Grisly murders are rocking the small county of Bear Butte where Julie Collins has spent the last few months learning the PI biz without the guidance of her best friend and business partner, Kevin Wells. Enter dangerous, charismatic entrepreneur Tony Martinez, who convinces Julie to take a case involving a missing five-year-old Native American girl, the innocent pawn in her parents’ child custody dispute. Although skeptical about Martinez’ motives in hiring her and confused by her strange attraction to him, Julie nevertheless sees the opportunity to hone her investigative skills outside her office.
But something about the case doesn’t ring true. The girl’s father is foreman on the controversial new Indian casino under construction at the base of the sacred Mato Paha, and the girl’s mother is secretly working for a rival casino rumored to have ties to an east coast crime family. Local ranchers—including her father—a Lakota Holy group, and casino owners from nearby Deadwood are determined to stop the gaming facility from opening.
With the body count rising, the odds are stacked against Julie to discover the truth behind these hidden agendas before the murderer buries it forever. And when Julie unwittingly attracts the attention of the killer, she realizes no place is safe . . . not even hallowed ground.
“Lori Armstrong has created an outstanding tale in Hallowed Ground. Gripping from beginning to end, this is one book you want to read without interruptions.”
-Safiya Tremayne, In The Library Reviews
“Hard-drinking, chain-smoking P.I. Julie Collins has a fascinating, multidimensional personality, as do all the characters in this story. Armstrong's writing continues to be fresh and exciting in the second book of this series.”
-4 ½ Stars, Romantic Times BOOKClub Reviews
“Hallowed Ground is a book that will keep you interested from page one; all the twist and turns will have you on the edge of your seat…Armstrong will definitely go on top of my list of authors to watch out for in the future.”
-Tammy Adams, reviewer, novelspot.net
“...if you prefer your heroine to be a little on the dark side, especially one who likes to smoke, drink, engage in the occasional sexcapade, and knows how to kick some ass with little fear, this highly engaging and fearless PI fits the bill. Armstrong has created in Julie one of the more captivating and emotionally charged female characters to come along in awhile…plenty of suspense…with the whole package being one glorious adventure.”
“…superb thriller in which the politics of casinos are right out of Abramoff headlines.”