Power in the Blood

Power in the Blood

by Michael Lister

In a mystery book market saturated with stories of gruesome serial killers devoid of morality and shady investigators whose questionable tactics make them difficult heroes, Power in the Blood by Michael Lister offers a more spiritual view of social ills and acknowledges that, behind every despicable act, there is always room for forgiveness and redemption.

In this debut novel Lister, a prison chaplain, introduces John Jordan, chaplain of a prison in the Florida Panhandle, who witnesses the bloody death of Potter Correctional Institution inmate Ike Johnson.

"While writing Power in the Blood , I attempted to present Chaplain Jordan as a person who is in many ways quite ordinary despite being a man of the cloth.

I think that makes him an unusual hero in today's mystery market." By offering up the sacred as well as the profane, Power in the Blood is sure to please both mystery readers and general fiction enthusiasts.

Michael Lister was a chaplain with the Florida Department of Corrections from 1993 to 2000.

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There were a lot of characters making this a little confusing at times, but I liked the protagonist and enjoyed the plot, so I would certainly try the next book in this series.

It was not a problem with this book, in fact the religious elements added to the plot and made it more interesting.

The story was interesting enough to keep me reading through the errors but if the next book is the same, it will be the last.

From VCR tapes and typewriters, I guess it was written sometime in 1990.

The idea of having a prison chaplain as an investigator is a neat theme, and one I enjoyed, but it seems to rely on too many contrivances to be truly credible.

The novel does reflect that segregation and prejudice still exists in our world today.

John Jordan is a former cop and the present Potter Correctional Institute chaplain who witnesses first hand the gruesome death of inmate Ike Johnson. POWER IN THE BLOOD is Michael Lister's first John Jordan mystery, and I can say without reserve that I am looking forward to checking out the next two books in the series. Lister also does a very nice job with the character of Anna. Anna's personality is believable for the job she holds. Anna's personality is essential for the believability of the plot as well.

Former Florida prison chaplain Michael Lister has created a believable detective hero, Florida prison chaplain Jon "JJ" Jordan, a divorced man and recovering alcoholic who before his call to the ministry was a cop from a family of cops. I've read a lot of thrillers and can't ever recall one where the murder occurred inside a prison and the suspects were all inmates or prison staff.

New York Times bestselling and award-winning novelist Michael Lister is a native Floridian best known for his literary suspense thrillers as well as his two ongoing mystery series, the prison chaplain John Jordan "Blood" series and the hard-boiled, 1940s noir Jimmy "Soldier" Riley Series, and the post-apocalypic suspense thriller Cataclysmos. Michael also writes historical hard-boiled thrillers, such as THE BIG GOODBYE, THE BIG BEYOND, and THE BIG HELLO featuring Jimmy "Soldier" Riley, a PI in Panama City during World War II. His second Florida Book Award was for his fifth John Jordan novel BLOOD SACRIFICE.