Dangerous Passage (Southern Crimes Book #1): A Novel

Dangerous Passage (Southern Crimes Book #1): A Novel

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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441242839
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/01/2013
Series: Southern Crimes , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 318
Sales rank: 144,412
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Lisa Harris is an award-winning author with more than 400,000 copies of her works in print. She was a 2011 Christy Award finalist for Blood Ransom and lives in Mozambique together with her husband, Scott, and their three children. Visit her website at www.lisaharriswrites.com.
Lisa Harris is a bestselling author, a Christy Award winner, and the winner of the Best Inspirational Suspense Novel from Romantic Times for her novels Blood Covenant and Vendetta. The author of more than thirty books, including Vendetta, Missing, Pursued, Vanishing Point, and the Southern Crimes series, Harris and her family have spent almost fifteen years living as missionaries in southern Africa. Learn more at www.lisaharriswrites.com.

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Dangerous Passage 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 58 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year 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.
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
The heroine comes across as whiney and just a bit preachy...otherwise a good story
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.
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.
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.
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. 
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 More than 1 year ago
246 pg story, no foul language or sex scenes. I liked this murder mystery/ budding romance novel. Outline used is common to many such stories.
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JoannaDursi More than 1 year ago
Right before I cracked open to the first page of Dangerous Passage, I was browsing reviews on Good Reads and hadn’t realized that it was classified as Christian Fiction. Not having a religious bone in my body I was quickly worried that this book wasn’t for me. I ASSUMMED it was going to be heavy on religion but I came to realize early on that while religion is very much a part of the lives of these characters, it wasn’t forced down the readers throat. Detective Avery North is investigating what she believes to be the work of a serial killer. All too soon it touches close to home. Dangerous Passage is very much focused on the story of these deaths which really held my attention. I think Avery was depicted in a way that many women can connect with. She is recently widowed and is trying to find balance amongst her demanding job, parenthood, church and a new relationship. I’m used to reading books that focus a lot on romance and I really enjoyed being so immersed in the story that I was ok that Avery and Jackson’s relationship took the back seat. I’m looking forward to the rest of the series.
Ellen-oceanside More than 1 year ago
DANGEROUS PASSAGE by Lisa Harris book 1 " Southern Crimes " Avery looks at the root cause the motivation behind the killings.Jackson, wants a third date, someone like her to come home to. To feel again wasn't easy for Avery and the risk was even harder, but she did want to explore. The case, a second Asian girl with a tattoo, constant dead ends. The rich neighbor were they using illegal immigrants. A good plot that catches from the first when a young girl is murder. Good detailed of what they were doing The love interest with Avery and Jackson, as well as the home situation all added to a good story. All of Lisa Harris books are good, readers will enjoy this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What is this? A book for a Psychology class? It does ontain some Christian teachings - although, forgiveness as Christ taught is based upon a decision, not feelings. The book was very repetitive in introspections, words and actions. That became tedious at times. Also, the relationship with Mason suddenly changed at the end with no explanation. The book is worth reading. We really do need to do something about slavery. There are groups in the US that are working on it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book very much. Sorry was exciting and interesting. I like that there isn' t any sex or cursing, just a good clean read. I wanted to read the next one but it is $10.49. That is too much. Sorry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good book. Recommended highly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Important subject and written very well.
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Keeps you guessing til the end
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Very predictable plot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Liked the charactors and story line
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Read.. Keeps ones interest
train_lady More than 1 year ago
Tangled plots make this a good mystery. While it was a bit slow at times, the character development was good, and the character interactions well done. Harris usually tells a good story, and this book did not disappoint. The whodoneit part was pretty much resolved about half way in, but I liked the work the police were required to do in order for them to figure it out, and round up the bad guys. I thought the heroic ending was a little too easy. I would have preferred a little more action. All in all, a solid read, and left me ready for the next installment in the series to see how the unresolved side plots might be worked out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting Keeps your arrention