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Blood of the Lamb

(John Jordan Mystery #2)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  264 ratings  ·  43 reviews
Florida prison chaplain John Jordan's
search for the peace that has so long eluded him is interrupted by an
unimaginable murder. Attempting to be a good man in a very bad place while also
maintaining his shaky sobriety, John investigates the murder of the seven
year-old adopted daughter of ex-con turned televangelist, Bobby Earl Caldwell, a
murder committed in John's own l
Hardcover, 287 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Bleak House Books
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Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
This is the second in this series that I have read now and I am beginning to like this character really much now.

Michael Lister has done a really good job of making John Jordan a really likeable character that I will definitely be reading more in this series.
Oct 02, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ebook-indies
If there was a category for "Depressing Fiction," this series would be at the top of it. John Jordan is a sorry-assed alcoholic prison chaplain, with a miserable job, who works in a miserable setting and is placed in miserable situations. I picked up the first 6 novels in this series at a bargain rate after reading a promo on facebook, but after reading the first two, I've had my fill. If only it was in book form. Then I could take it outside and burn it. ...more
Kari Beasley
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gifted-books
While this book is #2 in a series it can be read as a stand alone novel. I haven't read Book #1 and was able to follow along and not be lost. However, that being said, I am positive there is background information involving the main character John that would be helpful when reading this book. With that being said, this book was not what I had expected, though I'm not sure what my expectations were.

John has returned to his home state of Florida and is now a prison Chaplin. There is history in hi
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
All John Jordan wants is peace to live his life. Unfortunately it doesn’t seem to work out that way. A murder is definitely something to be solved. Don’t miss out
Dec 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
3 1/2 Stars

Blood of the Lamb (John Jordan Mystery Book #2) by Michael Lister.

Full review to come.
Deep Hollow
Dec 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction-florida
Florida noir or Southern noir, this was an interesting read. The main character is a prison chaplain at a Florida prison where a murder takes place. Nice to read a book where a man of faith is showcased - with his beliefs, doubts and warts all on display. I hope to read the other books in the series. Note: this was a free book in a special Christmas giveaway. I just signed up for it on the author's website and received it in the mail about four days later. ...more

It's an oddity that, although many mystery and detective stories end with someone going to prison, we rarely see one that is set in a prison. (At least not the ones I usually read.) Indeed, it is often an indicator of "sensitivity" for an amateur or even professional sleuth to have a distaste or even a fear of visiting a prisoner. Michael Lister's BLOOD OF THE LAMB transgresses that convention. Most of the action takes place in a Florida penitentiary, where protagonist John Jordan is a chaplain
Ron Stotyn
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Blood of the Lamb (20th Anniversary Edition) Review
The death of a child, murder really, inside the office of John Jordan's prison chaplaincy, has all the earmarks of a locked door mystery. John Jordan, also a police trained investigator needs to find the killer, while protecting his own innocence. After all he did have access along with potentially several other suspect prison linked characters. I've been a John Jordan fan for several years now, attracted by his unusual dual role as a prison cha
Aug 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, mystery
Prison chaplain John Jordan investigates the killing of a televangelist's adopted daughter, who was locked in his own office as inmates of the Potter Correctional Institute attended her father's sermon at the prison.

Lister provides enough clues for the reader to figure out the mystery in the midst of all the red herrings thrown around. I'm enjoying this series, even though it's not as tight or as compelling as my favorite thrillers. I suspect the writing will improve, but this one was a little t
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the third book in this series that i've read. The protagonist is a prison chaplain who sidelines as a detective. In this book, a TV evangelist comes to the prison along with his wife and young daughter to present the gospel. While there, the little girl is killed in the chaplain's office so the chaplain takes it upon himself to figure out who killed her. That's enough of the plot. The real selling point of this series of books is the chaplain. He's a very flawed and human character. Full ...more
Aug 23, 2019 rated it did not like it
Any time of the year you can get this author's books for free. It is difficult to get any NYT bestselling author at discounted price not to mention for free. I have feeling that Mr Lister is giving us his sermons through his books. More then half of the book is in perfect alignment with current "progressive" ideology. After living good part of my life in communist country I can't stand any sort of cheap propaganda and unfortunately Mr Lister's books are teeming with that and, of course, all deli ...more
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this soooo long ago, and it popped up as "have you read this?" YES! It's an amazing story-within-an-incredible-series! I have read ALL of them ~ and while I wish Mr Lister would write faster, I DO NOT WANT HIM TO BECAUSE IT MIGHT RUIN WHAT HE'S GOT GOING! I would NEVER want to have that happen!!! John Jordan is so real, you just want to reach out and either give him a good slap or hug ~ it alternates! And that's one of the things that makes this such an awesome series: the characters are sp ...more
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Read this soooo long ago, and it popped up as "have you read this?" YES! It's an amazing story-within-an-incredible-series! I have read ALL of them ~ and while I wish Mr Lister would write faster, I DO NOT WANT HIM TO BECAUSE IT MIGHT RUIN WHAT HE'S GOT GOING! I would NEVER want to have that happen!!! John Jordan is so real, you just want to reach out and either give him a good slap or hug ~ it alternates! And that's one of the things that makes this such an awesome series: the characters are sp ...more
Murrel Lowry
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Once again, author Michael Lister did a great job with the 2nd in the John Jordan series. Well written with some really good people and some really bad ones,and a story line filled to the brim and daring me to stop reading. And I didn't and so now I'm going to have to read more. Many thanks to this author for doing what he does so well, so I can do what I do so well, and that would be reading. Keep up the good work and I'll try to hold up my end of the deal. Again, thank you very much. ...more
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
John Jordan moves through his precarious life as a prison chaplain using all of his talents gained as a former cop and investigator. He does not shy away from anything, except maybe his own feelings. This book was a bit tough as it involves a child and inmates. Evil is everywhere. The reason behind it all is something that drives many to make bad decisions. I really like this series but each book so far can be read by itself.
Jim Phillips
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An excellent complicated murder mystery with very interesting realistic characters. John Jordan is a flawed prison chaplain with several problems to deal with. The story has several murders, lots of suspense, and even some romance. A great storyline that will keep you reading well into the night. Contains an unexpected conclusion that you won't see coming. Highly recommended book and series.
I received and ARC copy of this revised edition, but also purchased the original book.
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
John Jordan a revised edition.
John is drinking again. Laura an old friend comes to him to say she is being stalked. he was a cop but now works as a chaplain in a prison. He and his partner go after the man who is stalking Laura.
when a young girl is brought into the prison without the correct protocols to preach and sing John can't understand why, then she is murdered at the prison.
This is a revised edition of the book. Given ARC for review.
These are a great series of books.
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a fast paced, thought provoking thriller full of twists and turns. John Jordan is a very complicated character. The storyline is very entertaining. Lots of drama and intrigue. I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving this review
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I like this series. Don't really know if t this stuff really happens in jail but it sounds convincing. Good Read. ...more
Jim Southard
Jul 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Reasonably pleasant mystery read, good enough to keep reading but nothing exciting.
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good story line, well written, good characters.
Robert Mack
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
Kept me guessing right up to the end.
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really like this author and these characters.
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm hooked enough to keep reading the series. ...more
Donna Ferguson
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Love this guy.....he is so real and a really nice guy with a genuine love for people and justice. He's smart and intuitive which is not unusual for a recovering alcoholic. He also messes up from time to time. He loves God and does his best to share that with others but is by no means phony or religious....what else can I say....gonna start book 3 now! ...more
Aug 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've previously read three other crime mystery novels by this author. I like this book in large part because it is part of a series where the protagonist is a prison chaplain. The author must have a strong personal spiritual dimension himself, which he exposes by putting sermon-like messages and thoughts into his mind and thoughts. It's tough dealing with a child's murder inside prison walls, and the reader is kept guessing as ambiguous clues unravel. There are some annoying proofreading errors ...more
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
The second in the John Jordan Mystery Series, "Blood of the Lamb" is another mystery with depth. In this novel, Lister more fully develops John Jordan's character as this recovering alcoholic falls off the wagon after the murder of the young daughter of an evangelist who came to the prison to preach. Stunned that the girl was even brought to the prison with her parents, Jordan is also enraged that he, as prison chaplain, was not even told of the decision until last minute. Now he has to work to ...more
Ellen White
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
BLOOD OF THE LAMB ..Michael Lister
Living in a tin breadbox of a house, drinking once again. The contents within a reflection of the discontentment of his soul, Laura a friend comes, telling him she is being stalked He was an ex cop, a chaplain, and a partner Merrill sometime to help solve a crime. His love interest was Anna and the reason he was back doing prison work. John Jordan an interesting human character, you see him as one with faults and he doesn’t hide them, willing to help others. Whe
Jun 15, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 2nd book in the series and I did not like it quite as much as the first. I liked the uncertainty in the chaplain's mind about his beliefs. I didn't like the way he fell back into bed with his ex-wife (who he detested in the first volume). Centering these stories around a specific prison means we have to see the same old characters again and again (good guys and bad guys were same old, same old!)) I enjoyed reading the first book. Finishing this one seemed like more of a duty. Althoug ...more
Dec 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
2nd book in the series. The storyline moved along in some new ways. There is some sexual content in this one. The violence is to be expected due to the nature of the story.

There were a few paragraphs that made me stop and think. Especially with the current violent language in our political world (USA). Whenever a book makes me stop and think I am happy for the work mentally spiritually and how it causes me to stop and evaluate the world around me. For this reason I would recommend to those who l
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New York Times bestselling and award-winning novelist Michael Lister is a native Floridian best known for his literary suspense thrillers as well as his two ongoing mystery series, the prison chaplain John Jordan "Blood" series and the hard-boiled, 1940s noir Jimmy "Soldier" Riley Series, and the post-apocalypic suspense thriller Cataclysmos.

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