Crisis Shot

Crisis Shot

by Janice Cantore

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ISBN-13: 9781496423702
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: 09/05/2017
Series: Line of Duty Series , #1
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 631,855
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Janice Cantore is a retired Long Beach police officer whose twenty-two years of experience on the force lend authenticity to her suspense novels. Among her books are Catching Heat, Burning Proof , and Drawing Fire.

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CHAPTER 1

LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA FEBRUARY

"999! 999 —" Click. The voice cut off.

Commander Tess O'Rourke was halfway to the station when the emergency call exploded from the radio. The frantic transmission punched like a physical blow. A triple 9 — officer needs help — was only used when an officer was in the direst emergency.

Adrenaline blasted all the cobwebs from Tess's brain. Dispatch identified the unit as 2-Adam-9, JT Barnes, but had no luck getting the officer back on the air.

She was early, hadn't been able to sleep. Seven months since Paul left and she still wasn't used to sleeping alone. After a fitful four-hour nap on the recliner in the living room, she'd given up, showered, and decided to head into work early in predawn darkness, at the same time all hell broke loose.

Tess tried to get on the radio to advise that she was practically on top of the call and would assist, but the click and static of too many units vying for airtime kept her from it. Pressing the accelerator, Tess steered toward Barnes's last known location.

A flashing police light bar illuminating the darkness just off Stearns caught her eye. She turned toward the lights onto a side street, and a jolt of fear bit hard at the sight of a black-and-white stopped in the middle of the street, driver's door open and no officer beside it. It was an area near the college, dense with apartment buildings and condos, cars lining both sides of the street.

She screeched to a stop and jammed her car into park as the dispatcher wrestled to get order back on the air.

Tess keyed her mike. Voice tight, eyes scanning. "Edward-7 is on scene, will advise" was her terse remark to the dispatcher.

She drew her service weapon and bolted from her unmarked car, cold air causing an involuntary inhale. Tess was dressed in a long-sleeved uniform but was acutely aware that she was minus a vest and a handheld radio. As commander of the East Patrol Division in Long Beach, her duties were administrative. Though in uniform, she wore only a belt holster, not a regular patrol Sam Browne. It had been six years since she worked a patrol beat as a sergeant in full uniform.

But one of her officers, a good one, was in trouble, and Tess was not wired to do nothing.

"JT?" she called out, breath hanging in the frigid air as her gaze swept first the area illuminated by yellow streetlights and then the empty car.

The only sounds she heard were the gentle rumble of the patrol car engine and the mechanical clicking of the light bar as it cycled through its flashes.

A spot of white in front of the car caught her eye and she jogged toward it. Illuminated by headlights were field interview cards scattered in front of the patrol unit as if JT had been interviewing someone and was interrupted, dropping the index cards.

Someone took off running.

She followed the line of cards between two parked cars and up on the sidewalk, where the trail ended, and then heard faint voices echoing from the alley behind an apartment building. Sprinting toward the noise across grass wet with dew, she rounded a darkened corner and saw three figures in a semicircle, a fourth kneeling on the ground next to a prone figure.

"Go on, cap him, dawg! Get the gat and cap him!"

Anger, fear, revulsion all swept through her like a gust of a hot Santa Ana wind. Tess instantly assessed what was happening: the black boots and dark wool uniform pants told her Barnes was on the ground.

"Police! Get away from him!" She rushed headlong toward the group, gun raised.

In a flood of cursing, the three standing figures bolted and ran, footfalls echoing in the alley. The fourth, a hoodie partially obscuring his face, looked her way but didn't stop what he was doing.

He was trying to wrench the gun from Barnes's holster.

Was Barnes dead? The question burned through Tess, hot and frightening.

"Move away! Move away now!" Tess advanced and was ignored.

Sirens sounded loud and Tess knew help was close. But the next instant changed everything. The figure gave up on the gun and threw himself across the prone officer, grabbing for something else. He turned toward Tess and pointed.

She fired.

(Continues…)



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Crisis Shot 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Laundry_Whispers More than 1 year ago
I sit here staring at a blank page not sure how to proceed. I finished this book last night without an abundance of fanfare. It was entirely too many hours past bedtime, which I paid for all day, but it wasn’t like jumping from my fuzzy socks exciting. .I enjoyed the story, the twists and turns, getting to know the characters. I just didn’t fall in love with the story. It’s like someone forgot to glue the glitter when they poured it on. The characters were well developed and memorable. There were a few too many for my ability to remember names and I would frequently have to go looking back to figure out who was who. That is always a me problem and seems to be more prevalent in the first book in a series as the stage is set for the continuation. I think where it fell apart for me was truly in the plot. I’ll talk about the actual mystery of the whodunit later because that was amazing! I couldn’t get into all the different ideas going around. I know some were there to carry the mystery but at times some of the events felt more like filler than anything to actually propel the story forward, Bubba Magee, comes to mind. I mean I get it in the aspect that he is something that is part of her new community but it was just awkward I guess. There are other things like that but I don’t want to waste time listing them all because we gotta talk mystery. Red herring? Check. Convoluted string of coincidences? Check. Unreliable witness? Check. Weird little vignette of the actual killer? Check. (This was weird and awkward honestly. It didn’t fit since it was just a one-off in the middle of the book that wasn’t repeated before or after.) Twisted theme of lies and half-truths to unravel? Check. The perfect setup you could say. I didn’t figure this one out before I was supposed to which is always a plus in my book. Yes, much of the book left me wanting but the actual purpose of the book, the mystery, was wrapped up so perfectly in that it didn’t follow a direct path. I followed it through all the random rabbit trails and potholes. I had a few ideas of who was involved. I wasn’t always right but then again they were part of the greater coverup so there’s that right? I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by NetGalley. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.
Laundry_Whispers More than 1 year ago
I sit here staring at a blank page not sure how to proceed. I finished this book last night without an abundance of fanfare. It was entirely too many hours past bedtime, which I paid for all day, but it wasn’t like jumping from my fuzzy socks exciting. .I enjoyed the story, the twists and turns, getting to know the characters. I just didn’t fall in love with the story. It’s like someone forgot to glue the glitter when they poured it on. The characters were well developed and memorable. There were a few too many for my ability to remember names and I would frequently have to go looking back to figure out who was who. That is always a me problem and seems to be more prevalent in the first book in a series as the stage is set for the continuation. I think where it fell apart for me was truly in the plot. I’ll talk about the actual mystery of the whodunit later because that was amazing! I couldn’t get into all the different ideas going around. I know some were there to carry the mystery but at times some of the events felt more like filler than anything to actually propel the story forward, Bubba Magee, comes to mind. I mean I get it in the aspect that he is something that is part of her new community but it was just awkward I guess. There are other things like that but I don’t want to waste time listing them all because we gotta talk mystery. Red herring? Check. Convoluted string of coincidences? Check. Unreliable witness? Check. Weird little vignette of the actual killer? Check. (This was weird and awkward honestly. It didn’t fit since it was just a one-off in the middle of the book that wasn’t repeated before or after.) Twisted theme of lies and half-truths to unravel? Check. The perfect setup you could say. I didn’t figure this one out before I was supposed to which is always a plus in my book. Yes, much of the book left me wanting but the actual purpose of the book, the mystery, was wrapped up so perfectly in that it didn’t follow a direct path. I followed it through all the random rabbit trails and potholes. I had a few ideas of who was involved. I wasn’t always right but then again they were part of the greater coverup so there’s that right? I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by NetGalley. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
Tess and Steve are fantastic characters. Tess needs to learn that you don’t have to be like your father. She made a promise to him before he died that she tried to live up to which can be very hard to do. This has a bit of romance with a lot of suspense. This is the type of book I love. I had a hard time putting this down. I received this book from Tyndale Blog Network for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
BikerBabs More than 1 year ago
Author Janice Cantore has become my go-to author for whenever I have the urge to read a really good, meaty, cop book. Her heroines are real people, struggling with personal lives, family, and friends, all while protecting and serving the public interest and dealing with constant politics on the job. Crisis Shot is about a female division commander in Long Beach, California who has to shoot a teenager to save a fellow officer’s life and is lambasted in the media until she is forced out of her job. She gets a job as Chief in a small town in Oregon and hopes she can put it all behind her, but some people still believe the bad press regardless of her exoneration and she has to work doubly hard for the respect of her fellow officers as well as many of the townspeople. When a man is murdered and a well-loved pastor’s wife goes missing, she is put to the test to prove her mettle and ability and along the way she has cause to question all she thought she believed about faith and trust in the God of the universe. This is obviously the first book in the Line of Duty series, so I’m looking forward to the next edition to follow Chief Tess O’Rourke’s progress in Rogue’s Hollow and whether or not she finds time to date deputy Steve Logan. *I was given a complimentary copy of Crisis Shot from Tyndale Publishing for review purposes.
CaraPutman More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this novel that feels ripped from the headlines. It has a great blend of mystery and romance. Definitely kept me engaged.
JustCommonly More than 1 year ago
"She fired." (6) A shot that changed the course for our main character, Tess O'Rourke in author Janice Cantore's latest release, Crisis Shot. It is also the first book in the new series, Line of Duty. Intense and mixed in with life's ultimate question of "why do God let bad things happened?" Crisis Shot hit all the right notes for a suspense thriller that includes a crime to be solved, but also the complexity of personalities and trials that is beyond our control. "Either he's God over everything or he's God over nothing." (376) Crisis Shot is the first novel of the author's I've read, and it definitely will not be my last. Suspense is one of those genres I love to read and am always amazed by authors' ability to keep it interesting. This story had it all and also gave us a little insight on the dynamics of the inner workings in the police force. I enjoyed the slow build in confidence of Tess' ability as police chief in a small town by the department as well as the town. Tess' ethics and professionalism gave the character strength, but also a great catalyst of the vulnerability of faith when faced with evil in her line of work. I love how the faith messaged tied into the story and the ultimate question of trust. In all, Crisis Shot will satisfy any fan who enjoys a good story, but also appreciate a well tied in message. This review first appeared on Just Commonly blog. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
joyful334209 More than 1 year ago
Crisis Shot is well written - it keeps you interested - at least for the first couple of chapters that I read and then I stopped - this was categorized as a Christian book - well - this book swore within the first few chapters and then a couple of pages after that there she went again and swore - so being a Christian myself - that was the end of my reading - that was one thing my Father taught me - if there is swearing in something you read or watch - change the channel or change the book - in the Scriptures it talks about swearing and for you to avoid it and for you to not let foul language come out of your mouth. Col 3:8-10, I was honored to be able to read this book though. I received a copy from the Publisher and Netgalley; all the opinions expressed in this review are all my own
lsnlj More than 1 year ago
This is book one in The Line of Duty series, so what a great place to start. If you like contemporary police suspense type books you will like this one. The book starts out very emotional yet very real. Janice Cantore does an amazing job at putting you in the mind and heart of the police. Part one of the book is really just some background to part two, but both are great. Tess O’Rourke is a beautiful, determined police woman who is great at her job, but sometimes that may not be enough in the eyes of others. Tess must prove herself in a small town while trying to find a killer and so much more. I feel we will find a little more romance in some of the next few books in this series and look forward to how that all plays out. I can't wait to see what is in store for the town of Rogue's Hollow.
Suzie_W More than 1 year ago
In the first book of her Line of Duty series, Janice Cantore explores a bit about the public’s shift in perception and attitude toward the men and women who protect us. When Tess O’Rourke arrives on a crime scene and senses the danger one of her officers faces, she makes a choice. One that her follow officers, and later a grand jury, agree with. But that doesn’t stop the public, and one particular blogger from protesting her actions. So much so that it will hinder Tess’s job. She accepts a position as the police chief in a small Oregon town and is met with culture shock, cold shoulders, and the town’s first murder. Tess is a smart, no-nonsense police officer who makes it her goal to give her employees a fair shot and her investigations all of her attentions. The romance in Crisis Shot is minimal, we get the hint of it but not much more (not even the POV of the potential love interest). However, Tess’s point of view isn’t the only one offered which helps to offer readers a fuller picture of what’s happening and letting them in on some of the towns secrets without giving away the mystery of the murderer. Cantore’s background in police work makes you feel like you are one of Tess’s police officers as they go through the investigation. It is paced well while introducing readers to the town of Rogue Hollow, the beauty of Oregon’s Rogue River Wilderness, and Tess herself. Crisis Shot is an excellent introduction to the series before we delve into more of Tess’s personal life in future books (at least that’s what I’m hoping for). I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
ytcruz More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in Ms Cantore’s new series, Line of Duty, and also the first book I read by this author. Both have left we with a desire to continue the series and finding other books by this author. It was a gripping crime story filled with complex and interesting characters and a plot filled with twists and turns. Tess, our main female character is complex and one whose moral compass is high. When she is forced to leave her highly respected position as Chief of Police in Long Beach, due to an accidental fatal shooting, she moves to a tiny town in Oregon in hopes of putting her life back together. There she comes across more crime and whodunit. You will find some romance in the story, but it’s minimal. My only concern was that I had to keep track of all the individuals and names. In the first few pages I was already trying to keep the names and characters straight. Still , I am looking forward to the next book in this series. I was gifted this book by Netgalley . The opinions expressed are solely my own.
TSMathews More than 1 year ago
In this book one of her new series, In the Line of Duty, Janice Cantore tackles a subject that has been all over the news lately; a police officer has to make a quick decision and sadly someone loses their life. Tess O'Rourke is a wonderful example of an outstanding officer, she quickly rose to Commander of the East Division of Long Beach, California, and hopefully one day she will be the first female Chief. Sadly, that dream is snatched away when she shows up at a call where a fellow officer is under attack and to save his life she is forced to shoot an unarmed teenager. One blogger with a beef against the police, paints a target on Tess's back and doesn't give up until he has people angrily questioning the shooting even after Tess is cleared of any wrong doing. Forced to resign from her job, she leaves behind her beloved city to be Chief in the small, quiet town of Rogue's Hollow, Oregon. Tess thought this peaceful town would be different from the fast pace of Long Beach but she soon finds out even a quiet town can harbor murders, drug addicts and kidnappers. Janice Cantore being a retired police officer, knows firsthand the dangers officers face every day and she handled this heated subject extremely well. Through Tess's story you can see an officers point of view, since the media never wants to tell the complete story. Janice also knows how to write a story that will quickly pull you in, and Tess's story did that to me. The characters were quite intriguing; a dedicated Pastor, whose wife is fighting cancer, an overbearing Mayor hounding Tess's every move, a young woman that the whole town has given up on, and of course, a handsome Sheriff's Deputy that is more than happy to help the new chief. I have been reading Janice Cantore's books for years and I have never been disappointed and I can't wait for book two of this series to come out. Thank you, Janice, for yet another satisfying read! ***Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers and NetGalley for supplying a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion!***
Butterflyblogger More than 1 year ago
Tess O’Rourke dreams of becoming the first female chief of police in Long Beach, California. As commander of the East Division, she is well on her way . . . until the night she responds to an officer-needs-assistance call and fatally shoots an unarmed teenager. Despite being cleared of wrongdoing by a grand jury, Tess is so hounded by the public that she takes a job in Oregon to escape the bad press. Winning over the residents of Rogue’s Hollow might be more difficult than adjusting to her new role as police chief in the small, backwater town. Especially when her closest friend, the pastor’s wife, goes missing and the woman’s cousin is found shot. Tess finds an ally in sheriff’s deputy Steve Logan, but as they track down Rogue’s Hollow’s first murderer, she worries that she’s breaking one of her rules and getting too close to him. This is Tess's journey to over come a bad situation that results in the shooting of a teenager. Tess doesn't have a strong faith background so I didn't find a lot of faith brought out. The pastor had a very strong faith that was shown during his darkest hour. I found the book to be a little slow starting out. I was expecting more mystery than there actual was. It is a who done it. But not a suspenseful who done it. A lot of the mysteries I read I have trouble putting down. I went several days without picking this one up. All of that said. I have enjoyed all the books Janice Cantore that I have read. I look forward to reading her next book. I was given this book by the publisher for an honest review. I was not compensated in anyway.
TamaraTilley More than 1 year ago
The Line of Duty series is off to a great start with CRISIS SHOT. Commander Tess O’Rourke has police work in her blood. Following in her father and grandfather’s footsteps, her ultimate goal is to be chief of the Long Beach Police Department. Regrettably, a controversial shooting, and the death of a fourteen-year-old, has her sitting on the sidelines. Knowing she did what she’s trained to do, and choosing to put her faith in the system, she breathes a sigh of relief when she is cleared of wrong doing by a grand jury. Unfortunately, a venomous blogger who hates cops won’t let the community forget what’s happened. He continues to post inflammatory articles and stirs vengeance in the gang communities. Hating the unrest she sees in the city she loves so much, Tess decides to resign and remove herself so the city can heal. Ending up in Rogue’s Hollow, Oregon, Tess takes the job of chief of police. The title might be what she wanted, but the department is all of twelve people, including her. Not the eight hundred strong she dreamed of leading one day. Knowing the vote of the city council wasn’t unanimous, Tess knows there are people that don’t necessarily want her in Rogue’s Hollow. Be that as it may, she is their chief, and she is going to put all her energy into her new position. Tess isn’t on the job two months when there is a murder. Things get even crazier when one of the townspeople goes missing. What follows is a bizarre twist involving prestigious residents of the Hollow, a bag of money, a homeless woman, a dog, and a kidnapping. The more convoluted the case becomes, the more pressure the mayor puts on Tess to solve the murder before someone else dies. I enjoyed CRISIS SHOT as a suspenseful novel, but to me, there wasn’t enough romance in it to garner the label. Everything else was there for sure. There were lots of twists and red herrings for the readers to follow, and great secondary character that brought the town to life. Tess even felt an attraction for local deputy sheriff, Steve Logan. Even so, what seemed like a mutual interest never really got off the ground. I guess I will have to wait until the next installment in the series to see if the flicker grows to a flame. Even though I was slightly disappointed in the lack of romance, the story itself was great. I thoroughly enjoyed CRISIS SHOT and will keep an eye out for book two in the Line of Duty series. Book provided for review purposes.
HelenM0 More than 1 year ago
Crisis Shot, by Janice Cantore, is book one in the Line of Duty series. Tess O'Rourke is a commander with the Long Beach police department and one morning while on her way to work she responds to a call. She finds an officer down and some young men near him. When she shots one of them, the public and some of her co-workers go against her. She takes a job as chief of police in Rogue Hollow, a very small town. She has to deal with issues surrounding being the only woman on the force and having to report to a very demanding mayor. The pastor's wife has found out her cancer has returned again and this time it is worse. She goes away one day and does not return. While she is gone her brother turns up dead. The police force is being forced to work extra hours to find the pastor's wife and get to the bottom of the situation. They are also reaching out to surrounding forces for help. I really like Janice Cantore's books and this one is her best so far! I enjoyed how Tess and her father would make rules. Much like my favorite TV show. The suspense is carried through the entire story, both with the Long Beach shooting and situations in Rogue Hollow. One of the things that stands out for me in this story is even with what the pastor is going through he still is there to encourage others. When they find his wife injured he tells Tess that he is worried and a little frightened but he trusts God. If he didn't, nothing in this life would make sense. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys police stories.
susanwalkergirl More than 1 year ago
Crisis Shot by Janice Cantore – If you like mysteries and police novels, give it a try. I had previously read a novel by Janice Cantore and was looking forward to her new book Crisis Shot. The story starts out with Long Beach Police Commander, Tess O’Rourke answering an emergency call where a fellow officer is imminent danger. How Tess responds, right or wrong, will affect her future. The story could be taken out today’s headline news, where every action a police officer is scrutinized and condemned, even when there is little merit to critic’s narrative. When the fallout from Tess’ action doesn’t seem to be winding down, she decides to make a move to a small town in Oregon, with the hope of being able to resume the career she loves in law enforcement. It a huge change in her life. As Chief of Police in the small town of Rogue’s Hallow, she will be answering to the mayor and city council. It might be a small town but even there, evil is at work. I sort of liked the main character Tess, but didn’t feel like I got to know her well or really care about her like I wanted to. There was a bit of a disconnect. At first, I struggled with how Tess continually compared police work and what people were like in the small town compared where she had spent most of her life, in Long Beach, CA. Then I realized if I had made such a drastic change in my life, I would likely be reflecting back on where I came from and what it was like back then. The reader will get an understanding of how police work in a big city differs from a small town. I liked how the relationships with fellow police officers changed as they worked with their new Police Chief. The overall pace of the novel seemed to drag. Tess encountered many obstacles and people seemed to be tight lipped and withheld important information. I didn’t guess who the bad guy was, there weren’t a lot of clues along the way, just lots of suspicious behavior on the part of several towns people. I didn’t really connect with the characters. I didn’t come away from reading the book saying, “I can’t wait to find out what happens with Tess next.” Something was missing, but I’m not sure what it was. The Christian faith is a small part of the story. Tess is not a believer, but there are several Christians she encounters along the way. If there is a sequel I hope that Christian faith is a bigger part of the story. Crisis Shot is okay. I would definitely read Janice Cantore’s future books because of my good experience with her earlier novels. If you like mysteries and police novels, give Crisis Shot by Janice Cantore a try and be sure to read some of her earlier books. I would like to thank Tyndale House and NetGalley for the opportunity to read Janice Cantore’s newest book Crisis Shot. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.