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Product Details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Pottersville Pr (December 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888146176
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888146172
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 376 g
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From Publishers Weekly

In this story collection from former prison chaplain Lister (Blood of the Lamb), his fictional alter ego, John Jordan, a chaplain at a north Florida jail, investigates seven "cases" that range from standard fair play tales to explorations of faith. Some stories, such as "Bad Blood," which involves a murder on the prison grounds, are reminiscent of Ed Hoch's impossible crime tales and demonstrate talent at traditional mystery writing. Others, however, are pure parable: in "A Fountain Filled with Blood" Jordan attempts to ascertain if a 10-year-old African-American girl who survived Hurricane Katrina is really the second coming of Jesus Christ, and "Image of Blood," a study of the Shroud of Turin, has only the barest fictional trimmings. Lister's collection will appeal more to a Christian audience than general mystery readers. (Dec.)
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Flesh and Blood - A Great Read Feb. 10 2013
By Patricia E. Reid - Published on
Format: Paperback
John Jordan is a prison chaplain at Potter Correctional Institution. John Jordan is also divorced, an ex-policeman and a recovering alcoholic. He is in love with a woman named Anna who is now married to someone else but Anna still helps him out in some of his cases.

John is really more a detective than a chaplain. Flesh and Blood is a series of short stories describing some of the interesting cases that have come up during John's employment at the prison.

The stories are varied. One involves a nun who is pregnant but still a virgin. You will be quite surprised when you read how this came to be.

Chaplain Jordan's father is the local Sheriff and he sometimes aids John in his investigations.

There is even a story about John falling off the wagon and his fight back to sobriety.

The reader learns something of the interactions between the prisoners and the employees of the prison.

The stories are all varied and interesting. There is the story of a body of what was thought to be a prison employee found face down in the yard. John helps sort out the identity and the purpose of the murder.

The book has a wonderful introduction by Margaret Coel. This review really doesn't do the book justice but to tell more would have to include spoilers. This is a quick read and worth your time.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Depression and alcoholism? April 2 2013
By Mary Groten - Published on
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I was not going to read this book, as the main character didn't sound too appetizing, but the stories seemed interesting, so I gave it a go. I was pleasantly surprised at the humanity of the writing, and the interesting bits and pieces. Very well done, I do say!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Do yourself a favor Dec 7 2013
By indygirl - Published on
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Do yourself a favour and read Michael Lister's entertaining and well written short stories. Each one speaks to the heart yet avoids sentimentality. An excellent read.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Michael Lister July 4 2013
By Lynn Bradley - Published on
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What can I say--everything he writes or touches is magic. One of the best I have read yet. Everyone should read it
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Oops Jan. 17 2014
By tammy carden - Published on
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When I picked up this book I thought it was a novel. Turned out to be short stories! I enjoyed them very much and used this book as an introduction to Micheal Lister's books to all the busy people in my online book club. A happy accident!