Dangerous Passage: A Novel

Dangerous Passage: A Novel

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by Lisa Harris

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When two Jane Does are killed on the outskirts of Atlanta, Georgia, detective and behavioral specialist Avery North discovers they share something in common—a tattoo of a magnolia on their shoulders. Suspecting a serial killer, Avery joins forces with medical examiner Jackson Bryant to solve the crimes and prevent another murder. But it doesn't take long for

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When two Jane Does are killed on the outskirts of Atlanta, Georgia, detective and behavioral specialist Avery North discovers they share something in common—a tattoo of a magnolia on their shoulders. Suspecting a serial killer, Avery joins forces with medical examiner Jackson Bryant to solve the crimes and prevent another murder. But it doesn't take long for them to realize that there is much more to the case than meets the eye. As they venture deep into a sinister world of human trafficking, Avery and Jackson are taken to the very edge of their abilities—and their hearts.

Dangerous Passage exposes a fully-realized and frightening world where every layer peeled back reveals more challenges ahead. Romantic suspense fans will be hooked from the start by Lisa Harris's first installment of the new Southern Crimes series.

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Harris, whose Blood Covenant won Romantic Times’ Best Inspirational Suspense Honor in 2011, opens her new Southern Crimes series with a novel that exposes the darkness of human trafficking. Det. Avery North discovers a serial killer at work in Atlanta when she’s called to the scene of a murder—a young Asian woman with a magnolia tattoo on her right shoulder, the second victim with that tattoo. As she follows the clues, Avery must also figure out her heart when it comes to dashing assistant medical examiner Jackson Bryant. Between Jackson; Avery’s tween daughter; her needy family; her own heart, slowly healing after her husband’s death three years earlier; and now a challenging murder case, this tough detective has her hands full. When another Asian woman goes missing, Avery and Jackson must discover the killer before he strikes again. But will love strike again for this wounded pair? Readers looking for a strong female protagonist and a unique murder mystery will find much to admire in Harris’s work. Agent: Joyce Hart, Hartline Literary Agency. (Sept.)

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Dangerous Passage 4.2 out of 5 based on 5 ratings. 33 reviews.
GingerS219 More than 1 year ago
Do you like suspense novels? Clean romance? Then this is the book for you. This is my first time reading anything by Lisa Harris and I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to read, and enjoy. From the very beginning of the book, I was hooked, and until the suspect was revealed, I was clueless.  Kudos to Ms. Harris. I look forward to more titles from her in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dangerous Passage deals with the horrendous activity of human trafficking. I love that it is set here in the U.S. because it is a very real problem that many still think is only abroad. The book grabbed me from the beginning and I only put it down at night when I was too tired to read any longer. Lisa Harris does a great job of describing the characters and what they are going through. It is an easy read, a little light on suspense once you know what the book is dealing with, but overall a great read
Anonymous 9 months ago
This is a very, very good book. The book deserves 5 stars but I am just tired of this first book of the series being free, then having to pay so much for each sequel. By the time you pay at least $4.99 for each sequel, you have a small fortune invested in the series. I loved this book, great story, no profanity, no sex, it kept my attention all the way through, it is a very well written book. But as much as I would love to continue reading this storyline, I have drawn the line at paying at least $4.99 for about 250 pages for each sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The heroine comes across as whiney and just a bit preachy...otherwise a good story
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
An incredible crime story! Avery North is a wonderful character. She has a huge conflict going on inside trying to balance her job as a police detective and her family commitments. This whole conflict is very well presented as she works her way through leading the team trying to solve the murders of 2 Jane Does. Along with this inner conflict she is dealing with personal heartache from losses in the past that keep coming to her mind as the case progresses. She is a very realistic character that has been developed with incredible thought to detail. She is surrounded by a number of other well written characters both in her family and on her team. I really enjoyed getting to know each of them. I hope that I learn more about them in future books in this series. The plot leaves nothing to be desired. It is very intricately woven and proceeds to build throughout the novel. It is very nicely interspersed with sections that work to develop the characters and their relationships. This novel has a very nice balance between the two. I was kept guessing throughout the story as to exactly how the murders were committed and how they tied in with other criminal activity that was going on.
loriweller1 More than 1 year ago
Fatal Exchange is Book 2 in the Southern Crime series. It can definitely be read alone but is much better understood and appreciated if read as a series in order. This book deals with a school teacher who comes from a family of policeman. She has a student who is having family problems and has been coming to talk to her about them. The book deals with kidnapping, hostages, faith and trust. This book contains mystery, suspense, and romance. It deals with the life of being a teacher and law-enforcement agent in today's world. I can't wait to read the next in the series.I received this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
gjo50 More than 1 year ago
Complex Characters with story that will keep you guessing Unlike a simple romance, the characters in Dangerous Passage are not young and flighty. Widowed, with a teenage daughter, Detective North deals with her grief, teen angst, and a new relationship. These relationships make the story more complex and interesting, then the murder mystery becomes more than a simple murder mystery. The suspense level is low, but the mystery complexity is high enough to make up for it. The focus of the book is on a crime that is growing across the world, human trafficking. This book has a strong Christian aspect.  I recommend this book to lovers of good clean police mysteries, with a nice romance along side. 
More_Than_A_Review 6 months ago
Dangerous Passages is book one in the Southern Crimes series set in Atlanta. The book opens with Avery and Jackson already in a relationship which may make readers assume there was another book before it but there is not. Avery is a police officer who is working what she thinks is a serial killer case which also leads to human trafficking. Jackson is the medical examiner who has been working with her and they have developed a relationship. Avery appears very human as she tries to balance being a police officer, a mother to a tween, a widow of three years and the daughter of a needing mother. As much as she is attracted to Jackson and would like to develop the relationship she tries to determine does she have the time and energy for it. I think this will strike a chord with many working single mothers. Jackson is charming and understanding you will cheer for him and want to convince Avery to commit to making the relationship work. I enjoyed the mystery and did not find it too disturbing although it does deal with human trafficking. Dangerous Passages is a Christian novel that is not preachy. It has a strong mystery element complimented with the sweet developing romance between Avery and Jackson. You can see my full review at More Than a Review dot com where I rate the level of sex, violence, language and drug/alcohol use in books.
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This was good but got too preachy at times.
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Anonymous 11 months ago
Very good book. 264 pages of suspense, romance and inspiration.
Anonymous 12 months ago
Suspense, detective dilemmas, sweet romance!
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Avery's troubles between her family obligations, her job, her personal time and how she handles all her problems and worries is this whole story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Totally awesome. Could not stop reading.
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Robbi44 More than 1 year ago
I had already read Lisa Harris’ book, Fatal Exchange, in her Southern Crime series, and loved it, so when this book became available, I jumped at the chance to read it and was not disappointed! Once again, I enjoyed Ms. Harris’ method of weaving several plots together to draw the reader into the lives of her characters. Avery North, a homicide detective, comes from a long line of family police officers. Her father is retired, but both her husband and brother have been killed in the line of duty. This makes Avery a determined “cop” seeking to put the “bad guys away”. In this story, she joins forces with the handsome medical examiner, Jackson Bryant, to solve the deaths of two Jane Does. They soon find themselves in the dangerous, criminal world of human trafficking. This novel is filled with intrigue, tragedy, bone-chilling suspense, and a good dose of romance. Having worked with several police departments for many years, I was amazed at the great amount of research that went into the writing of this story. I highly recommend this book to both male and female readers. There’s something there for everyone. I received this free book from Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
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SAShirl More than 1 year ago
Dangerous Passages features Atlanta homicide detective, Avery North, a widowed mother of a pre-teen daughter. Avery juggles her responsibilities as a single parent as well as struggling to come to terms with the loss of both her husband and her brother during separate incidents. At the same time, she questions her ability to handle her new relationship with medical examiner Jackson Bryant. The hero of the story, Jackson is trying to find the murderer of her brother, while Avery herself has two Jane Does to investigate. The fact that both of these Asian girls have magnolia tattoos indicates a sinister crime ring.  While the book does have a strong element of romance, I enjoyed the gripping storyline with a number of sub-plots. The theme of human trafficking is horrific, and one we like to think of as happening in “far off foreign lands”. Yet the author brings to light that 27 million people around the world are trapped in some form of slavery. So not only is this a good story, it is an eye-opener we all need to read.  I also enjoyed the break from the usual scenario where the heroine initially dislikes the hero and the romance creeps in to the surprise of the heroine (but never the reader). The relationship between Jackson and Avery had already commenced by the start of the book, and was still continuing at the conclusion.  The book ends with a tantalizing glimpse of what I’m sure will appear in the next book, and I can’t wait for that to come out.  I encourage anyone that enjoys suspense books with a purpose to get this book. You will enjoy the read as well as the opportunity to Step Away from Ordinary! (Lisa’s well-earned tagline.)
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