Jan 19, 2013

Book Review MERCILESS by Lori Armstrong

Title: Merciless: A Mercy Gunderson Mystery #3 by Lori Armstrong
Published January 8, 2013; Touchstone

Publisher's description:
By Shamus Award-winning author Lori Armstrong, Merciless is the third in the series featuring Mercy Gunderson, a Black Ops army sniper-turned-FBI agent. When two gruesome killings occur on the Eagle River Reservation, Mercy and fellow FBI agent Shay Turnbull can't agree on whether the crimes are connected. Mercy has to make decisions on her own, unable to discuss her cases with her boyfriend, Eagle River County Sheriff Mason Dawson, due to job confidentiality.

With hidden political agendas and old family vendettas causing a rift among the tribal police, the tribal council, and the FBI, Mercy realizes the deranged killer is playing a dangerous game, Mercy targeted as his next victim. Torn between her duty to the FBI and her duties to those she loves, Mercy must unleash the cold, dark, merciless killer inside her and become the predator, rather than the prey.

Comments: This is my first book in the Mercy Gunderson series and I am ready to read the first two that came before it. I was in awe of this tough new protagonist and amazed at the strong yet sympathetic female character the author created. The plot is tense and well crafted. The setting gave a good sense of life on an Indian reservation. I recommend the book for those who like a fast paced mystery.

Thanks to Touchstone for a review copy of this book. 


  1. Great review, Harvee! This sounds like a very good series. Enjoy your weekend. :)

  2. Thanks, Suko. I am looking forward to reading the others in the series. It's great for a mystery fan like myself.

  3. Sounds like a really good idea to set a book like this on Tribal lands. It seems like it adds uniqueness to the plot here. I know that there has in the past been tension between the FBI and Tribal authorities on Native American lands. It sounds like Armstrong uses that history for good dramatic effect.

  4. I love books like this but have never read one that took place on an Indian reservation. Sound interesting.

  5. There's nothing like a fast paced mystery to absorb me when I'm feeling anxious (or bored). I think I'll read more of Donna Leon's novels for the upcoming Venice in February challenge, but it's good to know about this one on an Indian reservation. Native Americans are so interesting to me!

  6. Sounds like a great series. I do enjoy fast paced mysteries.


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