Crisis Shot (The Line of Duty #1)
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.
MY REVIEW: Author Janice Cantore’s many years in law enforcement add great authenticity and an insider’s eye for detail to her storytelling. “Crisis Shot”, Book One in her “The Line of Duty” series is a compelling romantic suspense tale featuring an appealing heroine. When a tragedy in the line of duty ends Tess O’Rourke’s dream of becoming the first female chief of police in Long Beach, California, she relocates to the small town of Rogue’s Hollow, Oregon. Serving as chief of police of the small community is an adjustment to say the least, but small towns often have big secrets which lead to big trouble, and Tess soon has her hands full of problems. She finds a friend in sheriff’s deputy Steve Logan, and he proves to be a much-needed ally with finding a missing person and solving a murder. Tess has always had her own rules regarding not becoming involved with someone with whom she works. Will she break the rules this time? Faith, courage, and a dedication to law enforcement, along with trust, will be needed to bring all matters to right—can Tess and Steve find the strength of conviction to see justice served? I highly recommend other works and series by Janice Cantore.
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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. Visit Janice’s website at www.janicecantore.com and connect with her on Facebook.