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An entertaining thriller-cum-romance-cum-conversion story is what readers get in this fast-paced novel. U.S. Marshal Marcus O'Malley has a lot on his mind. One of his sisters has just been diagnosed with cancer, and the case he's working on is getting tricky: a judge has been gunned down, and someone wants to kill the only woman who saw the murder. Marcus's heart gets a workout, too, as he finds himself charmed by the lovely speechwriter who witnessed the crime. Moreover, in a thoughtful subplot, he's shocked to learn that two of his sisters have turned to the church. Marcus himself was once a believer, but lost faith after his mother died. Faith in this novel is never a saccharine panacea, however. Shari, the speechwriter, is also a Christian, and she eloquently testifies that her belief in Jesus "doesn't take away the pain" of traumatic events. Shari and Marcus's slowly unfolding love story is utterly believable (Henderson is an expert in romance, having won the RITA award for Danger in the Shadows). What most distinguishes this novel, however, is its development of charming minor characters. There's Kate, the sister to whom Marcus is closest; Dave, an FBI special agent and Kate's sweetheart; and Jennifer, the sister who bravely suffers cancer. Marcus is the most compelling character of all, struggling to balance the needs of his ill sister with the demands of his job, and managing to do both with panache. Christian readers will relish this intriguing tale.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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A federal judge has been murdered. There is only one witness. And an assassin wants her dead. U.S. Marshal Marcus O'Malley thought he knew the risks of the assignment...He was wrong.

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  • File Size: 1894 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (November 8, 2010)
  • Publication Date: November 8, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004BA54CY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,130 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Dee Henderson is the author of 14 best-selling novels, including the acclaimed O'Malley series and the Uncommon Heroes series. As a leader in the inspirational romantic suspense category, her books have won or been nominated for several prestigious industry awards, including the RWA's RITA Award, the Christy Award, the ECPA Gold Medallion, the Holt Medallion, the National Readers' Choice Award, and the Golden Quill. Dee is a lifelong resident of Illinois and is active online. Visit her at

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Raina Medlin on February 24, 2001
Format: Paperback
Marcus O'Malley is used to being the guardian of his family. When Shari Handford witnesses the brutal killing of a US Supreme Court Justice, it falls to Marcus to protect her life. Instinctively, Marcus enfolds Shari under his protective wing and finds himself admiring her more everyday. There's just one problem. Shari has been targeted by one of the best assassins in the world. What happens next is a story full of danger, intrigue and Dee Henderson's trademark suspense. Shari and Marcus are fighting to survive and to see justice served. At the same time, Marcus is confronted with his past and his loss of faith in God.
Dee Henderson has created a warm, caring, funny and realistic family capable of standing together through many of life's challenges.The O'Malley series has quickly become one of my favorites. Once you're hooked, it's almost impossible to wait for the next release. I'm on pins and needles waiting for The Truth Seeker!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Priscilla Stafford on November 8, 2001
Format: Paperback
Suspense, action, love, humor, faith in God, excitement, mystery... these are the elements used by Dee Henderson in book 2 of the O'Malley series, "The Guardian". As I said, I can recommend this book to be read by ANYONE! It's fantastically written. The O'Malley series are about the O'Malley family. The O'Malley consists of seven brothers and sisters, three boys and four girls. Since they were little they had been in the same orphanage and when they got out of the orphanage, they decided to 'adopt' each other, taking the name O'Malley as their family name. They all have very important jobs, Marcus is a U.S. Marshal, Kate a negotiator for hostage situations, botched-up robberies, etc., Jennifer is a doctor, Jack a fireman, Rachel a trauma psychologist, and Lisa is a forensic pathologist. This story is about Marcus, the guardian of the family.
U.S. Marshal Marcus O'Malley is helping with security at Chicago Jefferson Renaissance Hotel, making sure nothing goes wrong at a judicial conference. During the banquet, political speech writer Shari Hanford, stumbles into security control center by accident. There she meets Marcus and he leads her back to the ballroom. Both finding each other attractive, they set a date to have coffee the next morning. They part happily anticipating seeing each other again. Little do they know that they would see each other again sooner than they expect, under very grim circumstances.
Judge Carl Whitmore, friend of the Hanford family, is unexpectedly chosen to be the next Supreme Court justice. He is murdered that very night, killed in cold blood. But the killer did not expect to have Shari open the door from the adjoining room while he is still there. He fires at her but she is saved by her brother, Josh, who pushes her out of the way.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Featherstone on April 27, 2001
Format: Paperback
Mix an equally large quantity of suspense, intrigue and excitement until well blended, then sprinkle with romance and you will end up with a page turning thriller. This is obviously what Dee Henderson has done in 'The Guardian' to turn out the brilliantly written second book in the O'Malley series. As a huge fan of D.H., I have enjoyed all the books I have read of hers. Right from the start you NEED to know what happens next. I love the strong personalities and the way they interact with one another. The way she introduces new characters into the story and ultimately into the O'Malley clan is so good. I thought the message about prayer was brought into the story really well and watching Marcus learn to trust in Jesus again was beautiful to watch. The only part I hate is waiting for the next book!! Thanks Dee. Your books are very much appreciated.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Shane B. on June 2, 2001
Format: Paperback
Henderson's second book in the O'malley series was, in my opinion, much better than the first. Most likely because politics, judges and the law, as well as U.S. marshalls are closer to home than other topics she's written about.
Here, you'll read of the oldest sibling of the O'Malley clan. When the seven orphans came together, changed their names and created their own family, Marcus became the official protector and guide for the entire group. His resulting strength and wisdom are carried over into his job as a U.S. marshall.
When a federal judge is killed, Marcus takes responsibility for protecting the witness to the assassination, Shari Hanford. Through the stress of the continued threat to Shari's life, she learns to regain a hold on her life-long faith and to fall for Marcus. He, in turn, is struggling as to whether he should seek the rejected faith of his childhood.
Pretty good story, with some very interesting discussions of the reasons why people lose faith when faced with the toughest times life can throw our way. Some times a little too sappy, but it does show how people are brought into your life when you need them.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 29, 2001
Format: Paperback
Although I didn't like this book as much as her others, I have to admit that it's awesome too. The plot is good. I love Dee Henderson, she writes books you can't put down!! Make sure you read them in order though.
I can't wait to find out about the rest of the 'O Malleys, after reading all her books you almost feel part of them!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on February 15, 2001
Format: Paperback
While in Chicago presenting a talk at the Judges Conference, Judge Carl Whitmore learns he has made the short list for Supreme Court nominee. Other people including speechwriter and friend Shari Hanford learn in advance about the president's latest nomination. No one bothers to provide an advance warning to the U.S. Marshalí' service so that the agents can begin protecting His Honor.

That mistake proves fatal as Connor Gray, who also learned about Judge Whitmore making the short list, assassinates him out of an act of vengeance. Shari and her family happen to be with Carl when he is killed. Shari's father and brother are shot and in critical condition. Shari is a witness to the killer's identity and U.S. Marshal Marcus O'Malley places her under his personal protection. As the search for the killer continues, Shari and Marcus fall in love, but the murderer knows he has one eyewitness he has to eliminate at all costs.

THE GUARDIAN is an exciting romantic suspense thriller that emphasizes the action. The story line works on multiple levels because the key cast feels genuine. Connorís need to kill the Judge especially feels authentic. The attraction between Marcus and Shari is a bonus that augments the strong plot with a bit of soft flavoring. In the second novel of the O'Malley family saga, Dee Henderson has provided a winner for fans of romantic suspense and thrillers.

Harriet Klausner
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