Officer Brinna Caruso has built a reputation at the precinct as the cop to call when a child goes missing. For Brinna, it's personal because she was once one of them. Brinna and her K-9 search and rescue dog, Hero, will stop at nothing to find a missing child, no matter the stakes, Detective Jack O'Reilly isn't ready to return to his homicide duties, after losing his wife to a drunk driver. He's on the downside of his career, and bent on revenge, when he's assigned as Brinna's partner. While on patrol, Jack struggles between his quest for personal justice and his responsibility to those around him, especially his partner. Skeptical of Jack's motives, Brinna isn't sure she can rely on her new partner, whose reckless abandon endangers the safety of those around him. But when a man surfaces with an MO similar to the criminal who abducted Brinna twenty years earlier, Brinna and Jack must cast aside previous judgments and combine efforts to catch the kidnapper, and finally allow Brinna the peace stolen from her as a child.
If you enjoy police procedurals with strong female leads, then you will enjoy the well-paced story line of "Critical Pursuit" from author Janice Cantore. Brinna Caruso was abducted as a young girl. Molested, and left to die in the desert, her nightmarish experience and subsequent rescue led her to a career in law enforcement. While her regular assigned duty is that of a patrol officer, she frequently assists in the search and retrieval of lost or kidnapped children. Her partner is her service dog, Hero. When Brinna comes under scrutiny for an officer-involved shooting in which she killed a young man in self-defense, her K-9 duties are temporarily sidelined. She is assigned a new partner, experienced officer Jack O'Reilly. Once respected as a "top cop", Jack has suffered an emotional and spiritual downslide since his wife and unborn child were killed by a drunk driver almost a year ago. He is half-alive, often wishes he was dead, and questions why God would take the life of his wife and child and let the drunk driver who killed them escape with his own life intact. His strongest motivation for staying alive is not his law enforcement career and sense of duty, but the revenge which sears his soul. Brinna lost her faith when she was raped and left for dead in the desert. Even though she is surrounded by well-meaning people of faith, including her own mother, Brinna cannot reconcile the existence of God with the horror she herself experienced and also witnesses in the lives of the young children she has sworn to save. At first, she finds Jack to be strange and melancholy, living up to the stories she has heard that he is "burnt out" and mentally unstable. Brinna and Jack admit to each other that neither of them wanted the other as a partner, but because of their professional dedication, they agree to carry on with their temporary partnership. Eventually, they form a tentative friendship, and respect grows as they spend time together on the job. The man who kidnapped and violated Brinna has long been thought dead, but now cases similar to his method of operation are surfacing once again. As Brinna and Jack work together to locate the monster and bring him to justice, they are also their own questions of faith. They each have issues in their past which they must face and then let go, but will they be able to move past their grief and fears? Is the criminal they seek the man who abducted Brinna, or is he a new threat? If Brinna and Jack replace their doubts with faith, and their fears with hope, what will their futures hold? Look for the follow up book, "Visible Threat", in which Brinna Caruso and Jack O'Reilly are partnered once again.
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