From Library Journal
Another winner from Blackstock. It is the week of Mardi Gras in the Louisiana town of Newpointe, and the whole town is celebrating. Then horrible news arrives: Martha Dwyer, the wife of a firefighter, has been found murdered, shot through the head, her body set on fire. The townspeople's shock soon turns to horror when yet another firefighter's wife is found murdered in a similar fashion. By the time a third wife is attacked, it has become clear that a serial killer is at work. Firefighter Mark Branning is terrified, especially since he and his wife are estranged. Realizing that Allie may be the next victim, Mark convinces his reluctant wife to leave town with him. Unfortunately, this action does not stop the killer. This tense and exciting thriller is more than a fabulous read; it has an underlying message about the place of religion within a marriage. Highly recommended.
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From the Publisher
A dark shadow of fear has fallen over sunny Newpointe, Louisiana. First one, then another of the town firemen's wives has been murdered, a third has barely escaped an attempt on her life, and what at first seemed incredible appears to be only too true: A serial killer is stalking this sleepy little community near the Mississippi border. For fireman Mark Branning, the murders are a dash of icy water, waking him up to how much he really cares about his own wife, Allie. Their bad marriage had faded into an uneasy separation. Now, with a madman on the loose, Allie's life could be in danger--and marital problems or not, Mark is determined to protect her. The danger is much closer than either of them had realized. A terrifying encounter makes it clear that Allie is at the top of the killer's list. Her life could end violently at the hands of a cunning and relentless psychopath . . . unless Mark and Allie can find out who the criminal is and bring that person to justice. A suspenseful, superbly woven tapestry of fear, faith, and close-knit, small-town relationships, Private Justice pits an estranged couple against an enemy greater than their own marital struggles. Mark and Allie must resolve their differences, trusting God in a way they never have before, or suffer lethal consequences . . . and they don't have much time to make the choice. Private Justice is book one in the Newpointe 911 mystery series by award-winning novelist Terri Blackstock. Written in the style of Mary Higgins Clark, Newpointe 911 offers fast-paced suspense and action, seasoned with romance and tempered by insights into the nature of relationships, redemption, and the human heart.