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Abducted (Pacific Coast Justice Series #2)

Abducted (Pacific Coast Justice Series #2)

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by Janice Cantore

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After solving the mayor’s murder and exposing corruption among the top brass in Las Playas, Carly Edwards is happy to be back on patrol with her partner, Joe, putting bad guys behind bars. For once, everything in life seems to be going right.

But then everything starts going wrong. Slow to recover from an injury, her ex-husband, Nick, begins pulling away


After solving the mayor’s murder and exposing corruption among the top brass in Las Playas, Carly Edwards is happy to be back on patrol with her partner, Joe, putting bad guys behind bars. For once, everything in life seems to be going right.

But then everything starts going wrong. Slow to recover from an injury, her ex-husband, Nick, begins pulling away just as they were starting to get close again. Meanwhile, when Joe’s wife lands in the hospital with a mysterious illness, their baby is kidnapped. As Carly chases down every lead in a desperate search to find the baby, her newfound faith is pushed to its limits.

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By Janice Cantore

Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2012 Janice Cantore
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ISBN: 978-1-4143-5848-2

Chapter One

"I CAN'T BELIEVE it still feels like eighty degrees outside. It's three o'clock in the morning." Carly Edwards bit back a yawn and waved one hand outside the patrol car as she drove up Las Playas Boulevard. The smell of hot pavement permeated the air, and Carly squirmed at the feeling of her undershirt plastered to her body under the stiff Kevlar vest.

"What's the matter? You miss your afternoon shift in juvenile, sitting in air-conditioned comfort?" asked Joe King, her partner, riding shotgun. They'd agreed long ago that the AC was a no-no in the black-and-white while on patrol. Officers needed to hear what was going on outside the car, and that was impossible with the windows up and the AC blowing.

"No way!" She shot a glare at Joe only to find him grinning. "Ha-ha. No matter how hot it gets—or how cold, for that matter—I'll still love graveyard patrol."

Joe settled into his seat. "Well, it's good to have you back. Bet you wish you'd cut your hair. You're probably hot right now."

Running a hand behind her neck, Carly nodded. "I wish I had scissors with me." The hot weather served as a reminder: she needed to cut her hair. No matter how she tied her thick mop back, it was just too hot. She smiled in the semidarkness. Small price to pay for being back where I want to be. She turned the car down an alley and slowed, listening and watching while garages and dark backyards rolled by. The radio stayed quiet.

"I was talking to Todd the other day ...," Carly said.

"Which one? Todd in detectives or Todd out at the academy?"

"Academy, the department historian. Did you know that back in the thirties and forties, they used to call black-and-whites 'prowl cars'? Don't you think that's a great name? Especially for us working graves. That's what we do—prowl."

"Yeah, I like that. Prowling for prowlers," Joe agreed. "Especially this time of the morning—we prowl through empty streets looking for bad guys."

Carly nodded and checked her watch. "Let's do some prowling over at Memorial Hospital. The watch report said there was an uptick in car burgs in the hospital lot. I promised Andrea we'd give the area some extra attention. Maybe we'll get lucky and catch an auto burglar."

"Ah, Andrea the wild woman. Sometimes I wonder how the two of you live together; you're so different."

"So what are you trying to say? I'm boring?" Carly pulled out of the alley and onto a main thoroughfare.

"No, you're just more down-to-earth. You have to admit, Andrea is a player."

"She may be a player, but she's been a good friend. I don't know what I would have done if she hadn't been there for me after the divorce." She shrugged and kept her eyes moving, watching the dark street and quiet businesses. "I've known her since we were five."

Joe grunted. "I'm glad the match works for you."

Carly steered the car toward the hospital and punched the accelerator, enjoying the speed and the empty city streets but distracted by the subject of her roommate. "I will admit, though, there has been some friction between us lately. She's not happy Nick and I are talking about reconciling." Carly frowned and chewed on her bottom lip. In fact, it seems to make Andrea downright angry.

"Maybe she's afraid you'll get hurt again."

Carly slowed the unit as they reached the hospital parking lot. She cast a sidelong glance at Joe. He was looking out his window.

"Is it just Andrea who's afraid for me, or does that go for you, too?" She clicked off the headlights and settled into a five-mile-per-hour crawl through the sparsely filled lot, watching carefully for any movement.

"Yeah, I guess it goes for me, too. I like Nick and everything—he's a great cop—but I remember how much he hurt you. Are you sure you want to take that chance again?"

Simultaneously they turned to face one another. Carly read the concern in his eyes before she turned back to concentrate on the lot. But instead of seeing cars, she began replaying the first date she'd had with Nick after he was released from the hospital. He'd decided to court her as though they'd just met and to treat her with a respect and tenderness that took her breath away. "I'll prove I'm a new man, worthy of your trust and admiration, a trust I'll never betray again," he'd said just before he kissed her good night. As his lips touched hers, his words warmed her heart and she forgot about all the bad baggage in their history.

"I've told you, I believe he's changed," Carly said to Joe. "I've changed too. We're Christians now." She wished the conviction in her voice would infuse her heart. Inside, she winced because Nick had been distant lately. A couple of weeks after that wonderful date, he began pulling away, and she was at a loss as to why. And we've been through so much. The last sixteen months flashed through Carly's mind: Nick's affair, their split, the murder case that brought them back together, and the shooting that left Nick with a gimpy hip.

"Well," Joe said, "all I know is that Nick is lucky you'll give him the time of day, let alone a reconciliation."

"I'd be happy to explain the Christian ..." Something caught her eye. She stopped the unit. They were in the last parking row, facing the security building on the fringe of the hospital's property.

"You see something?" Joe shifted forward in his seat.

"Yes, I'm sure I saw a light flash across the window there." She pointed to the left side of the building in front of them.

The pair stared into the darkness at the small, one-story building, the only noise the steady hum of the Chevy's engine and an occasional squeak of leather gear.

"Look! Did you see it?" Carly hissed the question in an excited whisper as her heart rate quickened. She turned the car off.

"I saw it." Joe picked up the radio mike. "Adam-7, show us out at Memorial Hospital, possible burglary in progress in the security offices on the southwest portion of the parking lot."

He replaced the mike, and they both waited to hear the dispatcher acknowledge the transmission. Several units answered to assist. Carly nodded to Joe, and they quietly got out of the car.

"I saw it twice more," she whispered without taking her eyes off the building. "You go north; I'll take south."

They parted and came at the building from different directions, each using the few cars and trees in the lot for cover. As Carly approached the southeast corner, a car parked on the side of the building came into view. The vehicle was tucked away where a vehicle didn't belong, in an enclosure reserved for Dumpsters.

When she cleared the corner of the building, more of the car became visible, and she could make out a faint silhouette of someone behind the wheel. Frowning, she squinted, trying to see better in the darkness. If there was someone behind the wheel, he or she was short. A kid?

She jerked her radio from its holder. Whoever it was, he didn't belong here, and she could read the license plate.

"Adam-7, there's a car—"

The car's engine roared to life. In a cacophony of grinding gears and squealing tires, it lurched backward, straight for Carly.

"Carly!" Joe called her name as she dove into a planter, out of the car's path but still close enough to feel its exhaust as the driver ground the gears into first and screeched forward, away from the lot. Carly fumbled for her radio while Joe ran to her side.

She held a hand up to indicate she was okay and keyed her radio to hail dispatch. "Adam-7, we have a possible burglary suspect fleeing from our location, now northbound on California Ave. It's a small, gray, compact vehicle, license plate 3-Tom-King-Adam-4-6-3."

The taillights sped north toward the freeway.

"Are you okay?" Joe leaned down to help her out of the bushes.

"Yeah, just a few scratches." Carly brushed her uniform off and found no significant damage, only a muddy knee.

The sound of sirens split the air, and the radio told them assisting units had picked up the fleeing vehicle and were now in pursuit.

"I hope they get him," Carly sighed, more than a little disappointed they weren't in a car speeding after the burglar. She jerked a thumb toward the building and spoke in a soft tone to Joe. "Whoever had the light on in there did not have time to get in that car."

Joe nodded in agreement. "Let's finish checking the building."

Carly kept one ear tuned to the pursuit on the radio while she and Joe turned their attention to the security building.

"Look." Joe pointed with one hand and drew his weapon with the other. There was a screen on the ground under an open window. If someone had climbed into the building through this window, then that person was still inside.

The partners lowered the volume on their radios. Carly drew her gun and stepped to one side of the garbage enclosure while Joe took the other end.

From her position she had a clear view of the window. Patiently she watched. Joe was closer to the building, and she could see him straining to hear if there was someone moving around inside. In a few minutes their vigilance was rewarded, and Joe signaled her that he'd heard something. Carly tightened the grip on her gun.

A bag appeared in the window. Gloved hands shoved the bag out. It dropped to the ground and landed softly near the screen.

Carly looked at Joe and held a finger to her lips. They both trained their weapons on the opening. A man poked his head out the window and looked to the left and the right. Carly held her breath, but she knew she and Joe were well concealed. The man then pushed his entire torso out the window. Head down, he twisted and swung his legs to the left out the long, thin opening. With a push, a little twist, and a whispered curse, the burglar let go of the sill and dropped the short distance to the ground next to the bag. His back was to Carly and Joe, and when he turned, Joe made their presence known.

"Police! Keep your hands where we can see them." Their flashlights pinned the man in strong, bright light.

The burglar jumped and raised his hands in the air. "Don't shoot; don't shoot! I got nothing!"

Carly sensed a combination of fear and surprise in the man's voice. He thought we'd left to chase his buddy.

Two assisting units roared into the lot, and the area was awash in more light from both headlights and spotlights. Joe and Carly took the man into custody. Carly led him to their patrol car while Joe contacted hospital security to open the building so they could conduct a thorough search.

Sweat poured down the crook's face. He smelled like a noxious mixture of cigarettes and dirty sweat socks. She leaned him against the patrol car and emptied his pockets on the hood on the off chance there was something from the security offices on his person. All she found was a filthy nylon wallet, a pack of cigarettes, a lighter, and some change. Once certain he wasn't in possession of anything else, she seated him in the back of the unit. Next, she emptied the contents of the bag he'd thrown out the window. Turning on the spotlight, she illuminated everything and surveyed what the thief had seen fit to steal.

The bag was full of papers, spreadsheets. Carly frowned, muttering, "This makes no sense." There were no valuable trinkets, just papers with names and times. As she read more carefully, she saw that the sheets were schedules outlining the strength and positioning of hospital security personnel. She looked back at the crook in the car, and he looked away. He was a skinny, dirty man with the ruined teeth of a speed freak. Carly opened his wallet and retrieved a driver's license. His name was Stanley Harper, and he was thirty years old, a resident of Las Playas.

She sat in the passenger seat of the patrol car and keyed Stanley's information into the computer to check for warrants. Her search brought up two hits.

"Mr. Harper, did you know you have two outstanding traffic warrants?" Carly spoke to the man through the custody cage, looking over her left shoulder while she talked. "And you just got off parole for—surprise of surprises—burglary. Doesn't look like you've learned your lesson."

"I ain't saying nothing. I want to call my lawyer."

Carly flinched at words she hated to hear. Now she couldn't ask him about the spreadsheets.

"You know the drill. As soon as you're processed, you can call Santa Claus if you want."

"My lawyer will do. I'll be out before you finish your paperwork."


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libraryboy More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the "Pacific Coast Justice" series by Janice Cantore. I had already read the first book, "Accused" and hounded Ms. Cantore to let me read "Abducted" and post a review about it. Since I'm such a great reviewer ( a legend in my own mind), she graciously accepted my request. Carly is back and still getting the feel for her new christian body that she put on in the last book. Her relationship with Nick is improving, but there is still some friction between them. Carly is out patroling with her partner when they get a call to head to the hospital. They find out that her partner's wife and 4-month old baby have been taken to the hospital and his wife is unconscious. While they are tending to his wife, his son is taken upstairs for precaution. Overnight, the unthinkable happens. His son is kidnapped right out of the hospital. Thus begins a never ending search to find her partner's son, all the while tending to her relationship with Nick. Along the way, Carly stumbles upon an FBI surveillance on a person of interest in the baby kidnapping case. Nick begins pushing her away and reporter Alex is beginning to lend a supportive ear to her friendship. Her roommate is suspended for her role in the kidnapping, and now she's moving out on Carly. Do they find the baby? Will Andrea really move out? What's going on with Nick? What is Alex's angle in this? How in the world does ICE get involved? Where is the God that she has so recently been placing all of her faith in? WHEW! If that's not enough to get you interested in this series, you have some serious problems! Ms. Cantore does a great job with her character of Carly. For Carly to be such a young Christian, she sure puts her faith in action. I love that Carly has such intimate discussions with God as she attempts to make sense of the things that are happening around her. I also enjoyed seeing how she molded the relationship between Carly and Nick throughout this book. Their relationship was definitely on a roller coaster as he struggled to deal with his injury and what it means for his future. The police procedures are so realistic, I appreciate it when an author does all of the extra research that gives me a little bit of knowledge and learning, all while I'm enjoying a book. The dilemmas that the characters get themselves into are all settled in believable ways. For example, the simple fact that she had the character of Joe shown as struggling between being out there looking for his son and being at the hospital to care for his wife was very believable. She gave him the solution of staying with his wife and trusting that his friends on the force would find his son. That's a great character trait that should be followed! Is this a "guy's book"? There's no question about it. This book has police chases, arson, car wrecks, FBI, human trafficking, etc. If you would ever want adventure and intrigue, this book and series is definitely for you!
Zadok55 More than 1 year ago
I was very impressed with the characters in the author's story. It is well written and keeps you interested in reading more. The story is well written also, and being a Christian I like how she was able to bring the gospel message in her story. Even if you are not a Christian I believe you will enjoy this book just from the good story line. Mike Swain
VicG More than 1 year ago
Janice Cantore in her new book, “Abducted” Book Two in the Pacific Coast Justice series published by Tyndale House Publishers brings us another adventure with Detective Carly Edwards. From the Back Cover: After solving the mayor’s murder and exposing corruption among the top brass in Las Playas, Carly Edwards is happy to be back on patrol with her partner, Joe, putting bad guys behind bars. For once, everything in life seems to be going right. But then everything starts going wrong. Slow to recover from an injury, her ex-husband, Nick, begins pulling away just as they were starting to get close again. Meanwhile, when Joe’s wife lands in the hospital with a mysterious illness, their baby is kidnapped. As Carly chases down every lead in a desperate search to find the baby, her newfound faith is pushed to its limits. Get ready for excitement as Carly Edwards runs into the FBI and a kidnapping that’s personal. Someone broke into the hospital while Joe’s wife was being looked after and kidnapped their son. Ms. Canore is a retired Long Beach California police officer of 22 years. She did what she now makes Carly do and her experience shines through the pages. “Abducted” is a thriller with all kinds of excitement and danger. It is also a romance as Carley and, her ex, Nick are trying to reconcile their relationship and work out their new faith together. Janice Cantore knows how to weave a captivating story with wonderful characters that breathe. I enjoyed reading this book and look forward to the next book from Ms. Cantore in this series. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Maciemollysdad More than 1 year ago
Another excellent book in the "Pacific Coast Justice" series.  Janice Cantore has such an excellent writing style & a knack for writing great stories with believable characters.  I had a hard time putting this book down.  I can't wait to read the 3rd book in this series!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really well written. Great mix of mystery, good and bad guys , with reality mixed in. Nice reading about police having faith in God. The Christianity was believable abd not over done/rote like. Once started, hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the plot and was reading rapidly until I realized all the religious content. There should be something which advises that this has a Christian storyline. If I wanted to read religion, I would read the Bible. I thought the mystery was good, but was upset that I had to read all the unnecessary devotional stuff. If you like Christian content, this book is for you. I would have preferred a warning! I like to know beforehand what I am getting!
nelfast 6 months ago
Carly Edwards is a member of the Las Playas Police Department. She is back in full force after solving the mayor’s murder and exposing corruption among the top brass in the city. There is a lot going on in Carly’s life. She is trying to reconcile with her ex-husband Nick, but unfortunately he seems to be pulling away especially since he feels his recovery in dragging on. Her partner Joe faces a disaster when his wife is taken to the hospital with an unexplained illness. Their 4-month old son, A.J. was also in the hospital. Andrea, who is a nurse at the hospital and Carly’s roommate seems very distant and definitely has opposing beliefs. The only thing that keeps Carly going is she believes in prayer and God’s helping hand. As if things couldn’t get any worse A.J., Joe’s son was abducted from the hospital. Carly jumps head first in finding A.J. She is faced with many so many trials; it puts her faith to the test. Will they find A.J.? Will Carly and Nick work out their problems? How is the reporter Alex involved? Why is the FBI involved? Perhaps it is something bigger than Carly ever dreamed. Pick up a copy of Abducted and find the answers to all of these questions and many more. My thoughts: I truly enjoyed this book; I had a hard time putting it down. I wanted to see what was going to happen next. Janice Cantore did a wonderful job developing all of the characters. I felt like I was right there with them! I highly recommend this book, you will not be sorry! Tyndale provided me with a complimentary copy of the book. The opinions I expressed are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Police drama, faith based, 248 pages (dw)
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I hope this book is good i got the sample so hopefully it gets me stared
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J4Life5 More than 1 year ago
This book picks up four months after Accused (book one) in this series leaves off. Carly is out of juvenile duty, back on patrol with her old partner, and reconciling with her ex-husband Nick. After her partner's baby is taken from the hospital, Carly is thrust into a new investigation, trying to find out what happened and find the baby before it is too late. I didn't like this book as well as the first one. The parts I liked the best were where the author referred back to characters and events from the first book, which moved more quickly than this one and held my interest. I think the characters had more depth in the first book, and the plot was more interesting. I wanted to like this book as much as the first one, but I just didn't. If you are a big fan of police drama, you might enjoy this book. Also, if you absolutely fell in love with Carly from the first book and want to find out what happens next in her life, you might enjoy this book. It just didn't do anything for me.
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I couldn't put this book down.
TINKERBELLREADS More than 1 year ago
Abducted kept me interested in what would happen next. I really liked the Christian inputm We do need to trust in God!
iblog4books More than 1 year ago
Abducted is another solid read from Janice Cantore. The suspense / mystery elements were strong. I was so curious as to how the various cases were going to pull together in the end. I was just sure they would! I think I liked Carly better in this novel than in the first one ... maybe because I felt like she'd grown quite a bit and her faith really shined through. The romance was a little "light" in this as Nick and Carly are still navigating their rocky relationship, but I thought the relationship itself was interesting. Fans of mystery / suspense / police procedurals will surely enjoy Abudcted! [4.5 stars] I was not asked to review this book. I offer my review freely. All opinions expressed are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very good book, easy to read and follow!  Great story line!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read, exciting and well worth the read!
Julie12 More than 1 year ago
I have always enjoyed a good mystery book and this story does not disappoint. I have found myself pulling more and more away from the main-stream mysteries because of the gore and sexuality in most of the books. "Abducted" was a wonderful story without all that stuff. This story had lots of twists and turns and just when I thought I had it figured out, something new would happen to pull me into the mystery of the story again. I really liked how the author wove the faith of Carly and Nick into the story in a real way. They are new believers who are finding their way. They are not who they were and are still figuring out who they are. It was believable to those of us who remember those days of living our lives in a new way for the Lord. I also liked the complexity of Nick and Carly's relationship. Divorced because of his infedelity, they are working toward a reconciliation, however, Nick's injury keeps him pushing Carly away. I kept wondering if I really wanted them to get together at times. I also liked the relationship between Carly and her room-mate, Andrea, who lives a wild life that Carly finds hard to accept. Because of Carly's faith, Andrea starts to turn on her because she thinks all Christian's are hypocrites and judgemental. The author delves deeper into this issue as the book goes on and it was very real. The kidnapping of baby A.J. keeps you riveted to the book in hopes that he is found alive and healthy. So many twists and turns in the pursuit of the kidnapper keep you on the edge of your seat. There are also questions about loyalty within the department that are finally answered at the end of the book in a very dramatic way. All in all, I really enjoyed this book. If you like mysteries and/or police dramas with a touch of relationship thrown in, you'll love this book. I really enjoyed it and it was one of those books I had a hard time putting down. I highly recommend it. *This book was provided to me by Tyndale for my honest review
lunatikchik More than 1 year ago
Was an ok read, had the bad guy into a few too many criminal activities and was confusing on many instances, with him as well as the main good gal character. Writing was about average I suppose. Not one I would have purchased though, so glad I had gotten this one on a freebie day. While had a christian slant, wasn't in-depthly so, though may have been a bit much for non-christians.
inspiremichelle More than 1 year ago
Abducted: 2 {Pacific Coast Justice} by Janice Cantore This book is a Christian crime fiction. It is action packed, fast paced and full of inspiration. Carly patrol partner Joe’s baby is abducted. When Joe’s wife and son are admitted to the hospital baby AJ is kidnapped. The kidnapper has ties to their burglary case they were working on. During the investigation they discover bigger crimes. Carly is a new Christian who divorced her ex husband after his infidelity. Nick and Carly are trying to piece their lives and marriage back together. They face issues of forgiveness, trust, and being able to communicate with each other. The author’s faith really comes through in this book. The characters struggles inspire the readers to take a closer look at their own faith issues. They experience real life conflict many Christian are faced with. Janice Cantore uses her experience as a police officer to give readers a first hand view of police protocol. We are given glimpses of the danger policemen and women face on a daily bases. If you like mystery, suspense and a little romance then this is the book for you. I highly recommend it and can’t wait to read another in this series.