Thursday, January 03, 2013

Merciless by Lori Armstrong (Touchstone)

Mercy Gunderson, a former Black ops army sniper (female Rambo), is the FBI's newest special agent in training. After completing her basic training in Virginia she is back home at a small mid-western FBI office. She is stuck doing paperwork, attending boring training lectures, and being a gopher for her training officer/partner, Agent Shay Turnbull. When a bizarre murder occurs on the Eagle River Indian Reservation, the tribal president and police chief ask the FBI for help. Turnbull and Mercy are assigned to the case. When there is another strange murder, Turnbull and Mercy disagree on the direction the investigation should take. To further complicate the situation, Mercy's boyfriend is the newly elected county sheriff and because of confidentiality they cannot discuss the cases. The tribal police, county sheriff's office, and the FBI do not play well together as the crimes fall under different jurisdictions.

Mercy gets caught up in hidden political agendas and old family feuds while trying to maintain a balance between her personal life, the FBI, and her Indian heritage. When the killer targets her and her family, she is forced to make a decision between her commitment to law enforcement and releasing her Rambo personality to protect her loved ones.

This is not a story for faint of heart. There is a lot of action and the murders are frightening. The relationships between Mercy and her family and friends are interesting and help bring the story together. There are a lot of suspects and motives but the ending is shocking! This is the second book in the series, I have not read the first one but plan to do so.

--Helen Jones

FTC Disclaimer: This book was provided by the publisher.

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