Dimensions: 320 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.4 in
Published: January 10, 2012
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1416590951
ISBN - 13: 9781416590958
About the Book
Lori G. Armstrong left the firearms industry in 2000. Her mass market mystery series has been nominated for the Willa Cather Literary Award, the High Plains Book Award, the Daphne du Maurier Award, and the Shamus Award for Best Paperback Original by The Private Eye Writers of America. Lori is a fourth generation South Dakotan and lives with her family in Rapid City.
Read from the Book
ONE One week later Listening to bawling cows headed for the slaughterhouse is a shitty way to start a day. I slammed the front window shut and crawled back between the cool cotton sheets. When my father’s phantom voice nagged me for sleeping in, I jerked the quilt over my head. Go away, Dad. I’m too damn old to feel guilty about not getting up at the crack of dawn to do chores. It took me a while to get back to sleep. When I did drift off, the scorching summer afternoon from thirty years past came rushing back, dreamlike, except it hadn’t been a dream: “Momma had a baby and its head popped off.” I sited my target and pulled the trigger. Crack. An immediate pain-filled screech morphed into prairie silence. My heart thumped. I held the Remington tight even after the recoil pad bit into my shoulder. Heard the hollow click as the spent brass cartridge ejected out the side and chinked on the rocky ground. Bluish smoke eddied around me. Gravel dug into my forearms. Powdery gray dirt coated my sunburned skin even as gnats buzzed around my ears and inside my nose. I didn’t care. Exhilarated, I eyed the headless body through the scope and surveyed the bloody chunks of meat spread across the soil in the ultimate buzzard’s buffet. “Got ya dead-on, ya dirty bastard,” I whispered to the decimated prairie dog, my tone reminiscent of Eastwood in The Outlaw Josey Wales. Dad chuckled, shifting his position on the slope. “Your momR
From the Publisher
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.
"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