A father seeking redemption.
A son committed to helping him get it.
Did America’s most notorious serial killer, Ted Bundy, kill Janet Leigh Lester?
That’s the conclusion Jack Jordan, John’s father, reached back when he first investigated the case, but now he’s not so sure.
On the same weekend Janet was crowned Miss Valentine at the pageant and Queen at the Sweethearts dance, she disappeared, her car found in an empty field, its interior covered in blood.
The case, known as the Broken Heart Murder, is decades cold now, but a new clock is ticking and John Jordan has one last chance to help his father get it right.
With no jurisdiction and no support and no real hope of solving such an old, cold case, John Jordan is not taking no for an answer.
Once and for all, and before it’s too late, John Jordan is going to find out who’s responsible for the Broken Heart Murder and bring justice to Janet, redemption to his dad, and peace to all those still living under a cloud of suspicion and a shroud of sadness.
Poignant. Touching. Tragic. Cathartic. Blood Work is much more than a baffling mystery, it’s the story of a father and a son and the broken people they’re trying to help mend.
New York Times bestselling and award-winning novelist, Michael Lister, is a native Floridian best known for his literary suspense thrillers DOUBLE EXPOSURE, BURNT OFFERINGS, and SEPARATION ANXIETY, as well as his two ongoing mystery series, the prison chaplain John Jordan "Blood" series (BLOOD SACRIFICE) and the hard-boiled, 1940s noir Jimmy "Soldier" Riley Series (THE BIG HELLO).
The Florida Book Review says that "Vintage Michael Lister is poetic prose, exquisitely set scenes, characters who are damaged and faulty" and Michael Koryta says, “If you like crime writing with depth, suspense, and sterling prose, you should be reading Michael Lister," while Publisher's Weekly adds, “Lister’s hard-edged prose ranks with the best of contemporary noir fiction.”
The first novel in the popular, award-winning, and critically-acclaimed John Jordan mystery series.˃˃˃ POWER IN THE BLOOD a John Jordan novel from award-winning and bestselling author Michael Lister
Witness the series Florida Weekly calls “a treasure of contemporary literature--suspenseful, provocative, and unsettling,” and bestselling author Julia Spencer-Fleming says is “one of the most ambitious and unusual crime fiction series going. See what crime fiction is capable of.”
In POWER IN THE BLOOD, ex-cop John Jordan, now a prison chaplain in the Florida Panhandle, witnesses the bloody death of Potter Correctional Institution inmate Ike Johnson. But what exactly did he witness? Murder, accident, or suicide? Jordan discovers that in the closed society of captives and captors no act goes unseen, and no one takes kindly to a cop in a collar. He soon finds his reputation, his career, and even his life are at stake.
"Another great ride with a very assured driver behind the wheel." Michael Connelly
Offering up both the sacred as well as the profane, POWER IN THE BLOOD is a thoughtful thriller and a suspenseful mystery you won’t want to miss!"Eerie, cinematic, finely-wrought, unflinching, suspenseful, complex, and original, POWER IN THE BLOOD is a page-turner with a soul." Lisa UngerIf you love exciting, gritty, thoughtful mysteries, don't miss Michael Lister's POWER IN THE BLOOD.˃˃˃ The John Jordan series in order: 1) POWER IN THE BLOOD, 2) BLOOD OF THE LAMB, 3) FLESH AND BLOOD, 4) THE BODY AND THE BLOOD, 5) BLOOD SACRIFICE, 6) RIVERS TO BLOOD, 7) INNOCENT BLOOD, 8) BLOOD MONEY, 9) BLOOD MOON, 10) BLOOD CRIES, 11) BLOOD OATH.Don’t miss a single second of this brilliant, breathtaking series.
The book critically interrogates contemporary counter-terrorism powers from military campaigns and repression through to the prosecution of terrorist suspects, counter-terrorism policing, counter-radicalisation programmes, and the proscription of terrorist organisations. Drawing on a range of timely and important case studies from around the world including the UK, Sri Lanka, Spain, Canada, Australia and the USA, its chapters explore the impacts of counter-terrorism on individuals, communities, and political processes.
The book focuses on three questions of vital importance to any assessment of counter-terrorism. First, what do counter-terrorism strategies seek to achieve? Second, what are the consequences of different counter-terrorism campaigns, and how are these measured? And, third, how and why do changes to counter-terrorism occur?
This volume will be of much interest to students of counter-terrorism, critical terrorism studies, criminology, security studies and IR in general.