Emily O’Brien is slowly putting the pieces of her life back together after her husband, a state trooper, is killed during a traffic stop. But an envelope she finds behind his desk convinces her his death was no random act of violence. Drawing on her years working the crime beat for a major Chicago newspaper, Emily begins asking questions about Alex’s death. Soon she finds she's also a target. More
Emily O’Brien is slowly putting the pieces of her life back together after her husband, a state trooper, is killed during a traffic stop. But six months after his death, she finds an envelope behind his desk that sends her searching for answers about a case he was secretly working when he died. Soon she’s convinced his death was no random act of violence; it may have been necessary to quiet his investigation into the deaths of six drug runners. Drawing on her years working the crime beat for a major Chicago newspaper, Emily begins asking questions about Alex’s death. Her inquiries take her from a tornado-ravaged community searching for a way to recover to a wealthy and powerful family with political aspirations and connections. As the dots begin to connect, it becomes evident that the same people who killed Alex are beginning to target her as well, forcing Emily to seek protection from some very unlikely sources. As she draws closer to the truth, Emily must face the rage driving her toward vengeance, a rage that is just as dangerous to her soul as the threats against her life.
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I was a journalist for about twelve years with a daily newspaper in the Midwest and am now the author of the Emily O’Brien series. When I’m not writing, I enjoy reading, hiking, cooking, gardening and spending time with my family.
on Aug. 28, 2017 :
The combination of engaging main character and moderately complex mystery kept me interested. Another factor was the true-to-life details about working on a newspaper, both the routine and dramatic aspects. That gave the book a richness and heft that would not be achievable from research alone. The Christian element is subtle and adds to the overall reading experience. I've bought the second book in the series and am well into reading it.
on March 19, 2013 :
a good page-turning story with an engaging heroine. I am glad I didn't notice the Christian tab as this would have put me off reading a good book! Emily is flawed and self-deprecating and as such someone the reader cares about.
(reviewed 14 days after purchase)
Stephen B5 Jones
on Sep. 21, 2012 :
A perfect weekend read with true to life characters and a compelling plot. Good job.