I couldn't say enough good things about the first book in this series, Fear has a Name. And honestly the same is true with this book.
From the beginning chapters you are thrown into the whirlwind of some kind of big cover-up for a major factory. Someone is working hard to make sure no one finds out anything. People or missing, dyeing or coming close to death.
If you read the first book you will be familiar with Granger Meade, the guy that stalked and then kidnapped Jack's wife. He is released from prison and is showing up in there lives again. This is added tension to an already tense book.
Jack is struggling to forgive Granger, while Pam wants to believe the best. Can Jack forgive Granger for what he did? How far can forgiveness stretch? Has Granger really changed? Does he love Jesus?
To get the answers you will have to read the book. You won't be sorry you invested time in this one, it is well worth it.
A copy of this book was given to my by the publisher through Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
Jack(investigative reporter for a newspaper) takes his car to the garage and hears that his mechanic is sick and showing the same symptoms that killed his wife. Jack is asked by the mechanic's sons to investigate. The more Jack discovers the more it looks like a cover-up and people start disappearing, having accidents, murdered. Meanwhile Jack and his wife have grown in different directions since her abduction in book one. Pamela has trusted in God and forgiven her abductor. No the same with Jack. His bitterness has put a wedge between him and God. He even goes so far to buy a guy and keeps it strapped to his ankle.
I identified with this story because I'm from a small town in the South that had a chemical company that swore there was no harm. It was there before I was born & I now have grandchildren. It came out that our small town had the highest cancer and handicapped children born than any of place in the US per capita. I wasn't sure how I would like this book when I first started it but wanted to see how the situation was handled. This is the first book I've read by Creston Mapes and it won't be the last. There is action, suspense, twists, turns, murder and forgiveness. There's a surprise for you too. I had a hard time putting it down and it kept my interest with the fast paced storyline, the characters were like most people. They are heroes because they push through their fear. I didn't read the first book and I was able to keep up with the continued storyline. There is enough background information to let you know what happened without telling the whole story from book one.
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Jack Crittendon has a new mission, as an investigative reporter for The Dispatch, he is turning the tables on the man he just interviewed Leonard Bendickson III, CEO of Demler-Vargas, the fiberglass manufacturer in Trenton City. Since taking the helm as CEO thirteen years ago, Bendickson has steered the Fortune 500 company to unfathomable heights. The $7.9 billion corporation has consistently surpassed Wall Streets expectations on its way to becoming one of the world's most prolific manufacturers of fiberglass - all kinds of fiberglass. Although Demler-Vargas has been the subject of complaints about air pollution from Trenton City neighbors over the years, Bendickson insists the company has worked diligently to comply with OSHA and the EPA.
But there is something sinister and unsettling when Jack discovers that those around him that he knows are dying from similar symptoms. He wondered just what the truth was. Were pollutants from Demler-Vargas hurting employees and neighbors? Were they what killed Travis Randall's mother and made his father, Galen sick? But if Demler-Vargas was hiding something, wouldn't OSHA and the EPA caught on and stopped them? Was Bendickson lying, or was he running a clean shop as he claims?
The more Jack tries to uncover the truth, the more it seems that someone is out to make sure those secrets stay buried. When it gets personal however, and his wife and mother-in-law become victims of a random car accident, Jack begins to dig deeper into the truth. He is aided by Derrick Whittaker, on of Jack's best friends who has been assigned that beat and together they slowly begin to uncover things that don't make sense, especially when their editor, Cecil Barton, will only allow them to spend no more than a hour a day working on this investigation. He seems to think that in the past, Amy Sheets has tried to do much the same thing, but now has moved away to be closer to her aging parents and discovered nothing. But is that really the reason why she is no longer working at the office?
I received Poison Town by Creston Mapes compliments of David C. Cook Publishers and Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed are strictly my own. This could be any real company today as chemicals continue to surface in our food sources and water supplies that are being linked to certain types of cancer and illness that seem to multiply the closer people come to living next to these manufacturing plants. In this case, it is more than just the poisons from the fiberglass plant that are infecting people, it's also greed and justice that are tearing families and businesses apart. But will Jack's now dormant faith come to light in time to save them all or will he fall victim to the same fate as everyone else? You'll have to pick this one up to find out. This is the second novel in the Crittendon Files and I'd rate this one a 4 out of 5 stars. The first novel in the series is Fear Has No Name in which the reader gains insight into the back story of the issues between Jack and his wife.
"Poison Town" is the second book in The Crittendon Files. I love a good mystery, and this one has definitely met that criteria! The story contains a wide variety of realistic issues involving crime, alcoholism, balancing family and work, forgiveness, and wondering how much God is really involved in ones day to day lives.
Creston Mapes not only deals with all those big issues, but he also adds suspense, suspicion, secrets and mystery. There are so many questions. Not enough answers. Who can you trust? Who might betray you? Or try to kill you to keep you quiet? What if you are wrong and cause harm to an innocent person?? Find out the answers to all these questions by reading "Poison Town." I believe a person would be able to understand this book without reading the first one, but why? The first book in the series, "Fear has a Name" is also a great read.
I received this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
This is the second in The Crittendon Files. In the first novel, Fear Has a Name, Jack Crittendon went after the man who kidnapped his wife.
Now Jack, a reporter for a newspaper, is after a story his editor is reluctant to let him investigate. There is a major industry in the city that doesn't want the story printed at all. It looks like they will stop Jack from exposing their deadly greed no matter the cost.
This is a great novel that follows Jack on two levels. The first is his investigative work uncovering the deadly practices of a fiberglass manufacturing company in Trenton City. When Jack drops off his car to be repaired at a shop near the fiberglass plant, he finds out from his friends Travis and LJ that their dad is sick. The men are sure it is the same thing that killed their mom. The fiberglass manufacturer. Jack sets off to find the truth.
Underneath this level of the story is Jack's attitude toward the man who kidnapped his wife, Pam. Granger is out of prison, is being discipled by Evan and claims to be a new man. (See Fear Has a Name for the background on these people.) Pam has managed to forgive Granger but Jack struggles. He's not reading his Bible very much anymore. When Pam confronts Jack on his attitude, he realizes his unforgiveness is affecting his marriage and his trust in God.
This is a well written novel (better than the first in the series). Pam has matured as a character. She is a stronger woman because of her experience. Jack is dragging his feet. It takes some serious action to get him to the place he needs to be with his wife and with God.
There is plenty of suspense involved. Everyday people turn out to be bold and willing to pursue the truth. I was impressed with how Pam's mother rises to her responsibility.
And there is a little humor too. Travis and LJ, Jack's car repair friends, are quirky guys. They are devoted to their pappy and their friends. They bring a little levity and a "down home" attitude to a serious novel.
This is a great suspenseful continuation of Jack's story. You might be able to read this book on its own but would miss much without knowing the events from Fear Has a Name.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.