Accused: Pacific Coast Justice Series No. 1
By: Janice Cantore
Published by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Anytime I can't put a book down or I lie awake in bed reading until midnight (or later), I know I have a really good book. That's what happened last night with Janice Cantore's new book Accused, the first in a new series called the Pacific Coast Justice Series (release date scheduled for February 1, 2012). Although I am a prolific reader, I have never read any of Ms. Cantore's books before. Let me just tell you, I will be reading the other books in this series, the second of which, Abducted, is scheduled to be released during the summer of this year.
Carly Edwards is a ten-year veteran on the police force in Las Playas, California, working night patrol. The story begins with Carly being partnered with a hot shot temporary replacement for her regular partner, Joe King. As the story unfolds a shooting has occurred, with Carly and the hot shot firing shots and subsequently killing the suspect. Carly is removed from patrol and reassigned to juvenile, which she is none to happy about, while an investigation looks into the shooting, which has become high profile. Unfortunately it's now been several months and Carly is still stuck in juvenile, when what appears to be a chance for redemption arrives with the disappearance of the town's well loved mayor, Teresa Burke.
I don't want to give away the story, but there is an ex-husband who is a Sergeant on the force, a police reporter who Carly feels ruined her life with his story of the shooting, drugs and smuggling. Somehow Carly ends up on the run along with another fellow police officer who everyone thinks has gone off the deep end. By the way, it's believed that Carly herself has gone off that deep end,too. This book keeps you guessing who really did it. Is it just one person, or are there more involved?
Throughout the book is beautifully woven the plan of salvation. Carly says she does not believe in God. Will she make the right choice and follow God's call, or will she continue on under her own power, trusting in luck and her own skills?
Why not check out Ms. Cantore's website and learn more about her life as a police officer and how she combined work and her faith, and how she uses that today in her writing. While you're there you can find out about other books she has written, and read her blog. I think I'm due a trip to the library in the morning to see if I can find other titles by this author!
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