No Mercy: A Mystery (Hardcover)

A Mystery

By Lori Armstrong

Touchstone, 9781416590958, 320pp.

Publication Date: January 12, 2010

March 2010 Indie Next List

“No Mercy is the first book in a series featuring sniper Mercy Gunderson, a tough-n-tough woman who nevertheless fiercely loves her family. She is on medical leave back at her South Dakota ranch trying to keep things together after the body of a local teen is found on her land--and others begin to show up as well. Armstrong has made Mercy very nuanced and believable -- the kind of woman you want in your corner.”
— Jackie Blem, Tattered Cover Bookstore, Denver, CO
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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 and try to deal with her irresponsible sister and nephew. 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 an Indian 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.

Praise For No Mercy: A Mystery

"Within just a few pages of No Mercy I was gripped.... Lori Armstrong is the real deal, and so are the setting and the characters in this novel, which by turns is tough, sassy, sexy, and unique. As gritty, haunting, and authentic as South Dakota itself, No Mercy is a terrific series debut." -- C. J. Box, Edgar Award-winning author of Below Zero

"Mercy Gunderson shoots straight onto the list of my favorite heroines. A master of snappy dialogue and twisting plots, Lori Armstrong proves again why she is an award-winning author. No Mercy is a thrilling mystery, a hard-edged, fast-paced, no-holds-barred roller-coaster ride." -- Allison Brennan, author of Original Sin and Fatal Secrets

"Step aside, cowboys, there's a new star on the horizon and her name's Lori Armstrong. With No Mercy, Armstrong introduces one of the most original heroes to come out of the West in years. Mercy Gunderson is a perfectly flawed woman; a tough-as-nails, take-no-prisoners kind of gal who'd just as soon outshoot or outdrink a man as bed him. Read this book or answer to Mercy." -- Reed Farrel Coleman, two-time Edgar nominee and two-time Shamus Award-winning coauthor of Tower

"People always ask me what I read, and I tell them Lori Armstrong. There comes a point when I need to read her like I need a shot of whiskey at the end of a hard day; Lori's writing is like that, unforgiving and deeply satisfying." -- Craig Johnson, author of The Cold Dish and The Dark Horse

"Mercy Gunderson, the protagonist in Lori Armstrong's wonderful new series, is everything readers hope for in a lead character: strong, capable, hotheaded, and soft in all the right places. Set in South Dakota ranch country that's so well evoked you'll smell things you wish you didn't, with a compelling cast of supporting characters and a dynamite mystery sure to keep you guessing until the very end, No Mercy is a no-holds-barred, flat-out winner of a series debut." -- William Kent Krueger, author of Heaven's Keep and Red Knife