her own investigation.

When her own nephew is found slaughtered, she pulls all of her Army skills together and goes on the hunt. The deeper she gets into the case, the more evil she finds. Combating racism, sexism, and her own mental and physical problems, Mercy has a huge challenge before her as she works to avenge her nephews death, oversee her sister's troubles, and save the ranch from land-grabbers.

Ms. Armstrong has created a character with enough flaws to impress any reader, and yet Mercy comes across as vulnerable as well. The author has developed her main characters with a depth that causes the reader to care what happens. It is easy to get drawn into this fast-paced, riveting story in such a way that we wish we could jump in and help Mercy out, on her good days and bad.

This is a strong story for women although men will enjoy it as well. It is a harsh story about a life many of us cannot imagine. That said, I haven't read this good of a western in a long time. I was hooked immediately, and had trouble setting the book down for even a short time.

This new Armstrong reader is definitely looking forward to more stories about Mercy Gunderson, our newest PI.

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