Sunday, August 18, 2013

Critical Pursuit by Janice Cantore

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.

This is the first book in a new series by Janice Cantore.  It looks as if this was originally published several years ago by a different publishing house, but it now being republished by Tyndale Publishing.  

Brinna Caruso has a personal connection to wanting to protect all of the missing and abducted kids, she used to be one herself.  As a young girl, Brinna was abducted and left to die but was miraculously found before she could face certain death.  As the years went by, Brinna kept in touch with the detective that found her and he became a mentor to her.  Now as a police woman handling a search and rescue dog, she has made it her mission in life to find abducted and missing children and to find those accused of doing it.  Jack O'Reilly has lost all drive since he lost his wife.  He's taken a step back into patrol from being a detective just to see if there's anything left in him.  Not only has he lost his motivation at work, he's also turned his back on God and anything to do with religion.  The two of them are paired together and begin to bond over the job, the burnout and their dislike of religion.  As the days continue, Brinna's father's health takes a turn for the worse and a set of twin girls are kidnapped.  Will her father's health improve?  Can they find the girls before something terrible happens?  Who's sending the personal notes to Brinna? Will they ever find a pathway to God?  Some great reading will be in store, when you get up and go BUY THE BOOK!

Every since Janice Cantore burst onto the Christian Fiction scene last year with her first book in the Pacific Coast Justice Series, Accused, I have eagerly awaiting each new book.  Sometimes, I think, it's hard for people with a certain background to impart onto others exactly what it feels like to do their job.  It's hard to portray with an accuracy the ups and downs of a profession without coming across as "talking over my head".  It's a good thing that Janice Cantore isn't the same way.  Even with all of her training and background in police work, she is still able to explain the police procedures in terms that even a simple layman like myself can understand.  I became so involved with Brinna and Jack, not only in their daily patrol, but also as they began to questions each other about their lack of interest in religious and a heavenly father.  

Is this a guy's book?  There are plenty of police procedures, car chases, search and rescue, etc. to keep any guy entertained.  I would definitely rate this as a new series that I will be waiting for each additional book to be published.


A retired Long Beach California police officer of 22 years (16 in uniform and 6 as a non-career officer), Janice Cantore worked a variety of assignments, patrol, administration, juvenile investigations and training. During the course of her career in uniform Janice found that faith was indispensable to every aspect of the job and published articles on faith at work, one for a quarterly newspaper called “Cop and Christ”, and another for the monthly magazine “Today’s Christian Woman”

Janice has bachelor’s degrees in Biology (University of California at Irvine) and Physical Education (California State University at Long Beach).  She also completed graduate coursework in Criminal Justice (University of Southern California) and is currently a member of American Christian Fiction Writer’s and Sisters in Crime.  She attends Crescenta Valley Community Church in La Crescenta California and while a few years ago she retired to a house in the mountains of Southern California, she currently resides in Glendale California in order to help care for her aging parents. Janice is single and has three Labrador Retrievers, Jake, Maggie and Abbie. Janice’s hobbies are reading, cross-stitching, kayaking, hiking, walking the dogs and trying to stay fit.

I received this book from the Tyndale Publishing  in exchange for my honest opinion.

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