Flesh and Blood by Michael Lister

Flesh and Blood by Michael Lister

Flesh and Blood by Michael Lister

John Jordan is back—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.

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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Depression and alcoholism? April 2, 2013
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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!
4.0 out of 5 stars Do yourself a favor December 7, 2013
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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.
4.0 out of 5 stars Flesh and Blood – A Great Read February 10, 2013
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.

Michael Lister


Multi award-winning novelist, Michael Lister, is a native Floridian best known for his literary suspense thrillers DOUBLE EXPOSURE, BURNT OFFERINGS, and SEPARATION ANXITY, as well as his two ongoing mystery series, the prison chaplain John Jordan “Blood” series (BLOOD SACRIFICE) and the hard-boiled, 1940s noir Jimmy “Soldier” Riley Series (THE BIG HELLO).

The Florida Book Review says that “Vintage Michael Lister is poetic prose, exquisitely set scenes, characters who are damaged and faulty” and Michael Koryta says, “If you like crime writing with depth, suspense, and sterling prose, you should be reading Michael Lister,” while Publisher’s Weekly adds, “Lister’s hard-edged prose ranks with the best of contemporary noir fiction.”

Michael grew up in North Florida near the Gulf of Mexico and the Apalachicola River in a small town world famous for tupelo honey.

Truly a regional writer, North Florida is his beat.

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