Was it murder, accident, or suicide? A baffling case. A brilliant detective. An introduction to an insightful, sympathetic, spiritual, and utterly unique investigator. John Jordan is a cop in a clerical collar haunted by his past—a man of mercy who also thirsts for justice.
“Michael Lister may be the author of the most unique series running in mystery fiction. It crackles with tension and authenticity.” Michael Connelly
The first novel in the popular, award-winning, and critically-acclaimed John Jordan mystery series.
Too often, a “Christian” mystery isn’t Christian at all. It may include a clergyman sleuth or a church setting, but the Christian faith has no bearing on anyone’s conduct. Happily, that is not true here.
POWER IN THE BLOOD is Michael Lister’s first novel. It relates Fr. John Jordan’s initial year as the prison chaplain at Potter Correctional Institution in north Florida. Raised in the area by his daddy, the sheriff, Jordan has returned after a disastrous fall from grace. He’s now divorced, a recovering alcoholic, and followed by rumors of scandal. He’s delighted to discover, however, that he likes ministering to these “low lifes” better than the wealthy Atlanta congregation he lost.
Lister is himself a prison chaplain. His mystery (the death of a prisoner trying to escape in an unlikely way) and its surroundings witness to his experience. The prison wants a quiet investigation of the death of Ike Johnson and drafts Jordan to assist, because of his rapport with the inmates. As it becomes obvious that only a prison employee could have arranged such a death, Jordan’s life and the lives of his closest friends are seriously endangered.
When he’s not worrying about getting killed, he’s coping with his alcoholic mother, a new romantic interest who can’t believe he intends to remain celibate until marriage, and pressure from powerful townspeople. Prayer, a desire to care for God’s weakest children, and a growing commitment to his vocation help Jordan fight back to a solution. I hope this isn’t the last appearance of this thoughtful sleuth.
We may never face murder, but this Christian “detective” can teach us how to apply our faith in situations of stress and fear. Not bad for “light” reading!
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