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TARGETED Paperback – March 1, 2011
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A review of John M. Wills book "Targeted (Chicago Warriors)
I read this book in the Kindle version (excellent)
This is the second in a series of Chicago Warriors and it is a continuation of the partnership of two young and dedicated Chicago Police officers who are completely dedicated to their profession irrespective of the hurdles and pitfalls they suffer. The main character is Pete Shannon a life long resident of Chicago and like most city police departments there is a family history of police genealogy. Pete is happily married to Beth who shares all of the anxieties a wife of a law enforcement predictably suffers. There are the long hours of being alone and not knowing how your mate is and if he is safe. Beth has reasons to be concerned, as previously Pete was wounded in a gun battle with rogue member of his department. Also, Beth is expecting her second child and her first, Pete Junior is barely walking. While there are no issues of fidelity the anxiety can be very self defeating for any relationship.
Pete Shannon's partner, Marilyn, in the violent crimes unit is in love with Pete's fellow cop friend Joe. Both Pete and Marilyn are work out enthusiasts and Joe has recently over come a battle with Cancer. Pete and Marilyn arrest a Catholic Priest whois charged with child abuse. This issues tests the Priest's vocation to the n th degree. Both Pete and Marilyn believe in his innocence.
A psychopathic killer/sniper is on the loose and he blames and targets cops in Chicago.
I have read all of John Wills books and I am able to discern his advancing skills in weaving a good story.Read more ›
John M. Wills has written about a subject he knows well. He's spent 35 years in law enforcement, receiving two of the highest awards given for valor by the Chicago Police Department. He's also been an FBI agent.
With all his experience, he gives the reader an insider's look into the police force and the lives of those who work there. Shannon and Benson are portrayed as real people, with their own lives and problems, foibles and blessings. And even in the toughest of situations, they have their faith.
Readers spend parts of the book with Father Matthews who is on the run and creating a new life outside of the church. They also are with Benson and Shannon as they try to track down the virtually invisible cop killer who strikes silently with immediate and deadly force. Wills does a good job of bringing the two seemingly disparate threads together in the unexpected climax.
Every book has a "thread" that ties it together. It might be horrifically graphic murders or a search for true love or the loner who becomes the toast of the town. In this case, a big part of the story was how faith carried the characters through hard times.
Targeted is the story of Chicago police detectives Pete Shannon and Marilyn Benson as they investigate a series of police killings. During the course of the investigation they are forced to deal with personal problems and professional jealousies, bosses, and significant others, but still identify a suspect, all the while realizing that the more time that elapses brings them closer to another police murder.
Wills accurately portrays the respect that other agencies have for each other's unique capabilities. There is none of the condescension or agency bashing that seems so prevalent by those that do not know about which they write. If that is your interest, turn on the television.
There is a danger in following multiple characters: it is easy to leave the reader trying to recall the details is each characters subplot. But in Targeted Wills somehow manages to have us waiting down the road with all the information we need to follow each character to his logical conclusion in the story. It just makes sense.
Targeted keeps you coming back for more, just to see if Shannon and Benson can solve this mystery before another cop is killed, realizing that the next cop to be killed might very well be one of them.
Targeted also keeps you coming back for Wills' next book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting Story, and I liked the Chicago Connection. As a retired CPD Officer, I could relate to many details in the story.Published on November 24, 2013 by Daniel Everett
A very good read covering many silent aspects of being an officer . As a cpd officer John M Wills books are always very enjoyablePublished on September 16, 2013 by Michael E. Dineen