Monday, August 19, 2013

Critical Pursuit - A Book Review

A Review

Officer Brinna Caruso's day could have gone better.  Her mother was pusing some crazy religion down her throat.  Her new partner's ex-partner was doing the same.  She had made a clean shot at a kid who was shooting at her, except a local attorney was determined to make a federal case of it.  And, a child abuser had resurfaced, 20 years after his first known offense.  Yep, the day could have gone better.  Brinna is now being sidelined from her regular assignment as a member of the K-9 unit and being assigned as the training officer for a lunatic cop that might not make it back onto the force after the death of his wife.

In the midst of this both Jack, her new partner, and Brinna are trying to answer the question of how a person can be in a better place if there is no God.  Though the question is asked more than once in the story, it is never answered definitively; leaving the reader to answer it for himself or herself.

Janice Cantore has again shown herself to be a capable writer.  Her twenty-two year experience as a Long Beach police officer has prepared her for her new writing career.  The suspense, the emotions, the uncertainty associated with this challenging job is seen in the life of Brinna and her colleagues.  The characters, both good and bad, are believable.  The reader is drawn close to the men and women who "protect and serve".  At the same time the reader is forced to view the long dormant abuser with as much contempt as he deserves.

This book will not leave the reader looking for a thrilling read about the life of an officer disappointed.  I will be looking forward to the next book featuring Brinna Caruso, her K-9 partner, Hero, and the rest of her team.

This review is based on a free electronic copy of this book provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review.  The opinions expressed are mine alone.  

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