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In the Shadow of Evil - eBook
B & H Publishing Group / 2011 / ePub
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Just outside of Lake Charles, Louisiana, Detective Sergeant Maddox Bishop works iun the Criminal Investigative Department, Homicide Division. When the dead body of a building inspector is found in a burnt "Homes of Hope" house, Maddox gets the case. The trail of evidence will lead him into exposing one of the biggest scams of modern day.
Layla Taylor is a contractor in Calcasieu parish, who loves God, her family, and what she does. When Detective Bishop's investigation leads him to her sister's drug-rehab retreat, every defense in her rises to the surface. To prove her sister's business isn't involved with anything illegal or immoral, she joins forces with the man who is against everything she believes in.
Robin Caroll has authored twelve previous books including the Holt Medallion Award of Merit winner, Deliver Us From Evil. She gives back to the writing community by serving as Conference Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. A proud southerner, Robin lives with her husband, three daughters, and two precious grandsons in Arkansas.
Romantic suspense writer Caroll (Fear No Evil) combines detective work ethics with construction site surroundings to build suspense and tension between two unlikely love interests. Homicide detective Maddox Bishop is an emotionally scarred man after entering a crime scene in his own home some 18 years earlier and finding his mother's dead body. Set on never opening his heart to a woman, Maddox can't seem to fight the growing bond developing between himself and a potential wrongdoer, Layla Taylor, a contractor and recent victim of heartbreak. Strong wills clash as the two discover they have to work together to unravel the escalating crimes of violence involving every one of Layla's personal and professional contacts. It takes loss of lives and relinquishment of everything, including significant past grievances toward parents, to move Maddox and Layla beyond bitterness before either can embrace a hopeful future. Caroll's work unfortunately does more telling than showing, and the result is a rather clumsily done wannabe love story that gives readers the facts but no feelings for the characters' plights. (Mar.) Copyright 2011 Reed Business Information.
Robin Caroll's In the Shadow of Evil is a tension-filled story about a hardened homicide detective, a heartbroken contractor, and a building scam that forces this twosome to work together despite their initial mutual dislike. The tangled web of murders, threats, substandard supplies, and disease only becomes worse as Detective Maddox Bishop and Layla Taylor sort out their relationship as well as personal, familial, and spiritual issues.
Layla, a female in the male-dominated world of contracting, is up for a prestigious award until one of her projects is destroyed by an arsonist and a body is found inside the home. Maddox investigates the case, and soon more and more arson-related fires and bombs destroy Layla's projects until she receives a personal threat. Meanwhile, her attraction toward Maddox is growing, but he isnt a Christian. When Layla is right in the heart of danger, Maddox has to learn the true meaning of Psalm 18:2, which says, "The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold."
In the Shadow of Evil has a well-structured plot, leaving the reader guessing constantly. Each page is suspenseful and the characters really come to life through their actions, words, thoughts, and prayers. Caroll does a wonderful job of weaving in technical jargon of the police force without bogging the reader down. Caroll's own beliefs about God and prayer are evident throughout the novel and provide a foundation that translates well from the characters into the readers' lives.
The book, although a somewhat typical romance-filled suspense story, is enjoyable and had me staying up late to read a few more chapters. It'd make a great gift for women of any age, whether retired or entering the workforce, who enjoy fast-moving plots and puzzles to solve. Caitlin Wilson, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
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