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Accused (Pacific Coast Justice) Paperback – February 1, 2012
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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
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“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.
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As a man, I really enjoyed this book. It was very refreshing to read an engaging story with a female protagonist worthy of respect. She didn't pretend to be one of the guys, and also was not a wimp. Carly came off to me as a real person; one who was strong in what she believed in, struggled with what she believed sometimes (as we all do), cared about people and really tried to make the world a better place. She struggled and almost have up under all the attacks coming her way, but she didn't. And after reading some of the author's notes about Carly being a composite of some real women that the author respected, I can see why those real life women cops earned their respect.
However, this book seems to have been written with the objective of "converting" people to Christianity. I have no problem with Christian books- they are not usually my cup of tea, but I read one occasionally if it is well written and has a good plot- but I felt that it was ridiculous that in this book people were either devoutly Christian (and therefore "good") or actively hated Christians (and therefore had some moral flaws). I don't know about any other non-Christians out there, but I don't spend my time actively disliking other people's religions or trying to avoid someone because the believe something different from me. It was a little insulting (in my opinion) for the author to paint people in such a black-and-white manner. There are plenty of good people out there who are not Christian, and there are Christians who are not necessarily good people all the time...