Blood Sacrifice-Michael Lister

Blood Sacrifice

Michael Lister

Pulpwood Press, Oct 31 2012, $16.99

http://www.PulpwoodPress.com

ISBN: 9781888146967

 

After several bloody cases (see The Body and the Blood, Flesh and Blood, Power in the Blood and Blood of the Lamb) and the destruction of his marriage, prison chaplain John Jordan needs a breather.  The former cop is staying at St. Ann’s Abbey retreat center in Bridgeport, Florida Panhandle.  He sees police lights nearby and goes to help Chief Steve Taylor, a former deputy to John’s dad Potter County chief.  As everyone waits for Taylor, John interferes with the body proving the victim who he knew as Tommy Boy was not a floater.  Taylor lectures him and Jordon knows he erred.  Sister Abigail who has been counseling Jordon lectures him too.

 

Someone brutally murders Gulf Coast Paper Company heiress Tammy Taylor who was undergoing an exorcism conducted by the retreat’s Father Thomas Scott.  Increasingly Father Thomas looks guilty of the savage murder in which he insists demons inside the victim killed her.  Sister Abigail, believing he is innocent, asks John to investigate.  John assumes earthly matters involving the Gulf Coast Paper Company’s selling its property to developers is more likely the motive rather than demonic possession.

 

The latest John Jordon whodunit is a great investigative tale with several viable suspects including Father Thomas and Chief Taylor among others.  The storyline focuses on the conflict between hard core religious beliefs in demonic possession and hard core economic credo in developing one of the last pristine natural Florida areas.  Readers will appreciate Chaplin Jordan’s inquiry as the hero wonders whether Tammy is a Blood Sacrifice to the Christian God or capitalist god.

 

Harriet Klausner

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