Saturday, June 25, 2011

No Mercy by Lori Armstrong

Mercy Gunderson is a straight shooter with a hard edge. On medical leave from the Army, she returns home to South Dakota, which isn’t much safer for her than Iraq. Arriving just after the death of her father, it is up to Mercy to decide what to do with the family ranch. Trying to deal with her irresponsible sister and nephew and feeling guilty that she didn’t make it home soon enough to see her father one last time; Mercy is suddenly pulled into the local community when the body of a Native American boy is found on her land. But nobody seems to be doing anything about it, especially not the local law enforcement.

When tragedy strikes again, Mercy is ready to throw all her energy into her own investigation, and she’s out for revenge. As she digs up the truth behind the shocking crimes, Mercy uncovers dark and dangerous secrets and must race to stop a killer before everything she’s fought for is destroyed forever. ~~synopsis from author's website

I am so glad that one of my book group members picked this book for our next discussion. I have been meaning to read one of Lori's books for quite some time, just hadn't gotten around to it yet. She is a South Dakota (yea!) author and this series is set in western SD. It's great to read a book that is close to home.

Mercy is a strong women who's family has had more than their share of tragedy in the past. She comes home for her father's funeral where bad things just continue to happen. Can't this family catch a break? 

How is Mercy going to adjust to coming home after being away for almost 20 years. Her old boyfriend is still around, is that romance going to start up again? How about the new sheriff in town that is taking her dad's place? Can anyone live up to Wyatt's reputation? And she starts to become a real friend to her troubled teenage nephew, who really needs a friend right now. And anyone can see that her sister needs a strong person in her life too. A lot of issues for Mercy to deal with.

Mercy is a very likable character and the book is well written. There is enough action in the story to keep one drawn into it and it moves very quickly. There were times in the book that I found myself gasping because of things happening that I was not expecting. And then there were times that I found myself laughing or reading with a smile on my face. I love it when a story, and it's author, can make you feel so many different emotions. 

The next book in this series is Mercy Kill - you can bet that is on my TBR list! 


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