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In her first two books (No Mercy, 2010, and Mercy Kill, 2011), Mercy Gunderson, a U.S. Army sniper, returned home to South Dakota, took over the family farm, went toe-to-toe with the local sheriff, and solved a couple of mysteries. Now she’s an FBI special agent working her first case, investigating the death of the niece of the Eagle River Reservation’s newly installed tribal president. As expected (at least by readers of the previous two Gunderson novels), Mercy jumps in with both feet, soon coming to the realization that there’s only one way to catch this killer: hunt him down. The novel, like Mercy herself, is two-fisted and hard-edged, with an affable demeanor that hides a chilling darkness. We can’t help liking Mercy, even though she has some seriously troubling aspects to her, and Armstrong, who also writes the gentler Julie Collins mysteries, is a deft plotter, keeping Mercy (and the reader) in the dark until she’s ready to pull the curtain and let the light in. Another solid entry in this promising new series. --David Pitt


“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.” (Booklist)

“[A] smartly written, high-velocity tale.” (The Wall Street Journal)

“Mercy Gunderson [is] a complicated and fascinating character whose presence in modern novels is way overdue.” (USA Today)

“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.” (Library Journal (starred review))

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Original edition (January 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451625367
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451625363
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #376,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By DiDi - Guilty Pleasures BR TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 8, 2013
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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.

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Lori Armstrong has created an amazing character in Mercy Gunderson. Complex, driven, haunted, passionate, a character that you want to continue to learn more about, to see just what she can and will do. In this latest addition, we get to see a softer side of Mercy develop, without changing her true character. We also get to watch her self confidence grow as she hones her investigative skills and trusts her gut instincts. The story itself keeps you reading and wanting more. The story line is unpredictable, and the characters draw you in to their lives and make you feel their range of emotions. A great read about one of my favorite characters by one of my favorite authors! Well done!
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We have waited 2 years for the next book in the Mercy Gunderson series. Merciless is the best book of 2013 and one of the best I have ever read.

We meet up with a changed Mercy. She is living with Sheriff Mason Dawson and easing into domestic life. She is home for FBI Agent Training and getting used to her Trainer, Shay Turnbull. She is seeing little action and is feeling stifeled by all of the meetings. Our former Black Ops Sniper needs action.

Soon the FBI Agents are assigned to a murder on the Reservation. Mercy must try to negotiate the secrets and motives of the Tribal Council, the Tribal Police all the while not being able to interact with local law enforcement (Dawson).

The killer soon becomes infatuated with Mercy and would like to play a Game to the Death. Mercy does not step away from a challenge. Readers are treated to one of the best pivotal scenes in mystery books.

To add to all of the changes and challenges in Mercy's life, Lex, Mason's eleven year old son moves in. Mercy must balance being the woman in two men's lives.

Lori Armstrong, has written a fast paced book with a tightly woven story. She does a great job mixing in personal and professional stories.

Buy this book, tell your friends to buy this book.
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