Lethal Target

Lethal Target

by Janice Cantore


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ISBN-13: 9781496423740
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: 10/09/2018
Series: Line of Duty Series , #2
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 141,921
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Janice Cantore writes suspense novels that are designed to keep fans engrossed and leave them inspired. A former police officer of twenty-two years, she has worked a variety of assignments, including patrol, administration, juvenile investigations, and training. She now lives in a small town in southern Oregon, where she enjoys exploring the forests, rivers, and lakes with her Labrador retrievers, Abbie and Tilly.

Alice Anne English is an audiobook narrator who has two decades of experience acting in operettas, musicals, Shakespeare, modern classics, and contemporary plays in both New York City and Washington, DC.

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The dream was always so vivid to Tess. The sound of a struggle, the screams of fear and anger, then the sharp report of a gunshot — they were all completely real. It was as if she'd been there, but of course she hadn't. The fake echo of sounds didn't wake her up. Even in her sleep, it was the blood that woke her, the thud of a body hitting the pavement and the spatter of blood all over the sidewalk.

Tess's eyes shot open. She sucked in a shuddering breath as the nightmare faded. Feeling sticky with sweat, she sat up and threw the blanket off. She knew it would be no use to try to go back to sleep.

She placed her feet flat on the floor and sat with her head in her hands as her heart rate settled down to normal. It had been more than a decade since the nightmare had shredded her sleep and she'd thought she was well past it. Why now?

It had started years ago, on her birthday. The nightmare smashed her sleep in some form or another for a long time after the incident that sparked it. The PD shrink had said it was a kind of PTSD that would fade with time, and it had.

Here she was in a new home, in a new place, miles away from Long Beach, years older, so much perspective behind her, and she never expected the dream to resurface.

She was wrong.

It was a little after four in the morning. Chief of Police Tess O'Rourke flipped on the lights and decided that her day would start now. She showered, scrubbing her head with shampoo, working to wash the remnants of the dream away.

There was no date on the calendar that affected Tess more than her birthday, June 1. Birthday — one day out of the year to celebrate however many years a person has been alive.

Some people hated it because they hated the thought of getting older, but aging never bothered Tess. It was something else about the day that tortured her.

Her birthday was also the anniversary of her father's murder.

He was shot and killed while on duty on her sixteenth birthday. He died on a dirty sidewalk in Long Beach. For Tess, the day was never a celebration. It was a day to get through, nothing more.

* * *

The phone rang when Tess was halfway through her first cup of coffee, studying a folder of paperwork she'd received from the DEA. Routine helped dispel the fog that came after the dream. The routine of police work was good medicine.

Caller ID told her it was Becky Jonkey, the graveyard patrol officer. Tess frowned. Becky would be EOW in a little over an hour; her call now meant something unexpected had happened. She grabbed her phone.

"O'Rourke here."

"Chief, I've got a situation. A dead teenager. Looks like a drug overdose."

Tess heard the uncertainty in her voice. "Looks like?"

"It's complicated."

"I'll be right there. Address?"

Tess wrote down the address and closed the folder she'd been studying. It was Friday morning and, because of all the hours she'd put in at work so far this week, technically her day off, but she'd learned that the chief of police was never really off duty. And she didn't mind. Police work was her life, especially on her birthday, and the lines between off shift and on shift were thoroughly blurred already.

Besides, she'd asked to be notified of any death appearing to be drug related. Drugs, specifically synthetic opiates, were the black plague of the twenty-first century. Drug overdose was becoming an all-too-common phrase. There was a growing crisis in the Rogue Valley of opiate addiction and death by opiate overdose. Officers in Medford, forty minutes away and the largest city near Rogue's Hollow, carried Narcan to deal with the issue. Tess considered whether issuing Narcan was feasible for her tiny department. Given a small-town budget, it would be difficult.

The paperwork she'd been studying concerned drugs, homemade and illegal opioids. Tess had arrested a fugitive last summer, Roger Marshall, a man who'd been smuggling drugs into Oregon from California. She and one of her officers had helped to develop the intelligence that enabled the DEA to make some big arrests. As a result, they were invited to take part in a large-scale warrant service in the early morning hours this coming Monday, led by the DEA, just over the border in Yreka, California. It was the culmination of nearly a year's worth of investigation.

But the raid wasn't until Monday. Today she had a death to investigate.

Her uniform was at the station, so she decided on jeans, a polo shirt, and her duty belt. As she dressed, Tess considered the address Becky had given her for the call, a high-priced location. She wasn't that familiar with this particular number, but it indicated to her that this wasn't some street person. The homes on Broken Wheel were the most expensive in Rogue's Hollow. Was that why it was complicated?

A passing glance at the digital clock on her mantel, one that also gave the temperature and the date, gave her pause.

It was bad enough the sun was just dawning on her birthday; now she was heading to a death. She'd never be free of the clutches of this day. It was a cool, dry morning, and Tess shivered with foreboding as she locked up her house and climbed into her patrol SUV.


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Lethal Target 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
tiggeruoSO 5 months ago
So this is a first book for me by this author and I was not disappointed. This book had me on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next. The use of drugs and how it impacts so many lives not just the users is very much talked about in this book. Towards the end when I thought the story was done I started to wonder what about..... don't worry if you get to the point to the author will surprise you with a huge shocker and its so worth it. I am not sure if its common with this author but if you are looking for a love story between the two main characters this is not the case. This book did not disappoint in the least and will have you guessing to the very end. I have not read the first book in the series but I plan to start that one soon, I can't wait to see what the author has plans for these characters. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley. I was under no obligation to post a review and have given my honest opinion
dhiggins4 6 months ago
“Lethal Target” by Janice Cantore is an exciting read! Janice Cantore is one of my favorite romantic suspense author, and she continues to be! This is Book 2 of The Line of Duty series. This book continues with Tess as the main character. It starts out with the murder of an eighteen year old. Tess is wondering if the local pot farm could have some connections with the murder. There is a lot of suspense and action with a little bit of romance thrown in. I definitely recommend this book and all books that Janice Cantore writes. I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley for my honest opinion.
dhiggins4 6 months ago
“Lethal Target” by Janice Cantore is an exciting read! Janice Cantore is one of my favorite romantic suspense author, and she continues to be! This is Book 2 of The Line of Duty series. This book continues with Tess as the main character. It starts out with the murder of an eighteen year old. Tess is wondering if the local pot farm could have some connections with the murder. There is a lot of suspense and action with a little bit of romance thrown in. I definitely recommend this book and all books that Janice Cantore writes. I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley for my honest opinion.
Amaack 8 months ago
One of my top fiction reads for 2017 was Crisis Shot by Janice Cantore. I think one of my top fiction reads for 2018 is going to be the second book in the Line of Duty book series. I loved reading Crisis Shot because of the way Cantore incorporated current issues into the fiction story she was weaving. As someone with an avid interest in criminal justice - so much so that I got a master's degree in the subject, I still learned so much about the thought processes that might be occurring in different situations. I enjoyed getting to know Police Chief Tess O'Rourke in Crisis Shot, and I loved getting another glimpse into her mind in Lethal Target. The storyline picks up a few months after the end of Crisis Shot. It was enough time to give the characters time to breathe and get to know each other better. And once again, the subject matter of the book - a possible over-dose of a teen boy potentially related to the newly legalized pot farm on the outskirts of town, had me thinking about things in new ways. The relationships within the storyline have deepened in such natural ways that I find myself rooting for them. I was suspicious right along with the characters. And I was on the edge of my seat as the last few chapters took place. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This review is my own, honest opinion.
Barbara-Tobey 9 months ago
An exciting police tale. It is so nice to read about contemporary situations, racism, drugs, etc., without having to trip over foul language. Plenty of action with some surprises along the way. A hint of romance. Some introspection and development of the main characters, as well as a secondary character or two. I was grateful to have read the first one even though this is a stand alone book. By reading Crisis Shot I was able to become familiar and invested in the main character. The background is mentioned and expanded upon in this story.
JudyinHuntsvilleAL 10 months ago
I enjoy a good mystery now and then, and Lethal Target by Janice Cantore did not disappoint! This is the second book in the Line of Duty series about Police Chief Tess O'Rourke and I've got to say - there's A LOT going on in her little town. The focus of this book is on solving the murder untimely death of an eighteen year old on his way to a bright future, but there are so many twists and turns I honestly wasn't sure what was going to happen each time I turned the page! She kept me guessing until the very end! I especially enjoyed how Janice Cantore shared with us Chief O'Rourke's spiritual journey and developing love interest [and I look forward to where this leads in the next book!]
lsnlj 10 months ago
This is book two in The Line of Duty series, even though it is a stand alone book, book one gives you lots of history into the characters in book two and it is a good book to read anyway. I am glad I read them both. Both books focus on Police Chief Tess O’Rourke and the many struggles past and present she is facing. She is a beautiful, determined police woman who is great at her job, yet when questions fly about her ability to do her job she must learn to trust on God, even though she feels like he left her long ago. Janice Cantore does an amazing job at putting you in the mind and heart of the police. Her books are full of suspense, problem solving and more. There is a touch of romance in this one but it is by far not the main focus. If you like contemporary police suspense type books you will like this one. There are many twist and turns in this book. I look forward to ready book 3, if there is one.
TamaraTilley 10 months ago
LETHAL TARGET – A great follow-up to CRISIS SHOT! Though it was difficult circumstances that led Police Chief Tess O’Rourke to Rogue’s Hollow, she’s beginning to settle in and think of it as home. Like any small town, it has its quirks, and characters, and local politics, but overall, it’s a close-knit community. That’s why the legalization of pot farms and the possibility of selling marijuana within the city limits is causing turmoil in the sleepy town. However, when a teenager is found dead from what appears to be an opioid overdose, Tess is afraid she has an even bigger problem. Without any leads, and a troublemaker from her past taunting her publicly, the citizens of Rogue’s Hollow begin to question Tess’s ability to police the town properly. When a murder points to Tess as the perpetrator, her career begins to spiral. And if that isn’t enough, her relationship with a fellow police officer has hit the skids because of her unwillingness to commit. Pastor Oliver Macpherson offers a sympathetic ear and a sounding board while Tess struggles. He knows the death of her father, and her loss of faith in God are stumbling blocks preventing her from moving forward, but also sensitive subjects she doesn’t want to talk about. Navigating a friendship with Tess has its boundaries, but Oliver is willing to wait for her to come around. Juggling personal, professional, and political turmoil, Tess finds herself questioning everything. Once again, Janice Cantore uses her experience as a retired police officer to pen a believable, plot driven story. Though LETHAL TARGET can be read as a standalone novel, you’ll learn more about the characters by reading CRISIS SHOT. There are several secondary characters that add to the backbone of the story and the community of Rogue’s Hollow, some you’ll like-some you won’t. My only negative is the Fiction/Romance/Suspense label. There wasn’t enough romance to garner its inclusion. I was even disappointed to find out the relationship that was established in the previous book didn’t make it to this one. Other than that, a good police read for anyone who is interested in the genre. I received a complimentary copy of LETHAL TARGET from Tyndale Publishing, with no obligation to write a review. My opinions are my own.
More_Than_A_Review 10 months ago
Janice Cantore has done it again with Lethal Target. Admittedly I was a little concerned when I read the back cover about Tess having feelings for Oliver. Janice made it flow beautifully and reasonably. The book opens with Tess’s birthday. A day she does not celebrate as her dad was killed in the line of duty on her 16th birthday. She has been angry at God ever since and questioning his existence. Oliver is the local pastor who lost his wife in the first book. He plays a major role in the book and in the town. I truly enjoyed his conversations with Don Cherry. This was a great addition to the story. The blogger who hates Tess has come to her town to continue to harass her. This time someone is paying him to cause her trouble and distract her. Janice’s books are so realistic and not just the police drama part of it. In Lethal Target we have local politics and the legalization of marijuana and the effects it has on the town. I was thrilled to see Tilley in the book and the progress she is making. Janice adds these little details that thrill readers and makes the characters real to us. sex - none violence - a teen is murdered, people are shot at, some killed, some people kidnapped, drugs/alcohol - recovering drug addict, legalized marijuana, I received this book from Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. You can see my full review at More Than a Review dot com where I rate the level of sex, violence, language and drug/alcohol use in books.
Pooke 11 months ago
Modern Problems? Legalizing marijuana solves everyone’s problems, right? That’s what the supporters of the new legalization have said. But the residents of the small community of Rogue’s Hollow disagree. They have been up in arms ever since Hang Ten, a pot farm, opened in their area after the legislation passed. Ever since then, things have taken a downturn. Threatening looking people have started showing up in town. Supposedly, their purpose is to work security at Hang Ten. Townspeople have started disappearing. Additionally, a boy who had everything going for him is found dead. Supposedly he died of an overdose, even though he very vocally spoke out against drugs. But was he really murdered? An instigator from Los Angles arrives who despises the new Police Chief, Tess O’Rouke. He lives to spread hate towards the chief, stalking her all over town while bad mouthing her. A controversial case from her previous location, along with all the accusations from the instigator, cause people to question her honesty. Then, a dead body shows up on her front porch. Is Tess corrupt and behind the death, or is she being framed? Is Hang Ten to blame for all the bad things that have happened? This is an exciting book that is hard to put down. Great characters make this tale even better, and the reader will be surprised at the end. This great tale contains nothing offensive, and is written from a Christian viewpoint. Lethal Target is part of the Pacific Coast Justice series, but this story stands on its own. I highly recommend this 5-star book. Tyndale House Publishing has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of Lethal Target, for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
HollyMag321 11 months ago
WOW! This book was entertaining from the opening pages until the very end. I love how the author has developed Tess’ character. She is a strong woman with a tremendous burden when it comes to the death of her father. Oliver brings to much to the story as he deals with his own loss and the desire to help those he cares about. I loved the story. Though, the Hector character bothered me on so many levels. But sadly, I think he represented too many people in our society, the desire to make our police officers look bad. She also dealt with the issue of legalized pot farms and issues they can create in a community. (Especially one like Rogue Hollow) I would definitely buy this book for my friends who enjoy mystery/suspense novels. As a book two it does stand alone, but you would get more out of this story by reading the first one. Disclaimer: I did receive this copy free from the publisher through netgalley.com. I was under no obligation to give a review and the thoughts I express are my own.
SemmieWise 11 months ago
** “God has a greater knowledge of everything than I will ever have. I can’t question his will or resent circumstances over which I have no control. All I can do is live my life the way I’m called to live it.” ** ** “Faith in God would never insulate a person from the pain of living, but without faith there was no hope that the pain would count for something, that it wasn’t all for nothing.” ** Janice Cantore brings her real-world law enforcement experience to the written page once again with her latest novel, “Lethal Target.” After relocating from Long Beach, Calif., Tess O’Rourke is settling nicely into her new job as the Rogue’s Hollow, Oregon, chief of police. All that comes to a screeching halt, though, when 17-year-old Tim Harper is found dead in his bed … and Tess believes it could be drug related. With the local (and legal) pot farm Hang Ten, and the seedy characters it employs, getting more and more aggressive, Tess must dive into what happened to Tim and determine if he was indeed murdered and if drugs were involved. With help from Pastor Oliver Macpherson, who lost his wife and cousin to a drug dealer and murderer in Book 1, Tess must not only solve Tim’s mysterious death, but figure out what happened to several other men who go missing. And she must also decide whether she can stop being angry at God for taking her father on her 16th birthday and come to trust in Him again. As always, Cantore fills her novels with tons of amazing and complex characters. Tess and Oliver are both very strong characters, but also both very flawed and relatable, trying to overcome their weaknesses as they start to develop feelings for each other. Characters like Don “The Hulk” Cherry and handyman Bryce Evergreen, both who work at Hang Ten, are riveting — are they good or are they bad?; Hector Connor-Ruiz, a pest from Tess’ past, drips with malice and is truly vexing; and most of the town’s police officers and officials are endearing and supportive of Tess. But besides being an incredible police thriller with just a smidgen of romance, “Lethal Target” provides so many incredible lessons. With murders, frame-ups, kidnappings, drug use and a growing opioid epidemic, Cantore repeatedly reminds us the world is broken. But, she is quick to remind us that there is a hope of heaven and restoration, even in the deepest of losses. Faith and trust are woven throughout the entire novel as major themes — reminding us that God is both in the good and the bad, even when we lose that faith. Cantore reminds us again and again that we can and need to have faith that God is in control of all outcomes. Once again, Cantore’s own experience as a Long Beach police officer shines through with another excellently written novel. And event though this is the second novel in the series, it can definitely be read as a standalone. She does an excellent job catching the reader up with Book 1’s plot (I myself unfortunately missed Book 1 and had no problem understanding what was going on in “Lethal Target”). I cannot wait for the conclusion of this series, unfortunately not due out until Summer 2019! Five stars out of five. Tyndale House Publishers provided this complimentary copy for my honest, unbiased review.