Book Review: Crisis Shot, Book 1 of Line of Duty series by Janice Cantore

"She fired." (6)

Title:  Crisis Shot
Author: Janice Cantore
Publisher: Tyndale Fiction
Release Date:  September 5, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Suspense / Thriller

Tess O'Rourke dreams of becoming the first female chief of police in Long Beach, California. As commander of the East Division, she is well on her way . . . until the night she responds to an officer-needs-assistance call and fatally shoots an unarmed teenager. Despite being cleared of wrongdoing by a grand jury, Tess is so hounded by the public that she takes a job in Oregon to escape the bad press.

Winning over the residents of Rogue's Hollow might be more difficult than adjusting to her new role as police chief in the small, backwater town. Especially when her closest friend, the pastor's wife, goes missing and the woman's cousin is found shot. Tess finds an ally in sheriff's deputy Steve Logan, but as they track down Rogue's Hollow's first murderer, she worries that she's breaking one of her rules and getting too close to him.

A shot that changed the course for our main character, Tess O'Rourke in author Janice Cantore's latest release, Crisis Shot. It is also the first book in the new series, Line of Duty. Intense and mixed in with life's ultimate question of "why do God let bad things happened?" Crisis Shot hit all the right notes for a suspense thriller that includes a crime to be solved, but also the complexity of personalities and trials that is beyond our control.

"Either he's God over everything or he's God over nothing." (376)

Crisis Shot is the first novel of the author's I've read, and it definitely will not be my last. Suspense is one of those genres I love to read and am always amazed by authors' ability to keep it interesting. This story had it all and also gave us a little insight on the dynamics of the inner workings in the police force. I enjoyed the slow build in confidence of Tess' ability as police chief in a small town by the department as well as the town. Tess' ethics and professionalism gave the character strength, but also a great catalyst of the vulnerability of faith when faced with evil in her line of work. I love how the faith messaged tied into the story and the ultimate question of trust.

In all, Crisis Shot will satisfy any fan who enjoys a good story, but also appreciate a well tied in message.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

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A former Long Beach, California, police officer of twenty-two years, Janice Cantore worked a variety of assignments, including patrol, administration, juvenile investigations, and training. She’s always enjoyed writing and published two short articles on faith at work for Cop and Christ and Today’s Christian Woman before tackling novels. A few years ago, she retired to a house in the mountains of Southern California, where she lives with three Labrador retrievers, Jake, Maggie, and Abbie. Janice writes suspense novels designed to keep readers engrossed and leave them inspired. Accused is the first book in the Pacific Coast Justice series, featuring Carly Edwards. Janice also authored the Brinna’s Heart series, which includes The Kevlar Heart and A Heart of Justice

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