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.
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.