Blood of the Lamb, a John Jordan Mystery by Michael Lister, Image courtesy of Author's Website
Blood of the Lamb is the second book in the John Jordan Mystery Series by Michael Lister.
I downloaded this book from Amazon onto my Kindle as I had loved the first book, Power in the Blood so much.
Blood of the Lamb centres around the mysterious murder of a little girl, Nicole Caldwell, who has been brought into the prison by her 'adopted' parents, televangelists, Bobby Earl and his wife Bunny Caldwell.
John Jordan is horrified that Mr Stone, the institutional warden would allow such a thing to happen, and every time that he tries to voice his concerns and have Nicole taken off the premises for her own safety, he is thwarted.
I felt on edge the whole time that I was reading this book as I felt the dangers of the various criminals that lurked around the chaplain watching the little girl as he tried to keep her safe.
Nicole is brutally murdered in Jordan's very own office while her parents are out in the chapel preaching to a crowd of inmates.
Security is not tight, as Mr Stone did not appear to follow through with protocol and fingers are pointed at inmates and correctional officers to explain Nicole's death.
Jordan feels responsible for her death and unofficially investigates through leveraging the confidence of some of the inmates.
He has Anna to help him and Merrill is also backing him up.
As the investigation continues John is forced to face his own fears and beliefs as he tries to piece together who committed this unspeakable act.
Things cut deep for John as he battles his own alcoholism and deals with the resurfacing of his ex-wife, Susan.
This is one of those intense books that has an edge of reality to it. John Jordan shows compassion and humanity as he does all he can to redeem himself and figure out who killed Nicole Caldwell that night in the prison.
His investigations lead to him being attacked several times, dead-end leads and eventually to solve the case.
If you like mystery crime thrillers, then you will enjoy this gritty novel by Michael Lister.