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Cold Blood (John Jordan Mysteries Book 13) Kindle Edition
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It also seemed like the author was trying to make the main character very “politically correct”. A long conversation between John Jordan and Reggie, the female sheriff, where she’s quizzing him about how he has no problem with women as authority figures and most men do. Then Zaire, who is Merrill’s girlfriend, is amazed because John and his wife Anna are not racists. Then Chris, who is gay, telling John that he was the first person Chris came out to in high school. Chris said, “. . . you were the only one I could even imagine trying to tell. And you were so sweet, so supportive, such a good friend.” OK, I get it, John is a really good guy.
When what happened to Randa Raffield is finally revealed at the end, I found it totally unbelievable. Also, another twist at the end will require reading the next book to find out what happens. I don’t plan to find out what happened.
Note: references to sexual violence, but they neither dominate nor detract from the story.
I have now read all of the John Jordan books, and despite being a full-fledged fan already, this story just took all we've learned, and are learning, about chaplain/detective Jordan, and wrapped it up in a devilishly beguiling plot which whips one's neck with its sudden twist in the end.
With well-intended podcasts from would-be detectives, social media which prey ruthlessly on Randa Raffield’s parents’ hearts - and the real detectives’ minds - and with more theories than evidence regarding her peculiar disappearance, John Jordan and his Gulf County Sheriff’s Department struggle to make sense of or progress on this newly re-opened, 12-year old case. Well beyond the classic good-versus-evil, Jordan and those close to the case, and close to each other, are taken through a tolling gamut of misleading or misinterpreted clues, suspicious behaviors, and uncooperative persons of interest, until the killer makes known to them, in an odd and threatening ‘confession’, what has happened to Randa, and a challenge to John to let go of the case or lose someone close to him.
I confess that the author got me good on this one; I pride myself in usually being at least close to whodunit, but alas.
If you’ve not read any of the John Jordan series, I strongly recommend starting with book one – "Power In The Blood" – and work your way through them…TOTALLY worth it! But if you elect to read "Cold Blood" as a stand-alone, it’s a great read. My guess is you’ll give strong consideration afterward to reading the entire collection.
Michael Lister is just getting better and better.
The way Michael Lister treats women reminds me of one of my other favorite authors, Father Andrew Greeley. They both treat women with such respect that it borders on reverence. The women in their stories are by no means perfect, but it is really nice to see men that think so much of women. This respect goes towards all people though, and this is very refreshing, given what is going on in our society today.
This was a fast paced story that kept me guessing until the very end. I did not even have the desire to skip ahead and see how it ended, I wanted to read every word. The locale where the story takes place is very interesting also. I find myself going to Google maps and finding the places in North Florida that are mentioned in the book. Any book that takes to me places and makes me feel like I am there are awesome, I get to take a vacation and never leave my home.
This book will keep you on the edge of your seat and you will never see who exactly turns out to be the killer. A definite five star read.