Title: Avenged (Pacific Coast Justice Series #3)
Author: Janice Cantore
Story Length: 378
This is another great, action-packed police suspense novel from Janice Cantore’s Pacific Coast Justice Series! I would recommend that before reading this book, which is the third in the series, that book one, Accused and book two, Abducted be read first. There are continuing storylines and characters that appear in all three books. So to understand certain references, readers should read the books in order. This story is set again in the fictional city of Las Playas, California.
Carly Edwards is back on beat patrol, but loses her partner, Joe, when he is injured. She begins to wonder if she still wants to be a beat cop or if she should take her career in a different direction. She is offered a job with a federal task force that would require lots of travel. The job sounds exciting to Carly, but it would take her away from her husband quite a lot. They already work odd hours as he is a policeman too and don’t see as much of each other as she would like. She also worries about his new job in the gang district and him getting hurt or worse. Two rival gangs are being manipulated to start a gang war, but who is pulling the strings? What advantage would a gang war be to this puppet master? A criminal from the past is looking as if he will get off without a murder conviction, spending a lot less time in jail due to a smear campaign in the press against Carly. There is much more going on in the story, but too little space to write!
I just loved seeing the spiritual growth of Carly throughout these three books. She goes from someone who isn’t even sure she believes in good, making fun of Christians to someone who prays with other people and leans on the Lord in good times and bad. I thought that the way the author wove the faith of different characters into the story was realistic and not preachy. I hope to read more of this author’s previous books and any books she might write in the future. Kudos on a great trilogy!!
My rating is 5 stars.