Janice CantoreTyndale House / 2018 / Trade PaperbackOur Price$2.995 out of 5 stars for Lethal Target. View reviews of this product. 19 Reviews
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GrandaddyAAge: Over 65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Haunted by the PastJuly 9, 2020GrandaddyAAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Tess O'Rourke was an excellent police chief but not everyone in Rogue's Hollow could see that. Some of them allowed their own pride, ego, and misery blind them to the truth. Tess was not to be deterred in her efforts to find the bad guys and make the town a safe place to live. Driven by her desire to make her father proud even though he had been dead for a number of years, she was always on the job. She was constantly struggling with the question of why her father was killed in the line of duty if there really was a loving God. Her father had been an outstanding police officer who lived a life above reproach. She often asked herself what her father would do in a given situation. The story certainly provides a number of opportunities to ask that question since people are dying or disappearing with some degree of regularity. To really make matters worse, an old nemesis from Long Beach shows up in town and starts stirring up trouble for her among the local citizenry. Packed with action and suspense, the reader needs to be prepared to settle in for a while for the story to unfold, because there are not many places to take a short break. Before one situation is resolved, something else is popping loose. I enjoyed the story in particular because the romance takes a back seat to the suspense. The faith current weaves its way subtly through the pages. I especially like the role played by the pastor of the local community church. He is always available to help anyone who comes to his door. Although he does not think about Tess's rule to Listen, Think, Speak, he certainly does a great job of practicing it.
KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Gripping police proceduralJune 8, 2020KavRCanadaGender: femaleWhat gripping police procedural kind of suspense! It's been a while since I read the first book in Cantore's Line of Duty series but I had no problem picking up with all the Rogue Hollow drama in this one. Having said that, Lethal Target can definitely be read as a standalone novel, so no worries if you aren't familiar with this series.
Book two takes up about six months after Tess's gritty introduction to small town policing. She's established herself as police chief and is just as zealous at protecting her community from the growing drug problem as ever. As a retired Long Beach police officer (22 years service), Cantore brings an authenticity to the policing scenes that add an extra measure of 'umph' to the story.
And what a story this is! Page-turning (or in my case rabid-listening) fiction that held me spellbound. Small town politics clash with Tess's meticulous investigative work and that makes for lots of charged scenes filled with tension and angst. The suspense is incredibly well thought out with so many suspects and potential motives I felt like maybe I should start my own white board breakdown. :-) There's also the subtle hint of romance playing in the background which made my romantical heart so happy.
And huge kudos to the author for incorporating significant faith threads throughout this story. Love, love, love Pastor Oliver and his steady resolve to be the hands and feet of Christ and Tess's faith journey is especially moving.
Plenty of twists and turns and sucker punch 'aha' moments added to the frenetic pace of my read (listen.) Simply outstanding! Heading over to audible to download the final Line of Duty book -- Cold Aim -- right now!
Reenie5 Stars Out Of 5feels very current and authenticJanuary 15, 2019ReenieQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I really enjoyed this suspense novel. Cantore's experience as a police officer shines through making this book feel current, relevant, and authentic. It deals with several modern day issues like the legalization of marijuana and the affects of that, animosity towards police, and sensational/irresponsible journalism. Everything that happened felt believable and I was caught up in the story.
Police Chief Tess O'Rourke is a strong woman whose faith has all but disappeared because of the events in her past. She can't understand how Pastor Oliver can keep holding on to his belief in a good God who cares for His people. When events again get dangerous and even lethal, Tess has to decide who and what she'll lean on. There's a lot of great action and a sense of urgency. It's a great read.
Thank you to Tyndale House for providing me with a complimentary e-copy through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.
The Line of Duty series:
Book 1: Crisis Shot
Book 2: Lethal Target
Book 3: Cold Aim (coming out July 2019)
Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Great Investigative Crime Story!January 12, 2019Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 43.5 stars
" . . barring natural causes, what were the options? Intentional overdose, accidental overdose, or murder."
The curious death of an eighteen year old teen in Rogue Hollow, Oregon has its citizens breathing down the neck of their fairly new police chief, Tess O'Rourke. The crime appears to be drug related, yet the young man's friends vehemently deny that he was a user. After questioning everyone involved, no leads rise to the surface and complaints against the police department continue, only now Tess's nemesis from her previous career in Long Beach, California has arrived in the area determined to stir up all kinds of rumors and innuendos about her capabilities. One of the few people who can center Tess's thinking and fuel her self-confidence is Pastor Oliver Macpherson. But not even the clear headed member of the clergy can protect Tess from becoming a target; the only question remaining is . . . . will it be lethal?
A nicely paced suspense with plenty of room for quality conversations alongside confusing trails of evidence, which serves to keep those conversations flowing. Nicely inserted is the reminder that it's God who promises to gift us with strength and courage, for He remains with us wherever we go.
Meagan Blooming with BookAge: 35-44Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Well worth readingJanuary 5, 2019Meagan Blooming with BookAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Lethal Target
Line of Duty #2
By Janice Cantore
Tess O'Rourke thought the past of Long Beach was behind her now that she has become a part of the community of Rogue's Hollow. The police department is facing a new crisis with the death of an 18-year-old young man that appears to have been due to a drug overdose. But when the evidence doesn't prove conclusive Tess is left with more questions than answers. Is it related to the new pot farms setting up around the area or is it something more sinister? Especially when the bane of her existence in Long Beach shows up ready to start a new smear campaign against her in Rogue's Hollow.
Tess has definitely crossed someone and once again her career is on the line but she's not about to back down and fade into the shadows when she has a job to do. And she does have a job to do when an unexplained death and potential missing persons on her watch. What Tess doesn't know is just how large a target she has on her back and whether she'll survive the threats that seem to be surrounding her.
Through it all, those who know and believe in her stand firm in their support. But with a contention ballot measure and the mayor's race just days away, Rogue's Hollow may soon erupt under the building tension. And Tess is under her own personal turmoil as the anniversary of her father's death comes around yet again - can she let go of the anger and allow her heart to heal? Or will her anger end her friendship with Pastor Oliver Macpherson, who seemingly overcame his own personal loss? Only time will tell and it is quickly running down.
This is the second book in the Line of Duty series and it takes place a few months after the events of Crisis Shot with Tess well-situated in her new home. Her relationship with Sergeant Steve Logan has come and gone in the time between, her choice. Tess's determination and drive make her a compelling character. And then there is Oliver who through his interactions is a caring person who tries to help others see that all sin is sin and all are guilty but redemption is possible and it is never too late to change. Rogue's Hollow is like many smaller communities with issues that seem larger than they truly need to be just because everyone knows everyone and it becomes more personal. Altogether a well-written and engaging book that is perfect for a long chilly weekend.