Flesh and Blood
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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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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.
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