MYSTERY

Merciless

Touchstone: S. & S. Jan. 2013. 352p. ISBN 9781451625363. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9781451625417. M
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Gruesome murders on South Dakota's Eagle River Reservation confront novice FBI agent Mercy Gunderson. Though recently enrolled as a tribal member, Mercy is unfamiliar with some customs and beliefs. This, in addition to conflicts with tribal and county law enforcement officials as well as with her agency coworkers, leaves Mercy in a state of confusion and turmoil. Nonetheless, her determination, attention to detail, and gut instincts lead Mercy to discover how the killings of three women are related. Clues lead to an unexpected culprit who has Mercy pegged as his next victim. She'll need to use the nerves of steel and discipline that made her a top army sniper to evaluate the evidence and escape the killer in this action-packed mystery.
VERDICT Armstrong's third series outing (after No Mercy and Mercy Kill) is a gritty who-done-it that will appeal to mystery readers who enjoy contemporary Western settings.
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