A war-hardened daughter returns home to find small-town South Dakota life as perilous as her tour of Iraq.
The Army grants medical leave to sharpshooter Mercy Gunderson, but she just misses her father’s passing. And that’s not the only chip on this tough gal’s shoulder. Her flaky sister Hope is on the latest in a string of good-for-nothing boyfriends, her surly nephew is determined to get into trouble and people keep going and getting themselves killed on her land. When cocky acting sheriff Dawson, the successor to Mercy’s father, refuses to get involved, she has no other choice than to lead her own informal investigation. The more she finds out, the more trouble she gets into, as she uncovers a group of Native-American teens from the local reservation whose silence seems to be her biggest clue. She knows she must be on the right path when people start turning up dead, but her search heats up as it becomes increasingly clear that she’s next on the list. Things get more personal as Mercy has to face her past in order to get the help she needs. The more determined she is that she won’t let herself and her family down, the more deeply she gets invested in her hometown.
Something for everyone in this tale of two cultures in collision. The mystery is mostly solid, the climax suitably complex, and there’s enough blood and guts for those so inclined.