Justice Served (A Barkley and Parker Thriller)

Justice Served (A Barkley and Parker Thriller)

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by R. Barri Flowers
     
 

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Male batterers of women are being beaten to death by a bat-wielding female vigilante. Each victim had recently been on trial for domestic violence-related charges, but was set free through plea bargains, technicalities, or acquittal.

Two Portland Police Bureau Detectives--Sergeant Ray Barkley and his partner Detective Nina Parker--investigate the killings.

Overview

Male batterers of women are being beaten to death by a bat-wielding female vigilante. Each victim had recently been on trial for domestic violence-related charges, but was set free through plea bargains, technicalities, or acquittal.

Two Portland Police Bureau Detectives--Sergeant Ray Barkley and his partner Detective Nina Parker--investigate the killings. Among the list of suspects is Criminal Court Judge Carole Cranston, who presided over the trials of all the victims and has dark secrets she is in no hurry to share.

Barkley quickly develops an attraction to the beautiful Carole, and vice versa, even as the case heats up and more signs begin to point toward Carole as the serial killer the press has dubbed The Vigilante Batterer Killer.

Nina, who had a brief affair with Barkley, is determined to prove Carole is the killer. But is she?

As the body count rises, no one seems safe. That includes Barkley, who is targeted by the killer. Can he survive? Or will he be forced to take his turn at bat?

REVIEWS OF JUSTICE SERVED

�A clever mystery with many suspects.... Vividly written, this book holds the reader�s attention and speeds along.� � Romantic Times

�An A+ suspense/mystery with a touch of heartfelt romance.... Is not just simply compelling, it also activates reader�s consciousness.... Powerful legal suspense is riveting.� � Fresh Fiction

�This author weaves a magical web, as well as, a tangled one [and] wraps up the mystery thriller beautifully.... Will be recommending this title to many!� � Huntress� Book Reviews

�Justice Served is a model of crime fiction.... Flowers may be a new voice in modern mystery writing, but he is already one of its best voices.� � Statesman Journal

�The magic behind R. Barri Flowers� terrific suspense thriller is that the serial killer is in plain sight as the clues are laid out for the audience to determine.... Fans of police procedural serial killer thrillers will want to read this fine tale while anxiously waiting to follow the next investigation.� � Harriet Klausner

�R. Barri Flowers has created a superb mystery.... There�s just enough romance and romantic triangles to keep the interest going. It�s a great book that any mystery lover will adore.� � RAWSISTAZ Reviewers

�This novel has lots of twists and turns and is a very fast read with believable characters and a very tense setting.� � Midwest Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012214478
Publisher:
R. Barri Flowers
Publication date:
07/29/2013
Series:
A Barkley and Parker Thriller) , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
760,289
File size:
188 KB

Meet the Author

R. Barri Flowers is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than forty books, including mysteries, thrillers, romance, young adult, true crime, and criminology. Recent mystery fiction titles include Murder in Maui, Dark Streets of Whitechapel, State�s Evidence, and Dead in the Rose City, as well as two young adult mysteries Ghost Girl in Shadow Bay and Danger in Time.

Flowers� recent nonfiction titles include Prostitution in the Digital Age, Street Kids, College Crime, and Male Crime and Deviance. He is also the author of the bestselling true crime classic, The Sex Slave Murders.

Flowers is the recipient of the Wall of Fame Award from Michigan State University�s renowned School of Criminal Justice. He has appeared on the Biography Channel and Investigation Discovery.

Connect with R. Barri Flowers on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, MySpace, and CrimeSpace. The author resides in the Pacific Northwest and is busy at work on his next mystery novels, Killer in the Woods and Exposed Evidence.

Visit rbarriflowers.com to learn more about the author�s upcoming titles.

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Justice Served 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
The media has latched on to a new feeding frenzy, the Vigilante Killer targeting abusive males who escaped punishment due to plea-bargains, frightened hung juries, or bogus legal wiggles. Detective Sergeant Ray Barkley and Detective Nina Preston lead the investigation that has two other links besides the so-called victims being abusive male predators. All the dead men walked free after their assault case was heard in the courtroom of Criminal Court Judge Carole Cranston and their female victims recovered at the Rose City Women's Shelter coincidentally or vigilante Judge Cranston donates plenty of money to the facility. --- Nina believes the circumstantial evidence enhanced by the Judge¿s attitude towards male abusers make her, the guilty party. On the other hand Ray likes the Judge and is convinced she is innocent. Nina assumes he is thinking with the wrong head. Is Carole a frustrated judge who has crossed the line or just the foci of an avenging angel? --- The magic behind R. Barri Flowers¿ terrific suspense thriller is that the serial killer is in plain sight as the clues are laid out for the audience to determine whether Carole is the Vigilante or not. The story line is action-packed as the two cops follow leads that each interprets differently as Ray wants Her Honor innocent while Nina is totally convinced otherwise. Fans of police procedural serial killer thrillers will want to read this fine tale while anxiously waiting to follow the next investigation, the opening tickler being the abduction of the Mayor¿s daughter. --- Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
Criminal Court Judge Carole Cranston hates the battered-women cases the most. She chose her career in hopes of putting the abusive men in prison and off the streets. Yet far too often Carole can do nothing but watch as the guilty men go free due to a plea-bargain, hung jury, or some sort of small technicality. But that did not make her resort to becoming a vigilante. Or did it? ................... Detective Sergeant Ray Barkley and his partner, Detective Nina Preston, are the ones on the Vigilante Killer case that is getting so much media coverage. Seems that there is a serial killer, possibly female, on the loose. She targets abusive men who escape the justice system. As bodies pile up, the few clues they have point the finger at Judge Carole Cranston. All the murdered men had been in her court room. They all walked free. And the women abused had all spent some time in the Rose City Women's Shelter, where Carole donates a lot of money. Nina has no doubt that Carole is guilty and is doing all she can to prove it. That is hard to do without hurting Ray, who is very attracted to Her Honor. It causes tension between the two partners as well, because Ray is just as positive that Carole is innocent. In fact, Ray and Carole begin seeing each other, even though it is NOT a good idea. .................... **** I am lucky enough to be able to state that in my personal life almost half the people I know are black, almost half are white, and there are a few numbers of other races. So I am used to hearing titles such as 'brother, sister, dude, amigo, man, guy' and the likes every day. When I read a book where most, if not all, the characters are African-American it does not surprise me to read 'brother' or 'sister' in it. It seldom even registers to my brain. However, in my opinion, those two titles are use far too frequently. I felt as if they were being used on every second or third page. It seemed unrealistic and became frustrating. ..................... As for the story plot, characters, and suspense, R. Barri Flowers proves, once again, that he chose the right career. This author weaves a magical web, as well as, a tangled one. The clues are all there, but even toward the end I could not be positive that I had tagged the right culprit. I will be recommending this title to many! One last thing, if you hate to be left hanging do NOT read the last page or two. This is a stand alone story. The author wraps up the mystery thriller beautifully. But the last couple of pages begins with the killer of the next novel kidnapping his first victim. I was left feeling incomplete. ****