Mercy Kill by Lori Armstrong
A Mystery (Mercy Gunderson)

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Former Black Ops army sniper Mercy Gunderson isn’t adjusting well to the laid-back rhythm of civilian life on her family’s ranch in South Dakota. To fill her time, Mercy accepts a temporary bartending gig at a local watering hole. Yet her attempts to settle in back home are tested when Titan Oil, a Canadian company proposing to run an underground pipeline through Eagle River County, sends Jason Hawley, Mercy’s former army buddy, to the area to convince ranchers to get behind the project.

While local business owners support the pipeline, Hawley’s presence riles the landowners, and Mercy is torn. After ugly threats and multiple altercations escalate tensions in the county, Mercy discovers Hawley’s brutally mutilated body in the bar parking lot. When it appears Sheriff Dawson cares more about campaigning for reelection than investigating the case, Mercy vows to find Jason Hawley’s killer—even if she has to run against Dawson for sheriff to ensure justice is served.

But Mercy soon learns her former military pal had plenty of secrets. Her search for the truth brings unwanted exposure to the county’s dark side and risks deadly repercussions for the entire community.

About Lori Armstrong

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Lori Armstrong is the two-time winner of the Shamus Award given by the Private Eye Writers of America and a New York Times bestselling author of romantic fiction, written as Lorelei James. Her books have won the Willa Cather Literary Award and have been nominated for the High Plains Book Award and the Daphne du Maurier Award. She lives in western South Dakota. Visit her website at
Published January 11, 2011 by Touchstone. 323 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In Armstrong's sharp second mystery to feature former army sniper Mercy Gunderson (after 2010's No Mercy), Mercy stumbles late one night on the shot and slashed body of Maj.

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Lori Armstrong tests her readers by opening Mercy Kill with her narrator, Mercy Gunderson, freshening her sniper skills in a South Dakota pasture by blowing cute little prairie dogs into hamburger.

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Review: When an oil company spokesman arrives to promote running a pipeline through Eagle River County and is later found murdered — and the local sheriff seems uninterested in investigating — former black ops Army sniper Mercy Gunderson, who has recently returned to her South Dakota home town, s...

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