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Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery
Mercy Gunderson is troubled, tough and vengeful and, as this story opens, battling alcohol and the company that wants to run an oil pipeline through her land. This is a harsh tale filled with hard people but, like the South Dakota landscape, it’s compelling and difficult to walk away from without being changed.
After 20 years in the Army, Mercy’s still having trouble adjusting to civilian life on her family’s ranch, so she jumps at the opportunity to work at the local watering hole. After Jason “J Hawk” Hawley is murdered in the parking lot after a bar brawl, Mercy starts her own investigation into the death of the man who saved her life — especially after she realizes the local law hasn’t been expressing interest. J Hawk had been working for the oil company, trying to convince locals the pipeline was a good idea. Mercy knows tempers ran high and hot over the proposal and there are plenty of suspects to go around. (TOUCHSTONE, Jan., 308 pp., $15.00)
Reviewed By: Pat Cooper
Published: January 2011