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Flesh and Blood [Paperback]

Michael Lister


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Book Description

December 2006
John Jordan is back-following POWER IN THE BLOOD and BLOOD OF THE LAMB---investigating eternal mysteries woven into the fabric of everyday life. Within the confines of seemingly ordinary cases, John explores the ineffable and inexplicable, the profoundly mysterious within the mundane. In this diverse collection of cases, John investigates the Shroud of Turin, a pregnant virgin, a daring prison break, a Hurricane Katrina orphan who might just be the Second Coming, a desperate woman who sleeps with one too many men, a bloody body on the rec yard, a mystery that turns on a single observation, and a murder in which John himself is the prime suspect-all this as he deals with depression and battles alcoholism. These stories are puzzles, whodunits, and enigmas, but they are much more. John Jordan doesn't just solve crime, he investigates the hidden heart of humanity and the mysterious world in which we live. Here are temporal answers and eternal questions, and at the center of it all, a conflicted man of faith and doubt, flawed, but faithful, who ministers mercy even as he thirsts for justice.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Product Details

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

Product Description

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.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  11 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Michael Lister July 4 2013
By Lynn Bradley - Published on Amazon.com
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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
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Depression and alcoholism? April 2 2013
By Mary Groten - Published on Amazon.com
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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!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flesh and Blood - A Great Read Feb. 10 2013
By Patricia E. Reid - Published on Amazon.com
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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Do yourself a favor Dec 7 2013
By indygirl - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars Intriguing topics, makes you think June 17 2014
By Jennifer Hiles - Published on Amazon.com
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I really like the stories in the book. I'm not normally a fan of short stories but these were intriguing and unique. I liked that it was the same character in each of them. Some of them really make you think. There was one thing about this book that drove me nuts though and it really took away from the story, throughout the entire book it goes "he said" then "she said" then "he said" then "I said" It almost made me not want to continue. How about "I exclaimed" or "he replied" anything else! Other than that, I would recommend reading this.

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