Kate Flora developed her fascination with people's criminal tendencies as a lawyer in the Maine attorney general's office. When Kate isn't writing, or teaching writing at Grub Street in Boston, she can be found in her garden, waging a battle against critters, pests, and her husband's lawnmower.
Liberty or Death (The Thea Kozak Mystery Series, Book 6)by Kate Flora
The State of Maine isn't interested in co-operating. Neither is the
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Thea Kozak's sometimes rocky relationship with Maine state police detective Andre Lemieux has flourished. Now, on the day of their wedding, Thea receives awful news: Andre has been taken hostage by a militant militia group. Their terms: release one of their members from jail.
The State of Maine isn't interested in co-operating. Neither is the prisoner.
Taking the situation in-hand, Thea goes undercover in the town where she suspects Andre is hidden, and comes face-to-face with the most terrifying and ruthless adversaries of her life.
THE THEA KOZAK MYSTERY SERIES, in order
Chosen for Death
Death in a Funhouse Mirror
Death at the Wheel
An Educated Death
Death in Paradise
Liberty or Death
Death Warmed Over
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It's been a long wait for Thea to reappear, but she's finally back and just as sharp and sassy as ever. Don't wait for your friends to let you borrow this one - they won't - it's a keeper.
It's been a couple of years since the fifth book in the Thea Kozak series, but it was well worth the wait for #6--Liberty or Death. Lots of suspense and fast-paced action and some exploration of the lives and mindset of those angry people who feel threatened by their own government. Thea's husband-to-be, Maine state trooper Andre Lemieux, is abducted by a radical militia group on their Wedding Day to be held hostage for the return of a jailed militia member. Against police wishes, Thea goes undercover as a waitress in the town suspected to be the militia's HQ. There she meets suspicion, hostility, and life-threatening danger, as she tries to gather information on his whereabouts. Tensions mount as time runs. A slam-bang climax. Certainly hope there won't be as long a wait for #7!
Kate Flora has crafted a real page turner in the latest Thea Kozak novel. This one has a pregnant Thea in her bridal gown finding out that her intended has been taken hostage by a militia group in Maine that is trying to free one of their members from jail. Since sitting and waiting isn't Thea's mode of operation, she goes undercover as a waitress in the town where the militia is headquartered. Written with Kate Flora's usual humor, a "stand by your man" romance, details about being a waitress that will definitely make you increase your tips, and a chilling look at a town controlled by a fascist militant group, this is a don't miss.
Pregnant Thea Kozak stands at the altar waiting for the arrival of the groom, her beloved State Trooper Andre Lemieux, to exchange I do. However, instead of her beau, Thea learns that a domestic terrorist cell the Katahdin Constitutional Militia has kidnapped her future spouse. The group demands a trade for an incarcerated member, Jed Harding, who went berserk when the VA rejected his medical claim for his ailing son. Though Andre¿s boss and peers prefer Thea stay out of the mess, she has dealt with murder and death before so she insists on participating in the rescue. Andre¿s supervisor Jack Leonard provides Thea with the cover of a battered runaway spouse Dora McCusick. Thea travels to Merchantville, Maine where she obtains employment as a waitress at Mother Theresa's restaurant. As Thea does what she is not supposed to do (investigate) she begins to learn why Jed prefers jail than the militia as paranoia runs rampant in this part of Maine. Thea is a powerful lead protagonist who propels the story line forward with her unwelcome involvement yet ironically her soliloquies disrupt the action. Fans of the series will appreciate the lead character that just cannot sit idly by and take notes. Newcomers will need to adjust to this feisty in your face female especially when she provides asides. If given the chance, the tyro will soon gain new fans, as LIBERTY OR DEATH is a fabulous amateur sleuth-police procedural combo that highlights Kate Flora¿s abilities to entertain the troops. Harriet Klausner
Suspenseful, intriguing novel. The best of the series so far. Not surprisingly Thea's wedding day does not go off as planned; the groom is missing and she knows that means serious trouble. When she discovers that Andre has been captured by members of a militia, Thea goes undercover to try to find and rescue him. Many people in the town respect the stated mission of the militia, while others fear them to much to talk, so the position is dangerous and information is hard to uncover. Although she is coordinating with the the FBI and the Maine state police, she is terrifyingly alone in her search for the man that she loves.
Did not finish book because heroine continued to court danger for no reason other than author placed her in unbelievable situations.