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Award-winning author DiAnn Mills is a fiction writer who combines an adventuresome spirit with unforgettable characters to create action-packed suspense-filled novels. DiAnn’s first book was published in 1998. She currently has more than fifty books published. Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists and have won placements through the American Christian Fiction riter’s Carol Awards and Inspirational Reader’s Choice awards. DiAnn won Christy Awards in 2010 and 2011.

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Product Details

  • Series: Crime Scene: Houston
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (March 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310333172
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310333173
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #977,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Iola on March 21, 2012
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Kariss Walker is an ex-TV news anchor-turned novelist who wants to move from women's fiction into suspense against the wishes of her agent. But she has a long-held desire to protect the children, and an unsolved crime from her TV days is calling to her. She calls in a favour and finds herself working in the Houston FBI office with Special Agent Santiago Harris (Tigo), reopening the Cherished Doe case. But Kariss is soon involved in Tigo's gang case, and things only get worse when Kariss witnesses a shooting and finds herself a target.

Christian Romantic Suspense is my favourite genre, and The Chase ticks all the boxes - likeable and intelligent heroine, hardworking and heroic hero, with a lot of action, some humour, a growing relationship, a strong cast of supporting characters and an underlying Christian theme.
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DiAnn Mills is a prolific bestselling author. You don't get to be either of those things without having a solid and abundant audience. The Chase is my first Mills' novel, and in reading this romantic suspense, not heavy on the romance, I can understand why she has steady readers. The Chase keeps what starts out as two simple plotlines evolving into complex issues with two primary conflicted characters leading the way.

FBI Special Agent Santiago Harris (Tigo) is the classic rogue player who will if necessary barge headlong into situations that could easily take him down. Successful author of women's fiction and former news anchor Kariss Walker has pursued the case of a young Hispanic girl coined "Cherished Doe" found starved to death near a Houston low-rent apartment district for several years. A now cold-case, she wants to write a novel about the girl, making it a suspense, and her uppity New York literary agent refuses to back her new effort. In order to re-investigate the case and do the proper research, Kariss engages her old friend in the FBI. He assigns her to the reluctant agent Tigo who's way deep in an investigation of gun running by a powerful Houston gang. Trying to figure out all the players through his informant turns out badly. When Kariss is inadvertently involved in a gang shooting at the hospital, Tigo now has to figure out how to protect her along with everything else.

A mutual admiration develops between the two with each one recognizing certain likable qualities in each other while respect forms. It isn't heavy-handed or silly attraction but it's there for both of them to fight off and deny.
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While The Chase promise to be a fun summertime read, it fails to deliver. Bestselling author and former TV anchorwoman Kariss Walker wishes to change genres from women's fiction to suspense. She is hoping to fictionalize the tragic and brutal case of the death of a little girl into a suspense story. To do so,she uses the good will she generated while an anchor to get embedded with an FBI agent. The agent assigned to shepherd her is Tigo Harris, a manly man focused on eradicating a violent gang run gun cartel. Their initial antagonism merely masks a strong attraction and begrudging respect. As they begin with differing agendas, they end up with love and resolution of both the cases and all their clumsily contrived obstacles.

What I did like about this book was that the author was not afraid to imbue her characters with some values. Kariss is unembarrassed by her christianity and Tigo assumes responsibility for his ailing mother without whining or resentment. Both characters demonstrated restraint in their budding romance. Many romantic suspense novels read more like soft core porn and I, for one, prefer the less is more approach.

Unfortuantely, the rest of the novel is just dudmb. Kariss is one of the stupidest heroines in recent memory. She drives into a crime ridden ghetto with a new jaguar and then gets out of the safety of her car. Is it any surprise she is accosted and mugged? Stupidity is not an attractive feminine characteristic. She sticks her nose in where it doesn't belong and inteferes with Tigo's more dangerous investigations. Moreover, her problems are unbelievable. Few agents and publishers would drop a bestselling author because they want to try something new. It is far more likely that they would capitalize on it.
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Considering the fact that this is only the second review, and I started reading the book the moment is was downloaded, I guess I'm a fast reader. But this is a book that you can't put down. I didn't read it so fast that I didn't enjoy it, though. You will want to savor each plot turn and twist. I appreciated the fact that the book seemed realistic. So many times, in some books, the plot nor the characters seem very plausible. But this book has a lot of human element. Both of the main characters don't fall in love and jump into bed immediately~~that's not DiAnn's style. Thank goodness! This book was well researched and it shows. If you enjoy Christian suspense, then you'll really enjoy this book. It has Christian undertones but isn't "preachy".
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