Private Justice (Newpointe 911 Series #1)

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Staying together had seemed impossible.
Now it’s their only hope.

A dark shadow of fear has fallen over Newpointe, Louisiana. First one, then another of the town firemen’s wives has been murdered, and a third has barely escaped an attempt on her life. Incredible as it seems, a serial killer is stalking this sleepy little southern community. And Mark Branning’s wife may be ...

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Overview

Staying together had seemed impossible.
Now it’s their only hope.

A dark shadow of fear has fallen over Newpointe, Louisiana. First one, then another of the town firemen’s wives has been murdered, and a third has barely escaped an attempt on her life. Incredible as it seems, a serial killer is stalking this sleepy little southern community. And Mark Branning’s wife may be next on the list.

Mark is determined to protect her. But keeping Allie alive won’t be easy—not with their marriage already dying a bitter death.

Unless they renew their commitment to each other and to God, someone else may settle their problems … permanently. And time to decide is running out.

“This tense and exciting thriller is more than a fabulous read; it has an underlying message about the place of religion within a marriage. Highly recommended.”—Library Journal

Private Justice is book one in the Newpointe 911 series by award-winning novelist Terri Blackstock. Newpointe 911 offers taut, superbly crafted novels of faith, fear, and close-knit small-town relationships, seasoned with romance and tempered by insights into the nature of relationships, redemption, and the human heart. Look also for Shadow of Doubt, Line of Duty, Word of Honor, and Trial by Fire.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Another winner from Blackstock. It is the week of Mardi Gras in the Louisiana town of Newpointe, and the whole town is celebrating. Then horrible news arrives: Martha Dwyer, the wife of a firefighter, has been found murdered, shot through the head, her body set on fire. The townspeople's shock soon turns to horror when yet another firefighter's wife is found murdered in a similar fashion. By the time a third wife is attacked, it has become clear that a serial killer is at work. Firefighter Mark Branning is terrified, especially since he and his wife are estranged. Realizing that Allie may be the next victim, Mark convinces his reluctant wife to leave town with him. Unfortunately, this action does not stop the killer. This tense and exciting thriller is more than a fabulous read; it has an underlying message about the place of religion within a marriage. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310217572
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 5/1/1998
  • Series: Newpointe 911Series Series , #1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 269,037
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Terri Blackstock

Terri Blackstock has sold over seven million books worldwide and is a New York Times best-selling author. She is the award-winning author of Intervention, Vicious Cycle, and Downfall, as well as such series as Cape Refuge, Newpointe 911, the SunCoast Chronicles, and the Restoration Series. Visit her website at www.terriblackstock.com Facebook: tblackstock Twitter: @terriblackstock

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Chapter Two

The baby's vibrato cries grew hoarse, but the level of urgency in his tone seemed to heighten as Reese Carter banged once again on Martha Broussard's door. Should he go around back? Maybe Martha was hanging laundry or working in the yard with one of those carry-around stereos with those despicable headphones that young people seemed to love these days. That wasn't like her, though. Martha wasn't that young, and she wasn't that irresponsible.

The smell of smoke grew stronger, and finally his fear that something was terribly wrong overcame his reluctance. He tested the knob, found it unlocked, and pushed the door open.

Feeling as if he were intruding in a place where he had no right to be, he stepped hesitantly inside. "Martha? Is anyone here?"

The baby's hoarse voice choked out louder and more desperately, so he headed down the hall to the baby's room.

Martha wasn't there. The baby's face was crimson and wet, and his eyes were swollen from the tears. It had been a long time since Reese had picked up a baby, and again he worried that Martha would think he was intruding, but something was obviously wrong. He leaned over the crib and lifted the baby out.

Tommy had been crying too hard to stop, so his pattern changed from screams to hiccup sobs as the old man rocked him. "Martha?" Reese called again.

He carried the baby back down the hall and peered into the living room. There was no sign of her, but a packed diaper bag lay on the floor, some of its contents spilled out. He stepped toward it, peering from the living room into the kitchen. "Martha?"

It was then that he saw the splatters on the blue carpet, the brownish-red spray that was easy to miss at first, then the darker red blotches. He caught his breath.

His heart began to pound painfully against his chest. The baby still cried, and Reese held him tighter as he followed the drops across the carpet and into the kitchen, toward the back door that stood open. His mind raced with possibilities. Maybe she had fallen and hit her head, then gotten up, confused, and wandered outside, where she had passed out in the yard.

He stepped carefully around the blood and pushed open the screen door.

The yard was filling with smoke, and he doubted that it was coming from someone burning tree limbs. He turned back into the kitchen and, with trembling hands, set the baby in the swing and locked the seat belt. As Reese stumbled outside, the baby began to wail again, but he couldn't go back. There was an old storage building at the back of the Broussard yard, and flames were shooting out of the roof.

The door to the structure was partially open, and thick smoke poured out. Coughing, he kicked the door open and tried to see inside. Between the lawn mower and a bicycle, he could barely make out the shape of a woman's legs.

"Martha!" Stomping out the flames over the threshold, he stepped in, reached for her feet, and pulled her out. It wasn't until she was out of the reach of the flames, lying on the grass, that he was able to see her face.

Martha Broussard had a bullet hole through her forehead.

Reese fell back in horror, then turned and ran, tripping on the step as he rushed into the house for the telephone. The baby kept screaming as he grabbed the phone and dialed.

"911, may I help you?"

He tried to speak, but the words choked in his throat. "Uh . . . yes . . . please, help. Martha . . . Martha Broussard . . . has been shot . . . and there's fire."

Clutching the telephone in his shaking hands, Reese gradually became aware of the raucous strains of "When the Saints Come Marching In" mingling with the screams of the baby whose mother lay dead.

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First Chapter

Chapter Two
The baby's vibrato cries grew hoarse, but the level of urgency in his tone seemed to heighten as Reese Carter banged once again on Martha Broussard's door. Should he go around back? Maybe Martha was hanging laundry or working in the yard with one of those carry-around stereos with those despicable headphones that young people seemed to love these days. That wasn't like her, though. Martha wasn't that young, and she wasn't that irresponsible.
The smell of smoke grew stronger, and finally his fear that something was terribly wrong overcame his reluctance. He tested the knob, found it unlocked, and pushed the door open.
Feeling as if he were intruding in a place where he had no right to be, he stepped hesitantly inside. 'Martha? Is anyone here?'
The baby's hoarse voice choked out louder and more desperately, so he headed down the hall to the baby's room.
Martha wasn't there. The baby's face was crimson and wet, and his eyes were swollen from the tears. It had been a long time since Reese had picked up a baby, and again he worried that Martha would think he was intruding, but something was obviously wrong. He leaned over the crib and lifted the baby out.
Tommy had been crying too hard to stop, so his pattern changed from screams to hiccup sobs as the old man rocked him. 'Martha?' Reese called again.
He carried the baby back down the hall and peered into the living room. There was no sign of her, but a packed diaper bag lay on the floor, some of its contents spilled out. He stepped toward it, peering from the living room into the kitchen. 'Martha?'
It was then that he saw the splatters on the blue carpet, the brownish-red spray that was easy to miss at first, then the darker red blotches. He caught his breath.
His heart began to pound painfully against his chest. The baby still cried, and Reese held him tighter as he followed the drops across the carpet and into the kitchen, toward the back door that stood open. His mind raced with possibilities. Maybe she had fallen and hit her head, then gotten up, confused, and wandered outside, where she had passed out in the yard.
He stepped carefully around the blood and pushed open the screen door.
The yard was filling with smoke, and he doubted that it was coming from someone burning tree limbs. He turned back into the kitchen and, with trembling hands, set the baby in the swing and locked the seat belt. As Reese stumbled outside, the baby began to wail again, but he couldn't go back. There was an old storage building at the back of the Broussard yard, and flames were shooting out of the roof.
The door to the structure was partially open, and thick smoke poured out. Coughing, he kicked the door open and tried to see inside. Between the lawn mower and a bicycle, he could barely make out the shape of a woman's legs.
'Martha!' Stomping out the flames over the threshold, he stepped in, reached for her feet, and pulled her out. It wasn't until she was out of the reach of the flames, lying on the grass, that he was able to see her face.
Martha Broussard had a bullet hole through her forehead.
Reese fell back in horror, then turned and ran, tripping on the step as he rushed into the house for the telephone. The baby kept screaming as he grabbed the phone and dialed.
'911, may I help you?'
He tried to speak, but the words choked in his throat. 'Uh . . . yes . . . please, help. Martha . . . Martha Broussard . . . has been shot . . . and there's fire.'
Clutching the telephone in his shaking hands, Reese gradually became aware of the raucous strains of 'When the Saints Come Marching In' mingling with the screams of the baby whose mother lay dead.
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  • Posted April 27, 2010

    A Book you can't put down.

    Terri Blackstock has done it again. This is a wonderful 2nd book. I had a hard time putting it down and stayed up to late at nights reading. This is a must read book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2013

    Loved it!!!

    Terri Bllackstovk is such a great author!! I love this series. It's a pager turner. It has a great balanceof romance and mystery. My favorite book oh hers so far!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Blachstock at her best

    Terri Blackstock is one of the best in inspirational suspense and she doesn't let her readers down with 'Private Justice'.

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  • Posted January 2, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    Awesome Series. A great series to read as a couple. I couldn't put it down! A great book for a cold winter day. Snuggle up with a blanket and start reading.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

    What an amazing book.....

    This book was one I couldn't put down. I'm excited to know what happens in the 2nd book. I finished this book in 2 days. It's definately a MUST READ!! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2008

    Great Author, Great Book!

    This was the first book I read authored by Terri Blackstock. She is now on my favorite author's list! She grabs you from the beginning with her story, and it makes you want to read non-stop! She is an awesome writer! I highly suggest this book for anyone who enjoys reading suspense books!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2007

    My friends and I LOVE this book!

    This is a wonderful book. Terry Blackstock is one of my favorite writers and Im sure after reading this book she will be your favorite too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2003

    OUTSTANDING BOOK

    Private Justice, by Terri Blackstock, is a remarkable story about Mark Branning trying to protect his wife from a madman who has already murdered two of the town fireman¿s wives. This book takes place in a small town in Louisiana called Newpointe. The time period of the story is in the 1990s. In a sleepy little southern community, a serial killer is stalking the wives of the fireman. By the time two of fireman¿s wives get murdered and a third wife is attacked, Mark Branning, a fireman, realizes that his wife may be the next one on the list. Now Mark is determined to protect Allie, however their bad marriage makes it an uneasy situation. When the killer has finally found Allie, he is determined to kill her. His plans are ruined when Mark takes the bullet that was meant for Allie. Mark¿s near death experience helps the young couple renew their commitment to each other and to God. Unfortunately, this action does not stop the killer. Mark and Allie struggle to find out who the criminal is and bring that person to justice, before Allie becomes the next victim. This book is great. You just can't put it down. Terri Blackstock is a great author!! Everyone should read her books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2000

    What a Page-Turner!

    A mystery thriller that ranks with the best of them! I inadvertently read the second book first (Shadow of Doubt), so I had to get this one to see what I had missed. I'm hooked. I will be following Terri's 911 Newpointe Series from here on out. I am new to Terri's writings and have started recommending her to my friends. I can't wait to read her other writings as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2014

    Warning for true "thriller" fans. This book is more about religion than solving murders. Very rarely do I give up on a book but after 16 chapters, I've had enough.

    Ugh!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2002

    BUY TWO

    Found in the church library, so far so dramatized I have appreciated a second reader. Reads as town gabber and chapters short for easy reading.

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