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Product Details

  • Series: Pacific Coast Justice (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; First Edition edition (January 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414358474
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414358475
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #652,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

Police officer turned inspirational crime novelist Cantore delivers another round of crime and intrigue to readers in Accused, the first in her Pacific Coast Justice series. Carly Edwards has been a cop for 10 years, divorced for 1, and stuck behind a desk in juvenile for six months. When a suspect requests Carly by name, she jumps at the chance to get back in the action. But the case is not the simple open-and-shut homicide case it appears to be, leading Carly, instead, into a web of political scandals and police corruption. Who can she trust as she tries to get to the truth? Her ex-husband Nick proves to be an unexpected ally, and his new Christian faith has changed him, making it harder to hate him. As she goes deeper into the murky details of this dangerous investigation, Carly also feels a deeper pull toward God, shared by so many around her. Forced to trust people she has been wary of, Carly begins to see the benefit in trusting faith as well. --Carolyn Richard

From the Back Cover

“Time to prove she isn’t a broken cop.”
An officer-involved shooting six months earlier takes Detective Carly Edwards off the street and sends her to a boring desk job in juvenile. When a troubled youth is arrested for the murder of the mayor, Carly is summoned to the crime scene. Homicide thinks it’s a quick, open-and-shut case, and Carly hopes this will be her ticket back to patrol.

Though her professional life seems to be on track, Carly still has unresolved issues in her personal life. Nick, her ex-husband and fellow police officer, is determined to show Carly that he’s a changed man, but she isn’t convinced he won’t betray her again.

As the murder investigation progresses, Carly suspects a cover-up and strikes out on her own, uncertain whom she can trust. But she soon realizes the case may put her directly in the killers’ crosshairs.

Janice Cantore is a retired Long Beach police officer who now writes suspense novels to keep readers engrossed and leave them inspired. Her years of experience on the force lend authenticity to her stories. Accused is the first in the three-book Pacific Coast Justice series.

More About the Author

A retired Long Beach California police officer of 22 years (16 in uniform and 6 as a non-career officer), Janice Cantore worked a variety of assignments, patrol, administration, juvenile investigations and training. During the course of her career in uniform Janice found that faith was indispensable to every aspect of the job and published articles on faith at work, one for a quarterly newspaper called "Cop and Christ", and another for the monthly magazine "Today's Christian Woman".

With retirement Janice began to write longer pieces and several novels were born. Janice is excited and honored to now be a part of the Tyndale Publishing House family. Accused, the first installment in her new suspense offering, The Pacific Coast Justice Series, was released February 1, 2012 and kicked off a brand new chapter in her writing career. In addition to suspense and action, her books feature strong female leads. Janice writes suspense novels designed to keep you engrossed and leave you inspired.

Customer Reviews

This book kept your interest from beginning to end.
Margery Mears
They were very "real" and Cantore has done a great job with creating and developing her characters in the series.
K. Ingerto
Recommended reading for anyone who likes a good conspiracy suspense.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer VINE VOICE on February 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
"Accused" gives a glimpse into the life of a cop from the perspective of a cop author, which is what drew me to the novel.

Carly is an extremely tormented character. A fresh divorce, a conspiracy theory that the agency she works for is corrupt and a cop-related shooting has taken her off the streets and put her behind a desk. Her bitterness drove me away from her a bit. For the first quarter or so of the book she is very much against a faith in Christ and makes that very clear to the reader and those in her life. I was searching for something that would make her more likeable and struggled until just about half way when she started to soften.

There was much going on, both on an emotional level for Carly and a greater story level for the suspense of the story. A part of the ending did surprise me (in that it actually happened), but there is certainly much to keep the book from being dull -I would have liked a faster pace through the middle of story, but that is my personal opinion in what I want in suspense.

"Accused" is a pretty quick read, I thought parts of the actual writing could be improved, but at the close of the novel, it makes me wonder how Carly will become a stronger character in later books.

This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publishers for my copy to review.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By AvidReader on June 29, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I wanted to love the book, i am always looking for more Christian mystery writers to add to my must-read list, but I found my mind wandering half way through and realized I didn't even care how it turns out...never a good sign! There just wasn't enough believability and genuine intrigue for me. I found myself wanting to tell the main character to stop whining rather than wanting to root for her! There was a little too much over-explaining for my tastes as well, I prefer stories that flow seamlessly without the author having to completely spell every single little thing out over and over again for the reader.
The writing style seemed slightly disjointed, but nothing that was too distracting. It seemed as though this must be the author's first novel...although I did not check, so not sure if that is the case. If it is, hopefully the series will get better, but I don't think I'll be looking for the next book.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By i blog 4 books on February 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
Not sure how I've missed out on Janice Cantore's previous novels, but Accused is one of the best suspense novels I've read in a while! The book read very much like an episode of a TV police drama . . . well, maybe two or three episodes! (Think Law & Order but cleaner and better!)

I loved both Carly and Nick and found myself rooting for them . . . even before I really had the entire back story.

Janice's background as a police officer made the book so realistic. It's obvious she knows what she's writing about! Janice did a great job staying one step ahead of me, so that it wasn't until the very end that I knew for sure "whodunit." (I love trying to guess who the culprit is but hate figuring it out halfway through the book!)

Due to the nature of a police drama, there were quite a few characters and sometimes I had trouble remembering who was who. However, knowing this is the first in a series, I'm sure I'll get to know the main characters better in future books.

The ending was beautifully done . . . not too rush, not trite, but realistic and a good pace. And ... Janice did an amazing job at tying up the loose ends of Accused while obviously setting the stage for the next book in the series. I can't wait to read the next installment of Carly and Nick's story!

I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my fair and honest review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn Gratton on March 24, 2014
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One of the best books I have ever read. Could hardly put it down until I finished, and am looking forward to reading the next one. This would be a great book to share with someone who is not a Christian. I would recommend it for anyone to read. Thank you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tamara Tilley on January 8, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
ACCUSED by Janice Contore was a great cop drama that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Detective Carly Edwards has been behind a desk for six months following an officer involved shooting. When a youth her mother has befriended gets collared for a homicide and asks to speak to Carly, she thinks this just might be the ticket she needs to get her back out on the streets. If she can get the kid to confess, she'll be back doing what she enjoys most. Unbeknownst to Carly, her involvement in this high profile case just might get her killed.

A murdered mayor, an undercover cop that looks as if he's gone dirty, influential people showing up in the wrong places, and Carly's ex-husband looking for a second chance is just the tip of the iceberg that Carly is dealing with. But with every stone she overturns in the mayor's case, more damning evidence turns up, pointing the finger to someone other than a two-bit street punk. The only problem, someone is now looking to silence Carly before she can share her findings.

I really enjoyed ACCUSED. Janice Contore-a retired police officer-has the unique qualifications to write from a position of experience, giving ACCUSED a real sense of authenticity. Her characters were well defined, mixing in the good and the bad that is inevitable in the law enforcement community. I appreciated that Carly, her roommate, and others were not picture perfect people. It added depth to the story to have everyone not necessarily on the same page with each other. I liked the side story of Carly dealing with her ex-husband's infidelity and her confused feelings she still has for him. But, I don't think there was enough interaction between Carly and Nick to earn the label "Romance" in the book description.

Overall, a great read. I have already started ABDUCTED, book two in the series.
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