by Lori G. Armstrong
Category: Fiction / Mystery
0 pages; ISBN: 1932815325
Rating: 9/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner
Lori G. Armstrong
Medallion, May 2005, 302 pp.
Julie Collins left her well paying job in Minneapolis to take a position in the Bear Butte County Sheriff’s Office in the hopes of finding the person who killed her half-brother Ben Stalking Elk. Over the last five years five Native Americans like Ben have been murdered, but his is different as he was the only one whose throat was slashed to death; the others were drowned though his corpse was also found like the other victims in Bear Butte Creek.
The body of a sixteen years old girl with her throat slashed is found in Rapid Creek. Julie’s friend private detective Kevin Wells was hired to find out where Samantha went after her father kicked her out of their home following her mother confiding to both that she was sired by a rapist. A few days later, Samantha’s mother is found dead in her car, supposedly a suicide. Kevin and Julie investigate together believing that the killer is one of the men who raped her mother, but he intends to keep that secret concealed and he will do whatever it takes to make sure it stays buried.
BLOOD TIES is a fantastic small town thriller with a protagonist who acts tough because she feels she must do so to solve her quest and has no one to call a friend except Kevin. Her need almost obsessive to bring justice to Samantha and her mother serves as a temporary replacement and solace for failing to do so for Ben. Lori G. Armstrong provides a fabulous mystery starring an intriguing protagonist with a climax that will stun the audience.
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