Critical Pursuit (Critical Pursuit Series #1)

Critical Pursuit (Critical Pursuit Series #1)

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by Janice Cantore

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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


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.

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By Janice Cantore

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Seventy-four percent of abducted children who are murdered are dead within three hours of the abduction.

The grim statistic rumbled around in K-9 Officer Brinna Caruso's brain like a hand grenade without the pin. There was no evidence that six-year-old Josh Daniels had been abducted, yet the statistic taunted her.

Brinna and her K-9, Hero, a four-year-old Labrador retriever, were part of a team of officers fanned out across El Dorado Park, the largest city park in Long Beach, California, searching for Josh. He'd disappeared from an afternoon family picnic two and a half hours ago.

The huge park successfully created the illusion of wilderness, dense in some places, open in others. There were a thousand places to hide—or be hidden. Brinna normally loved the park, the smell of pine trees and nature, the illusion of pristine innocence and safety. Today all she could think about was how quickly innocence could be lost or, worse, stolen.

Hero trotted ahead on a well-beaten path, panting in the summer heat. Brinna and Officer Maggie Sloan followed a few feet behind. Maggie had left her partner back at the picnic site with the boy's family.

"You are so intense it's scary," Maggie said.

"What?" Brinna glanced from Hero to Maggie, who regarded her with a bemused expression. She wasn't just another officer; she was Brinna's confidante and best friend on the force.

"I'm just keeping an eye on my dog," Brinna explained, wiping her forehead with the back of her hand. "He's definitely following a scent."

"That's good news, isn't it?" Maggie asked. "It means we should find the boy. Why the frown?"

Brinna shrugged. "I want to find a boy and not a body."

"Harrumph." Maggie waved a hand dismissively. "There's no indication Josh was snatched. The best guess is he got lost playing hide-and-seek. El Dorado is to parks what Disneyland is to carnivals. He could be anywhere. You always imagine the worst where kids are concerned."

Brinna gritted her teeth. "Because you know as well as I do, if a kid is abducted, the chances are overwhelming that they will be a victim of murder."

Jaw set, Brinna returned her full attention to the dog. She'd had this conversation before, with Maggie and others, almost every time a child went missing. The guys on her team liked to say that since Brinna didn't believe there was a God watching out for kids, she'd given herself the job.

"The operative word is if. You're such a glass-is-half-empty person." Maggie slapped Brinna's shoulder with the back of her hand. "What about the ones found alive? Elizabeth Smart, Shawn Hornbeck, Brinna Caruso?"

"For every three of us rescued, there're nine who die," Brinna shot back. "You know my goal is 100 percent saved."

Maggie snorted in exasperation. "All the time you spend riding rail on registered sex offenders and monitoring any missing kid case flagged suspicious." She shook her head and wagged an index finger. "You can't save them all."

Brinna said nothing, hating that truth. Hero came to a stop, and like dominoes, so did Brinna and then Maggie.

"Maybe I can't save them all," Brinna conceded to Maggie. "But it certainly won't be for a lack of trying."

Maggie followed Brinna's gaze to Hero, then turned back to her friend and smiled. "You sure earn your nickname, Kid Crusader."

Brinna watched the dog. His nose up, testing the air, Hero trotted off in a more determined fashion than before. When he caught a scent, the hackles on the back of his neck rose ever so slightly. Brinna felt her own neck tingle as if there were a sympathetic connection between her and the dog.

"He's got something stronger." She stepped up her pace after Hero, Maggie on her heels.

They jogged to the left, into an area thick with tall pines and full oaks. After about a hundred feet, Hero barked and sat, turning toward Brinna. It was his practiced alert signal. Brinna's heart caught in her throat. If her dog had just found Josh, the boy wasn't moving; in fact, he wasn't even standing.

She followed the dog's gaze to a pile of leaves and held her breath.

When she heard muffled sniffling coming from the leaves, Brinna exhaled, rolling her eyes in relief. Then she saw the toe of a small tennis shoe sticking out. The boy was hiding. Turning to Maggie, she pointed at the shoe. Maggie smiled.

Brinna spoke to the quivering mass. "Josh, Josh Daniels. It's the police. Is that you?"

A half sob and an intake of breath emanated from the pile. The leaves moved, and a dirty-faced blond boy peered out at her.

"The po-police?" He cast an eye toward Hero. "That's not a coyote coming to eat me?"

Kneeling, Brinna bit back a chuckle. The boy's fear was plausible. He'd wandered into a particularly dense section of the park. The only things absent were dangerous animals. She understood a lost boy's imagination getting the best of him.

"Nope, it's my dog, Hero. Hero is a police dog. He doesn't eat little boys. He helped me find you."

Josh sat up and the leaves fell away, revealing a little boy smudged with sweat, soil, and grime. He sniffled. "I was playing and I got lost. I called and called, but my mom didn't come. Then I heard noises. I was afraid of wild animals, so I hid."

"Well, your mom and dad sent us to find you," Maggie said. "Are you ready to go home?"

Josh nodded vigorously and stood, brushing off dirt and leaves as he did so. "Can I pet your dog?" he asked Brinna, the tears already drying.

"Sure," Brinna said as she stood, ignoring the triumphant smirk Maggie shot her. Brinna pulled out her handheld radio and notified the command post that the situation was code 4, all over and resolved. "We're on our way out."

Brinna smiled as she took the boy's hand. "Do you like Beanie Babies, Josh?"

He looked up at her and nodded.

"I've got one for you in the car," she said with a smile as the statistic tumbling around in her mind disappeared in a poof, like a dud.

* * *

"Officer Caruso, Officer Caruso!"

Brinna groaned. Tracy Michaels, the local police beat reporter, was hailing her. Brinna had almost made it to her car avoiding all contact with the press. She wished Maggie were still with her. Maggie always knew how to talk to the press. But Maggie was with her partner, seeing to the happy family reunion.

"Officer Caruso! I have the okay for an interview."

Brinna stopped at her K-9 unit, a black-and-white Ford Explorer, and turned, counting to ten so she didn't say anything she'd regret. Reporters only wanted bad news. They thrived on tragedy. She faced Michaels, a young, eager woman who approached with a pad and pen in her right hand.

"Tracy, we found the kid in a pile of leaves, alive and unmolested—not much excitement in that story."

The reporter shook her head. "I don't want to talk about Josh Daniels. I want to talk about your upcoming anniversary."

"My anniversary?" Brinna frowned.

"Don't tell me you don't mark the day in some special fashion," Tracy said, hands on her hips. "Next week, it will be twenty years to the day that you were rescued after being abducted."


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dgottreu More than 1 year ago
Critical Pursuit by Janice Cantore is a great book with a lot of suspense woven into the story. The main character is Brinna Caruso, the one person in the police department to call when a child is kidnapped. When Brinna was six she was kidnapped but fortunately she was found and now that she is a police officer, she and her K-9 search dog will let nothing stop them from searching for missing children no matter what the cost. Jack O’Reilly lost his wife a year ago when her car was hit by a drunk driver. Jack worked in homicide but he is no longer in the department due to his state of mind and his overwhelming desire for revenge against the drunk driver. Jack is assigned to be Brinna’s partner on patrol duty and this causes some tense moments between the two. Brinna is not sure that she can depend on Jack if trouble arises and he is not sure that he can hold up his end of the partnership. A man who fits the description of the man who kidnapped Brinna surfaces and this greatly adds to her problems for she is determined to capture the man and see that he receives the justice he deserves. Janice Cantore is a retired Long Beach, California, police officer and is well qualified to write a great story that keeps one sitting on the edge of their chair or chewing on their fingernails. I really like the way that the author developed the characters to let the reader know exactly what they were thinking and feeling. Each character was so well developed that they became real people. Due to her career in police work, the dialogue rings true and is interesting to read. Her description of the action scenes was so real that I was right there in the middle of what was happening. The story is filled with lots of suspense that kept me turning the pages to see what would happen next. At the beginning of the book, Brinna and Jack are both fighting against God and His love and are unwilling to forgive others, but as the story develops, their hearts start to soften. I especially like that the author wrote a true to life police novel and did so without using profanity or vulgarity. In spite of all the terrible things that happen in the story, it does have a happy ending. The following links are provided for readers interested in more information about this book and the author. If you would like to read the first chapter it is available as a PDF. Other items that may be of interest are the author’s photo, Janice Cantore’s website, Janice Cantore on Facebook, and you can visit Janice on her blog. I highly recommend this book to everyone who likes a great police story that contains a lot of suspense and has a good ending. Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Crisp writing style...loved the story and characters. A book you can get lost in. Story line didn't drag on, which I greatly appreciated. Will read more from this author. CherishD
iblog4books More than 1 year ago
Critical Pursuit is a fantastic book! Of course, I'm a fan of suspense novels and have enjoyed Janice Cantore's previous books, but this one was my favorite so far! The book is a bit grittier than her previous books (but nothing over the top). I was totally caught up in the police drama, and all of the personal drama just added to my enjoyment of the book. Cantore found the perfect balance for Brinna's character. She was so anti-God and obsessed with her work (which sometimes makes a character easy to dislike). However, she was so personable that I found myself rooting for her early on. Jack was similar. I felt his raw emotions and couldn't help but want the best for him ... even if he was a little "off" at times. If you enjoy police dramas, I think you'll love Critical Pursuit! [4.5 stars] * Note: This book was previously published as The Kevlar Heart. I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale House in exchange for my fair and honest review.
Miss_CindyH More than 1 year ago
Janice Cantore is an author I discovered a short while back. Her fiction is centered on police cases as she is a retired police officer. In Critical Pursuit it begins with the main character, Brinna being abducted. Obviously as the main character she is rescued. Jump ahead to her being an adult and her role is to find other girls that have been abducted. Brinna is driven and sometimes impetuous. Her struggles and the story line are realistic. Her K-9 partner, Hero is perfect for her as he doesn't have issues! However she is partnered with Jack for a short time and they realize they both have issues. The book sets itself up for a series with Brinna and Jack still undecided about a future together. The case however is neatly wrapped up before the end of the book. I am already enjoying #2 in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book. I liked the whole aspect of a K9 cop and her mission of finding missing kids. Especially since she was abducted herself when she was age six. This is our March book club book, anxious to hear what the others thought of it. Good story line, decent characters.
SweetPea_3 More than 1 year ago
Jack and Brinna are both hurting, anxious people. Brinna was abducted and left for dead as a child and is out to recover as many lost children as possible and stop pedophiles in their tracks. It's a mission for her, in fact pretty much her whole life. Jack lost his wife a year ago, and is filled with hate for the perpetrator and wants revenge. The court date is coming up, but will justice be enough to help him let go and live in the present? This is the first of a series so not everything is wrapped up neat and tidy. It's also not an easy book to read, with the subject matter being chasing down pedophiles and wanting revenge on the man who murdered your wife, but it's well written, and Janice Cantore knows what she's talking about when it comes to writing about police work as she was a police officer for 22 years. This experience and in depth knowledge really comes through in the story. I generally prefer a series where each book is a separate story of its own, but I will definitely read the next book in this series.  I received this book from Tyndale House for the purpose of an honest review. My opinion is my own. Thank you Tyndale House.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Janice Cantore in her new book, “Critical Pursuit” Book One in the Brinna Caruso series published by Tyndale House Publishers introduces us to Officer Brinna Caruso From the Back Cover:  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. For me if someone is abducted or kidnapped then they desperately need a hero to come and rescue them.  Welcome Brinna Caruso and her K-9 search and rescue dog, Hero.  These two will stop at nothing to find a missing child, Brinna has a personal fire-she was abducted as a child.  Jack O’Reilly is Brinna’s new human partner and they have quite a few issues to iron out before they can really operate as a team.  However they are going to have to do the ironing quickly because there is a possibility that the person who abducted Brinna is back and she has a score to settle.  ”Critical Pursuit” is how you define exciting!  Ms. Cantore is a retired Long Beach California police officer of 22 years.  She did what she now makes Brinna do and her experience shines through the pages.  ”Critical Pursuit” is a thriller with all kinds of excitement and danger.  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 in this exciting series from Ms. Cantore. 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.”
libraryboy More than 1 year ago
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. I received this book from the Publisher, Tyndale Publishing, in exchange for my honest review.
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JennieWren More than 1 year ago
Trusting God for the answers Critical Pursuit opens with a quick scene from 20 years in the past, of an abducted girl being rescued. Brinna Caruso is that little girl, grown up and now a police officer with a self-appointed mission to find missing children. She is temporarily paired with Jack O'Reilly after the death of his wife leaves him with no interest in living beyond the sentencing of his wife's murderer. Both have huge questions about why God would allow suffering. They have pulled away from the people in their lives who truly care about them. As they follow the trail of the person who kidnapped Brinna, they realize that although they may not find answers to their questions about God here on earth, they can still tru
J_PearsonJP More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It is about a woman, Brinn who is a police officer working with a police dog to find missing children. She herself had been abducted and then found when she was a child. While her mother and brother have strong faith, Brinn is a non-believer. Due to a shooting, she is paired with Jack, a former homicide detective that has been struggling after the loss of his wife and although he had been strong in his faith, he has turned away from God and does not believe anymore. It was a novel approach to see both main characters as non-believers and to have the secondary characters be the believers in the story. Many times, a story has one strong believer and one non-believer. There was tension between Brinn and Jack initially, suspense with the child abductions, and past and present storylines weaving together. While this book does bring closure to it's main story line. There is enough left unresolved with the main character and her faith issue that I look forward to reading the second of the series.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Critical Pursuit starts off on page one with action and continued on to the last page. This book is the reason I am a fan of Janice Cantore's work. I loved the action, characters, mystery and suspense. I think the story line is really good. I love how the author incorporates the lesson of learning the power of forgiveness. Great book! I look forward to reading more by this author and will adding her books to my wish list. 5 stars.
KMarkovich More than 1 year ago
Wow! What a book! I wasn’t able to put it down! Brinna Caruso was kidnapped, molested and left to die as a child. She was found in time by the police and now, as a police woman herself, she tries to find abducted children using her K-9 dog Hero. It becomes super personal and intense when she realizes her abductor is still out there, preying on little girls. Meanwhile she deals with her own family situations and pondering the question of is God real? What will happen to her relationships with her Mom and Dad? And will she and her partner Jack be able to work together? Will they be able to stop the predator?
rlighthouse More than 1 year ago
Good Book! As a child Officer Brianna Caruso was abducted and miraculously rescued but now does all she can to protect the children around her.  She and Hero, her search and rescue dog will do whatever it takes to find a missing child. Following a shooting Brianna is paired with Detective Jack O’Reilly on patrol duty and they must learn to work together and trust each other even though that is the last thing that Brianna wants.  She prefers her furry four legged partner.   This was an excellent well written book about the dangers that are around and the officers that will work tirelessly to bring the bad people to justice and save the innocents.
Maciemollysdad More than 1 year ago
What a great book!! Couldn't put it down!!! Looking forward to more Janice Cantore books in the future!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Critical Pursuit was the first book of Janice Cantore's that I have read, and I loved it. The story line was well written, with a clear path to the end of the book. I will definitely be looking up more of her books to read.
BeachNana8 More than 1 year ago
This exciting police novel will keep you riveted to the book, unable to put it down as you feel the urgency of these police to find lost or abducted children before they die even as they also have to stop crime in the city. The story opens with Brinna and her trained rescue dog Hero finding a missing child Steve down a rocky ravine. This book is non-stop action for Brinna and her partner Jack. But will Jack recover from the loss of his wife and be an effective policeman? Can Jack and Brinna work well together? Will Brianna find the missing child in time? Fabulous book!
4Gazpacho More than 1 year ago
Brinna Caruso is a cop with a mission. Twenty years earlier, she was a victim of an abduction. Fortunately, hours later a police officer with a search and rescue dog found her and returned her home. That experience influenced her decision to become involved in search and rescue for abducted and missing children herself. When she joined the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD), she eventually acquired a scent-trained search dog through a federal grant. Hero became her partner. Milo, the policeman who rescued her, kept in touch and mentored her, helping her become the successful cop she is now. What Brinna doesn't know is that her abductor is not only alive but in the area. He saw a newspaper article about Brinna in which the journalist made an issue of her 20 year's anniversary since her abduction and rescue. She also made an issue of Brinna's mission as K-9 officer to participate in as many searches and track down as many abductors as possible. He decided to do some celebrating himself, by taunting her--new little girls to snatch before he disappeared again. Jack O'Reilly has been on the force for fifteen years. He was a homicide detective, one of the best at LBPD. But a year before, a drunk driver crushed Jack's spirit with a head on crash that killed his wife and unborn daughter. Since then, he has only lived to see the man pay for his crime. Nothing else gave him any purpose. When one night on patrol with Hero, Brinna defensively shot a young perp after a high speed car chase, the press turned on her, vilifying her actions. She was temporarily re-assigned to patrol status with Jack O'Reilly. She didn't want to be there with him, and he didn't want to be there with her. But as Jack got to know Caruso he became impressed with her drive to be every missing child's savior. Apparently, he'd been growing cynical. Could he ever be the same cop he'd been six years ago? Janice Cantore writes an action-packed adventure/mystery based on her own 22 years of service as a police officer in Long Beach, CA. The action is tight and feels authentic. The bad guy in the story is truly creepy but smart enough to keep the FBI and the local law enforcement hopping to keep up with him and protect the little girls he harms. The author's talent brings to her readers thrilling action and suspense as well as relevant faith-oriented character development. I enjoyed this book and am looking forward to reading the next book, Visible Threat, as well as other books written by this author.  I am reading and reviewing this book for the Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. summer reading program. 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.”
chrisGA More than 1 year ago
This Christian thriller illustrates how empty and lonely life can be without faith in an ever-present God. Brinna and her K-9 partner, Hero, live to find lost children, inspired by her own abduction when she was six. Jack is a burned-out cop dealing with depression over the death of his wife and child, driven by revenge against the drunk who killed them. When they are partnered, the only thing they seem to have in common is an aversion to faith and preachy talk. Their personal and professional struggles accompany them as they fight crime in Long Beach, California. I enjoyed the action-filled plot and the Christian message. Brinna was a great character as was Jack, and I spent the book hoping they would find peace and happiness and faith. Very enjoyable story.
GDuncan More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing! I absolutely loved it. Cantore does a great job of keeping the readers in suspense which therefore leads to being interested and not wanting to put the book down (this happened to me). Being a former cop herself, she gives a real life look into the world of cops and criminals and makes the book even better. I highly recommend this book!
givemethebible More than 1 year ago
It was fairly interesting. The ending was kind of predictable, though. Other than that, I enjoyed reading it.
Reli0 More than 1 year ago
After reading the description of this book, I would not normally pick it up to read it. I'm not much of a mystery, suspense reader. I like a little, but not too much. Because I am doing a summer reading program, I decided to read it anyway. It was great and I am looking forward to getting my hands on the sequel. Brinna was abducted at 6 years of age, was found and went on to become a cop with a huge passion for rescuing children. She was a little too work-focused and had no time for God or family, but that changes through out the book. By the end, she realizes that God and heaven are things she needs to deal with and she is willing to go back to church and start to deal with these issues in her own life. There is only the faintest hint of any kind of romance which was somewhat refreshing. I would definitely recommend this book, but a warning: It is very hard to put down.
thecraftyhome1 More than 1 year ago
Janice Cantore is a fabulous author. She writes police books and used to be an officer herself so they are very realist which is great. Critical Pursuit is one of her newest books. Officer Brinna Caruso was abducted as a child but thankfully was found. Her experience has made her passionate about finding lost children and bringing sex offenders to justice with the help of her scent dog Hero. But what will happen when the man who abducted her twenty years earlier decides to show his face again. This is a great action packed book with lots of mystery and suspense. You also get to see one of the characters from her previous series of books which is fun. I highly recommend this book.
JeanieMNJL More than 1 year ago
Almost half a million people call Long Beach, CA home. Add excitement of a patrol car to suspense of K-9 tracking for a good read. I'm, glad she has several books.
AnotherBibliophile More than 1 year ago
Well Written, with Great Characters: I like a story with well-drawn characters and clearly defined good guys and bad guys. I also appreciated the lack of foul language in this book and others like it ('he cursed' works for me). I felt that the main characters were likeable and relatable. The soul-searching was prevalent. There were plot twists, action, and tension, so the story drew me in and kept me turning pages. The characters were still in process of resolving their issues at the end, but both Brinna and Jack were well on their way. Their progress was a good lead-in for the next book in the series. It was edited superbly, and I liked the ending.