Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: Mercy Kill - 2nd in the Mercy Gunderson Mystery series
Author: Lori Armstrong
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: February 2011
Year/Setting: Present/South Dakota
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Moderate
Violent Content Rating: Moderate/Intense
Lori's Website/Blog: www.loriarmstrong.com
The settings and characters in this book are so real, it will seem like you are travelling with Mercy through the Black Hills with her rifle doing target practices. An extremely well-written book. A main character, an ex-Army sniper, who definitely takes no prisoners.
Mercy is out of the Army and living on her family's ranch in South Dakota. After being a Black Ops Army sniper, she is finding it difficult to relate to the simple ranching life. She takes a job as bartender at a local bar to pass the time but, as she tries to settle in to her new life a representative of Titan Oil, a Canadian oil company, has come to the area with a proposal to run an underground oil pipeline through Mercy's home town and Jason Hawley, a former army buddy of Mercy’s is the representative.
Business owners greet Jason with open arms but the ranching community does not and Mercy is torn between her friendship with Jason and her family. After many fights and threats toward the company Mercy discovers Jason's savagely mutilated body in the bar parking lot. Sadly, the Sheriff of the town is more interested in campaigning for office than investigating Jason's murder and Mercy decides to check things out on her own. Maybe she will just run for sheriff herself.
Mercy, however, learns that Jason was not all sunshine and roses but, had more than a few secrets of his own.
This story is very action filled and emotional in turn. And the author represents Mercy, and other characters as being hard as nails. But, remembering her background, I would assume that that's what she started out to do. A very complicated storyline where, it seems, almost everyone has a motive. But, even avid mystery readers will find it hard to pick out the culprit until the ending. So, enjoy and I'll talk to you soon.
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