Fatal Exchange (Southern Crimes Book #2): A Novel

Fatal Exchange (Southern Crimes Book #2): A Novel

by Lisa Harris

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Emily Hunt might come from a family of cops, but she never goes looking for an adrenaline rush. She lives the quiet--well, relatively quiet--life of a teacher and thrives on making a difference in the lives of her students. But she'll have to draw on a well of strength and savvy she didn't know she had as student Rafael Cerda takes her class hostage for ransom money to save his brother's life.

Undercover cop Mason Taylor has been working with Rafael to find his brother and bring the cartel thugs who hold him to justice. Can he talk Rafael down from his impulsive actions? And is there something more sinister at work here than he realizes?

Fatal Exchange
draws readers into a complex matrix of intertwining lives and unraveling secrets, where every answer creates more questions. Romantic suspense fans will hardly want to come up for air.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441245014
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/29/2014
Series: Southern Crimes , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 74,545
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Lisa Harris is a Christy Award finalist and the winner of the Best Inspirational Suspense Novel for 2011 from Romantic Times. The author of more than twenty books, including Dangerous Passage, Harris has spent over ten years living with her family as missionaries in Mozambique, where she leads a women's group and runs a nonprofit organization that works alongside their church-planting ministry. Learn more 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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Fatal Exchange: A Novel 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
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
Christian suspense that makes your heart pound! This is the first book by Lisa Harris that I have ever read. After reading it I will definitely be looking for her other novels. Both of the main characters, Emily Hunt and Mason Taylor, are Christians. As they are thrown together in a very tense and suspense filled situation it is wonderful to see how each of them copes. Emily has no personal training and so she relies mainly on God to get through. Mason is a trained police officer so he relies on his training and yet he also seeks God’s guidance. They were both so well fleshed out and presented that I quickly connected with them and found myself pulling for them to figure out who the bad guys were so that they could safely resolve the life threatening situation. There are a lot of secondary characters that are important to the storyline as well. They are also well developed and their interactions with each other, as well as, with the main characters do a wonderful job of moving the story along. I received a free copy of this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
Karen02KD More than 1 year ago
Detective Mason Taylor is very conflicted. His father, who abandoned him and his brothers, is dying and his family wants him to come home before it is too late. He is also under investigation by his department for being the mole who lead to the death of his best friend and fellow officer, Michael Hunt. With ticket in hand to travel to Denver, Mason received a phone call from a young man who Mason had been mentoring. Rafael is a good student and a young man who is trying desperately to help his family move on to a better life. Rafael’s younger brother has been kidnapped by a group of drug dealers who are demanding a large ransom. In an effort to help Rafael, Mason contacts Emily Hunt, Rafael’s teacher. Emily is also the sister of his deceased friend, Michael. Things quickly escalate. Rafael is at the school, holding Emily and a group of her students hostage, including her niece. It appears to Emily that Rafael is being controlled by someone, but who? Can Mason save Rafael from himself and rescue Emily? Can Mason, a new believer, trust God to work through him to help those he has come to care for? Fatal Exchange is an exciting mystery. Just when you think things are resolved, a new difficulty springs up. This is the second the Southern Crimes series with Dangerous Passage, the first novel ,earning honors at the Christy Awards. Fatal Exchange can be read as a standalone mystery, but I enjoyed it so much that I went back and bought the first book. The third book is due out next Spring and I eagerly await it. Any fan of Dee Henderson, Terri Blackstock, or DiAnn Mills will enjoy this author. I received this from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
Fatal Exchange by Lisa Harris is a fast paced suspense thriller that takes place over a period of 24 hours. Emily Hunt was just expecting another normal day. From the time she arrives at the school she teaches at, her day takes an unexpected turn. She comes from a family of cops, so she opted to play it safe and become a school teacher. But on this day, things will happen to be the stuff of her nightmares. And her love interest is none other than detective Mason Taylor, who is blamed for her brother’s death. With all the twists and turns, I really enjoyed this book and I am looking forward to the third book especially after the way this one ended. This is the second book in the Southern Crimes series. I did not read the first one which deals with Emily’s sister Avery, who is a cop. I will be going back and reading that one as there seems to be a bigger story arc tying all the books together. I received this book from The Book Club Network (TBCN) and the opinions are my own.
Robbi44 More than 1 year ago
If you want to read a real cliff-hanger, this is the book for you. There is one twist and turn after another. The characters are real and the research done for the book is right on. Fatal Exchange is full of mystery, intrigue, joy, sorrow and romance. There are lessons in faith and forgiveness to be learned. I highly recommend this book. I received this free book from Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
Fatal Exchange is the second book in the Southern Crimes series and I had no problem at all following along with this story, even though I had not read the first book, Dangerous Passage. Although the members from the first book in the series do make some appearances in Fatal Exchange, this story can stand alone just fine. This is also the first book that I have read that was written by Lisa Harris. I enjoyed her writing style, and now look forward to reading books one and three of the series. Fatal Exchange had many tense moments and a few unexpected twists, as well. The main characters, Emily and Mason, were well-written and handled the situations they faced with as much grace as possible, considering the various dangerous circumstances they were thrown into. Emily was a likeable character who has to deal with a lot in this book. Toward the end of the book, she battled guilt and even second guessed her ability to judge people’s character. I did enjoy that she was a strong, Christian woman who wanted to be a good role model for children. Mason was a strong and steady character through the turmoil of the book. But even he eventually had to deal with some issues of guilt and unforgiveness that weighed him down. A family situation hung over him that had to be dealt with and I liked that even though he was a follower of Christ, he struggled with being able to forgive some big wrongs that had been done to him. This book had lots of action, tense situations, and the start of a sweet romance. I enjoyed Fatal Exchange and look forward to reading more from Lisa Harris. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell, through The Book Club Network, in exchange for an honest review.
SeasonsofGrace More than 1 year ago
I have never read anything by Lisa before but I have to tell you I will definitely be reading another one! This book is intense, and will honestly keep you on the EDGE OF YOUR SEA!T.  Lisa leaves no room for catching your breath as she jumps from one scenario to another.  This book is non- stop action and even though its is the second in the series, you will not feel left out.  The characters will capture you, as you feel their emotions,  pain,  anger, hurt, confusion, fear, betrayal as the story progresses.  You get a drift of what may have happened in the first book. You dont feel as though you had to have read it, instead you get just enough information to make you want to read it.  Emily comes from a family of cops, but she is not a cop, nor does she love the adrenaline rush, or drama that comes with it. She gets enough of that just being in the family. Instead she is a school teacher. But being a school teacher does not mean that she is not going to need the courage, level head, and abilitly to cope in a dangerous situation that a police officer has to have. When one of her favored students takes matters into his own hands and holds her classroom hostage, things get completely out of control for Emily. She has no idea whom to trust and is called on to do things she never thought she would have to do.  Mason, a detective and undercover agent, also a mentor of the young man holding a classroom full of kids hostage is torn by his emotions, friendship, and duty.  Will he be able to protect those he loves, save a kid whose just like him, and uncover the mystery that has already killed quite a few people?  Emily's sister doesn't trust him, but will she? How can he keep her safe and still find the answers he needs? The twists and turns are endless. This book is so full, it will have your mind reeling as you try to figure out what is happening, who is guilty, and who is not.  Lisa did an amazing job as and author. She intertwines, suspense, faith, and romance all in a fastpaced, sweet, yet unpredictable plot.  For a short time, I felt like I was left hanging in regards to one character's outcome. I kept wondering how it turned out for him and his family, as he kind of vaporized in the action that followed the end of his role, but Lisa does mention him briefly in the final chapter to clarify.  The end plays out with an intro to book three, which I am already eager to read. Thank you Lisa! I received this book from Book Fun. org in exchange for my unbiased opinion.
Mama_Cat More than 1 year ago
In the tradition of Lynette Eason and Robin Caroll, Lisa Harris weaves the perfect blend of faith, suspense, and romance in her latest novel, Fatal Exchange. It is the top notch second tale in the Southern Crimes series, and can be read as a stand-alone book. It is fast-paced, full of heart-pounding danger and action with faith woven in and around a unique twist on one of the most terrifying situations in the headlines today. The characters from the first book, Dangerous Passage, are seamlessly intermingled with enough information to fully appreciate their role in this novel. Primary characters Emily Hunt and Mason Taylor forge a tentative partnership for which the only purpose is to help a troubled teen, Rafael, who is one of the sons of a widowed mother who works long, grueling hours. Emily comes from a law enforcement family who loves her peaceful life as a private high school teacher. Mason is an undercover detective who has a serious family emergency that is put on hold when the morning that changes many lives begins. Rafael’s brother is kidnapped by a drug cartel with the threat that if his impoverished family doesn’t pay the ransom demanded, they will kill him. The cartel may be responsible for the murder of at least four other young adults. Emily and Mason plan to do their best to help Rafael and his brother, at least until the nightmare begins and all bets are off. Fatal Exchange breaks speed limits from the very beginning, progressing with the intensity of an out-of-control race car. Just when it seems that the brakes have finally caught and the car has stabilized, even for a moment, the deadly unexplained acceleration begins again … and the nightmare may never end for Emily and her family. This is an outstanding, exciting novel which I would highly recommend to anyone who enjoys Christian suspense with the potential for romance. The message of faith in God comes through without being “preachy”, and the characters are three-dimensional, believable people with conversations that are well- written and flowing. Fatal Exchange is well-worth the read, not only as an excellent work of fiction but also as an offering to the heavenly Father who gives all good gifts and talents. I received a copy of this book through the “For Readers Only” group at The Book Club Network, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
KMarkovich More than 1 year ago
I loved how the author quickly brought me right into the story, and then eased into the past relationships and information from the first book (which have not read but now would love to read – and I can’t wait to read her next book!). The back of the book really sums this book up – Fatal Exchange will draw you into a complex matrix of intertwining lies, unraveling secrets, and unexpected love. Emily Hunt is a school teacher. Although it seems the rest of her family are cops – she has no desire to have anything to do with that kind of adrenaline filled life. But she finds herself one cold morning in a strange hostage situation. Then, just when it seems to be over, the plot thickens and changes like a roller coaster ride. Most of the book occurs during a single day, which in some ways doesn’t seem possible but given how life can change in a moment, it all seems so real as I read it. Another part of the story revolves around Mason – a cop and former enemy to Emily as he supposedly caused her brother’s death but as the day progresses, he becomes her new love interest. He has his own issues of needing to forgive his dying father for abandoning him as a child. I loved how the characters often prayed short, simple prayers as they sought God’s wisdom during their difficult circumstances. This was a great book! I highly recommend it. I received this book from TBCN in return for my honest opinion.
JoannaDursi 12 months ago
The author did a great job weaving characters from DANGEROUS PASSAGE into FATAL EXCHANGE. Not only do we get Emily and Mason’s story, but we get a heavy dose of Avery’s as well. This book turned into so much more than I expected. I thought the first crisis would be it but WOW what a storyline. I cannot wait to read the next book. I have a feeling there’s going to be tears.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have read first two books in series and currently reading the third, wonderful r e ading.recommend you reading this series
train_lady More than 1 year ago
Solid suspense/mystery. In tune with our times. I would have given it 5 stars, but there just seemed to be something missing in the telling. Don't get me wrong. There is plenty of action, and the mystery had me guessing until near the end. The romance went as expected, so no surprise there. A good lead-in at the end for the next book in the seriesl
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I have read the first in the series, and was not sure I wanted to read Emily story. I cannot put it down! I am only to the point that they have rescued the hostages! Who got shot?? Also Avery was shot in the chapter earlier...will she live? How will they tell Tess,her daughter? Will Mason and Emily connect? Sorry, I have to go back and finish my newest read. I really like the way this author writes
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ksnapier475 More than 1 year ago
Fatal Exchange, by Lisa Harris, is a modern-day suspense novel. Before beginning this book, find a comfortable seat and a nice cup of a favorite beverage, because once you begin to read this you will want to stay with it to the end. Emily Hunt’s brother, a police officer, was killed. Whereby Emily and her family have their own suspect, it needs to be proven. The path that this book takes you on will keep the reader on the edge of their seat. This is a very good book and I look forward to reading more by this author. I was given this book by the author and bookfun.org in exchange for my fair and honest review.
dhiggins4 More than 1 year ago
This was #2 in the Southern Crimes Series. This book follows Emily Hunt (Avery's sister who was the main character in Book #1) and Mason Taylor (the guy that Avery believes has something to do with her brother, Michael's, death). There is a case Mason is working on with the drug cartel and Emily gets caught up in it. There is also another case going on at the same time. This book had a twist at the end. I would recommend this book and any book by Lisa Harris. She is a very talented author. I received this book from bookfun for my honest opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love books written in a series format. I very much enjoy getting to know characters as they develop from book to book. And, the same holds true for this one. I thought this was a great story of finding the strength that is in us to do what needs to be done in an unexpected, traumatic situation. The strength that only God can give us to keep us level headed and the wisdom and courage to handle anything we face. An easy to get into and quick read.
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Nutz2read More than 1 year ago
Fast-paced suspense novel. 3.5 stars Fatal Exchange is the second book in Lisa Harris’ newest series, Southern Crimes. This is the first of her books that I’ve read and I enjoyed it. It is fast-paced and held my attention. Since I didn’t read the first book in the series, Dangerous Passage, I didn’t understand at first why we had Avery’s point of view. Once I found out book one was hers, it made more sense. Though this is book two in the series, it can very easily be read as a standalone, though there is a bit of a cliff-hanger at the end to ensure you will want to pick up the next book when it releases in Spring of 2015. There were undoubtedly several things I missed because of not reading Dangerous Passage first, but nothing noticeable enough to detract from the story. Emily Hunt comes from a family of cops, but is the odd one out because she chose to be a school teacher. I really liked Emily’s character. She was very believable and likeable. I enjoyed that while the author threw her into a high-stress, high-risk situation, she didn’t try to make her into a super heroine. She was scared, tense, emotional, everything I imagine I would be, if I were to face a similar crisis. There seems to be a fine line in writing, between having a strong, independent heroine, and a clingy, annoying one. I really appreciated that Ms. Harris finds just the right balance to make Emily feel real. Our hero is Mason Taylor and he is a great character! He is strong, determined, while also being kind and compassionate. The undercover cop character sometimes seems overdone and worn out, but Ms. Harris finds just the right balance for his character, too. While he is a cop, we see more than just one side of him. He has loved Emily for years, but has stayed just a friend out of respect for her faith. I was a little surprised that when he gets the chance to reconnect with her, he doesn’t immediately jump at it. Yes, there is a lot going on so that wasn’t really an option, but he mostly continues to be the friend she needs, while weighing the possibility of something more. I was slightly disappointed that Ms. Harris left Emily and Mason’s relationship on the sidelines for most of the book. This book is mostly suspense with a little romance. I suppose since the book covers a very small time frame, the romance would have seemed rushed had she done more with it, but I would also have liked there to have been a bit more depth to it. Hopefully she will pick it up again in the third book. My main complaint is that this book is more suspense than mystery, which wouldn‘t be a problem, except she tried to make it a mystery. The few “twists” seemed to lack originality and I could guess what was going to happen next without putting much thought into it. Also the “surprise” villain was very obvious. I saw it coming almost as soon as it happened, the only surprise was why they did it and that never seemed to be clearly defined. We are left with the “we may never truly know the reason,” excuse. That was frustrating for me. I was impressed with how she wove faith into the story. It isn’t a major part of it, but she highlights what is there very well. The main spiritual theme is forgiveness, focusing on forgiving others. This quote sums it up rather well, I think, “My father always told me that forgiveness is a choice. A conscious decision to let go.” Emily Hunt, page 279 Mason and Emily struggle with this through out the book. Mason must forgive someone from his past and Emily has to let go of the betrayal she feels. Forgiveness is never an easy topic to broach and while Ms. Harris does a great job of it, it did get a bit overwhelming for a couple pages at the end. I know she was trying to tie up the story and bring it to a close, but it felt both condensed and strangely long at the same time. She piled a lot into a few pages, then drug the last chapter out. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fast paced suspense! I received this book through The Book Club Network for my honest opinion, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
inspiremichelle More than 1 year ago
Fatal Exchange by Lisa Harris Lisa Harris hit it out the park with this one. The last thing in the world Emily Hunt wants is to be is a cop or be in a relationship with one. Having grown up in a family of cops she decides, on a safe career, like a teacher. But her world is turned upside down when her classroom is taken hostage by student Rafael Cerda. Rafael is being controlled by the drug cartel that is holding his brother and mother hostage. Mason Taylor is the undercover cop that has been mentoring Rafael, when Emily’s class is taken he try’s to negotiate their release. When that fails he makes sure he gets in the class to help. As Mason and Emily struggle to survive they fight unwanted feelings for one another. Fatal Exchange is a magnificent novel, I give it five stars. It is Christian fiction with romance and mystery. Fast paced and full of action it is sure to keep you at the edge of your seat. It is book two of the Southern Crimes Series. You can read this book alone but I am sure you will want to read Dangerous Passage book one in the series. I want to give a high-five to the author Lisa Harris and publisher Revell for bringing compelling Christian books that are entertaining and give hope to the reader with stories of faith. The Book Club Network Inc. provided me with this book in exchange for my honest review and I am so grateful for their, the authors and publishers generosity.
SweetPea_3 More than 1 year ago
The plot for Fatal Exchange is similar to current news headlines, which makes it all the more chilling and frighteningly feasible. A hostage situation in a school is not where any of us would like to find ourselves. I thought the author tacked this tough situation well. This story is compelling and interesting, with a few well placed twists you won't see coming.  Unfortunately, the thing that detracts from this being a fantastic book and takes it down to somewhere between interesting and pretty good is that much of the romance is pretty cheesy. Also, because of this, the ending is somewhat underwhelming. I still enjoyed the book because of the engaging storyline. It's still worth a read, just be prepared for an eye roll here and there. This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
chrisGA More than 1 year ago
This is a Christian suspense thriller that starts off with an adrenaline rush and keeps the momentum going until the end of the story. The first half of the book puts the reader into the middle of an intense hostage crisis involving a gun-wielding teenager holding his teacher and fellow students until a ransom is paid and his younger brother is released by the drug cartel holding him captive. When that situation is resolved, for better or worse, it seems that the rest of the book will take the reader through the aftermath of said events as those involved try to sort out motives and culpability and deal with their emotional trauma. It is impossible not to relate to Emily’s feelings as she says: “Why was everyone asking her if she was okay? She wasn’t okay. She wasn’t sure she would ever be okay again. Or at least she would never look at things the same.” And “ She shook her head wondering how long it took to shake the fear that had surrounded her the past few hours. How long would it take to forgive herself for not saving (everyone)? How long would her heart hurt because things had ended this way?” Unfortunately, however, the crisis is not over; the nightmare continues with new victims. Everything Emily, and the reader, thought was true is turned upside down as the action goes racing off in the new direction in the second half of the book. I don’t want to spoil the story with more information, but suffice to say, the roller coaster ride continues. The reader is introduced to the Hunt family in the first book in the Southern Crimes series, DANGEROUS PASSAGE, but this second book is well able to stand alone. While the first book emphasized the story of Avery, a homicide detective, this book is gives her sister, Emily, the starring role. Emily is the teacher in the classroom, and the gunman is a student she mentored. Her niece, Avery’s daughter, Tess, is one of the hostages. Mason, the undercover cop hero is the same man that Avery blames for the death of their brother, Michael. All of these characters are likeable, true-to-life people who are motivated by desire to do good in the world and a sense of intense responsibility for making bad things right. They draw strength from their faith, and their prayers for guidance and help flow naturally as integral components of their lives. I received the book in a Goodreads giveaway, but the opinions are my own
Writingsof_Rosie More than 1 year ago
A thrilling, captivating mystery! What a roller coaster ride! Once you start reading Fatal Exchange the pace picks up and never slows. I loved that. There's nothing quite like curling up on a rainy day with an awesome mystery book and Fatal Exchange fit the bill. I was completely enthralled into the story and was lost in its pages for a couple hours, hardly able to set the book down.  I did not read the previous book in this series, nonetheless, I didn't feel like I was missing anything. It can definitely be read as a stand-alone. I will say, after I tore through Fatal Exchange, I'll be going back to find Dangerous Passage for certain. Harris writes in a fluid style that leaves you turning pages.  I really, really, liked Emily and Mason. I felt I could relate to certain aspects of their character. They felt so real! I was so thankful for how accurately Emily's emotions were portrayed after everything she went through. I cringe when I read about characters who breeze through life having unrealistic reactions to traumatic events. I also felt Mason's internal struggles were justifiable. I found myself thankful again that his growing relationship with Christ wasn't stilted or forced, rather the opposite. I appreciate Godly characters so much.  The "mystery" and thrill in and of itself was fantastic and different for me, personally. I will definitely be looking up more of Harris's works and digging into Dangerous Passage when I have time. Why, oh, why must we wait until Spring '15 for the next book?? I highly recommend to fellow readers of mystery/thrillers. There really wasn't much romance in the story, but if there had been more than there was, it wouldn't have flowed. I recommend to readers fifteen or older due to the nature of the story. Things to know: There are at least ten murders either mentioned or presented in the story, though not given in grotesque detail. There is a drug cartel.  I received this book from Revell in return for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done. Thanks!