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Private Justice (Newpointe 911, Book 1) Paperback – April 27, 1998
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In 1994 Terri was writing for publishers such as HarperCollins, Harlequin, Dell and Silhouette, when a spiritual awakening drew her into the Christian market. As she was praying about her transition, she went on a cruise and noticed that almost everyone on the boat (including her) had a John Grisham novel. It occurred to her that some of Grisham's readers were Christians, and that if she wrote a fast-paced thriller with an added faith element, she might just find her niche. As God would have it, Christian publishers were showing interest in the suspense genre, so she quickly sold a four-book series to Zondervan. Since that time, she's written over thirty Christian titles, most of them suspense novels.
Besides entertaining her readers, Terri tackles issues that she hopes will change lives. Her recent book, Predator, was inspired by her experiences on Facebook and Twitter, and her concern that people posted too much personal information about themselves. The book deals with an online predator who uses social networks as his playground. She hopes the book will change readers' online habits. Her New York Times best-seller, Intervention, was inspired by her own personal struggles with a daughter on drugs. In the book, a mother hires an interventionist for her drug-addicted daughter. But on the way to treatment, the interventionist is murdered, and the daughter disappears. Barbara, the mother, sets out to search for her daughter. Terri modeled Barbara after herself, and poured many of her own emotions and experiences into that character. As a result, many families experiencing drug addiction have written to thank her for telling their story and giving them hope.
Other recent books include her stand-alone novel Shadow in Serenity, and Vicious Cycle (Book 2 in her Intervention Series). She's also known for popular series such as the Restoration Series, the Cape Refuge Series, the Newpointe 911 Series, and the SunCoast Chronicles series.
Terri has appeared on national television programs such as "The 700 Club" and "Home Life," and has been a guest on numerous radio programs across the country. The story of her personal journey appears in books such as Touched By the Savior by Mike Yorkey, True Stories of Answered Prayer by Mike Nappa, Faces of Faith by John Hanna, and I Saw Him In Your Eyes by Ace Collins.
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What is also refreshing is that Private Justice doesn't follow a formulaic, Polyanish, everything-is-okay storyline. There are real people, with human flaws, who fail their families and their God. Christians make mistakes. Men are not Knights in shining armor and woman are not breath-takingly beautiful homemakers with perfect waistlines and no bad thoughts.
There is a marriage on the rocks that is put together only by God who allows tragic circumstances to force two independent belivers to come to grips with His will for thier lives. This book mirrors the real Christian life. You as a reader will at times wonder if Terri Blackstock has inside information from your life.
What I also enjoy is that Private Justice is so tightly written that she doesn't have to overwhelm the reader with unneccessary minutia about the field of police and fire and rescue.
This was my very first Terri Blackstock novel, but I can assure you that I will read many more. She has a wonderful storytelling talent. May God richly bless her work.
Regrettably, I was not familiar with your work (even though I read some 40-50 books a year, and have over a thousand volumes in our home library) until my daughter urged me to consider reading your books. I respect her judgment, and began "Private Justice," from your "Newpointe 911" series a few weeks ago.
Today I finished the final installment, "Line of Duty," of your five-volume series. It was the 46th book I've read this year (yes, I do keep a log!)... and your "911" series accounted for five of the last thirteen. This, hopefully, conveys the extent of my interest in and appreciation for your writings.
Please accept my congratulations for having developed an extraordinarily unique style... combining tales of interest and excitement, with characters who become real persons; and blending in your compelling spiritual messages in a manner which brings the John Grishams, the Mary Higgins Clarks, et al; together with the Max Lucados, the Philip Yanceys, and the Lahayes.
So, again... Congratulations!... On your creative writing talents, your development of suspenseful plots and characters readers come to know intimately... and especially for bringing your inspiring messages to many readers who may not otherwise seek out books dealing solely with your sincere dedication to The Nazarene.
I wish for you continuing success... and for many more Terri Blackstone series to come!
--Ron Howe (Toby Martin II) / Erskine, Minnesota
If you are portending to write about crime and law enforcement, please try to learn SOMETHING about either. I am a police officer and I was so incredibly distracted by the inaccuracies regarding how the investigation was being handled. As a murder mystery goes, it almost seems as if the murders were an afterthought so that the publishers had something to write in the book description. The murders were kind of forgotten about for a period while we took a break to discuss God, faith, marriages, break-ups...
The characters were flat and there was no drama.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Enjoyed it for the most part...a little to Harlequinny about the relationship stuff for me.Published 3 days ago by Lynne Read
Terri Blackstock is an awesome Christian writer. Every one of her books have been wonderful and entrancing and I can't put them down. That's my kind of book.Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
It was an excellent read and moved along quickly. The characters were developed well and I felt their pain and joy. It also had a satisfying ending. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Mo GA
The overall plot of the book was pretty good. What drove me nuts was the unbelievable stupidity of the main characters. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Shonna Mac
Great read. I appreciate Terri Blackstock's comments at the end of this book especially. A great attention keeper. Loved it.Published 2 months ago by God's servant
The author of this book holds strong religious views. Her devotion to her faith is evident, just as is her distaste for those who do not share her beliefs. Read morePublished 3 months ago by B.W.Elmore