“I won’t be able to feel the forgiveness. Not as long as the killers evade justice. How do you forgive a monster? Especially when the monster has never paid for his crime,” Abby considers in Janice Cantore’s novel, Drawing Fire. First in the Cold Case Justice series, this four hundred and sixteen page paperback targets those that enjoy Christian suspense with romance. With no profanity, topics of murder and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. The King James, New King James, and New International Versions of the Holy Bible are referenced. A teaser for the next book, the prologue of a prior novel, the author’s biography, and a dozen discussion questions complete the book. In this current-day story, thirty-three-year-old Abby Hart is a homicide investigator in Long Beach, California. Unable to forget her parents’ murders when she was six-years-old, she is determined to find the killer even though it is the biggest unsolved case in the department. When another elderly woman is murdered locally, Abby steps in, only to clash with Luke Murphy, a thirty-five-year-old private investigator who is known for his arrogant showmanship. Unknown to her initially, Luke is a widowed father who is a youth pastor that helps lost and wayward teens. With Luke having ties to the death of Abby’s parents, they join forces without the approval of the LBPD to uncover the past. Getting the governor involved with the recent serial killing of the elderly opens more questions of why Abby’s parents died. As the policewoman considers her fiancÃ©e’s advice, she feels romantic sparks growing between Luke and herself. As the two have more in common than they realize, they face learning forgiveness so that revenge will not overtake their lives. Written with well-developed characters and plenty of loose ends, this first book in the series takes a cold case in police records and turns it active through persistence and devotion to learning the truth. This is the sixth novel by author Cantore, a retired police officer with twenty-two years’ experience working with the Long Beach Police Department. Having worked a variety of assignments such as patrol, administration, juvenile investigations, and training, she brings a plethora of police scenarios to her writing. This book was furnished by Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinion.
Janice Cantore has done it again! Her books never fail to disappoint me! She writes in such a way that the fiction story stays with you long after the novel ends. I even tend to dream that I’m her main character! She is such a talented writer! This book starts off with the main character, Abby Hart, trying to track down a possible serial killer. This serial killer is stalking elderly women in Long Beach, California. During this investigation she meets Luke Murphy. Luke is a private investigator that Abby doesn’t care for at first. But Luke is her best lead for tracking down this serial killer. As Abby and Luke work at tracking this serial killer, they discover they have more in common than they realized. Many years ago, Abby’s parents were victims of a fire that destroyed their restaurant. This case was never solved. Abby and Luke work together to try to solve this mystery that has always haunted Abby. I would recommend this book to everyone! It has lots of suspense and twists and turns. It keeps you interested until the very end. I found myself needing to put the book down, but just thinking, “just a few more pages”! The only negative thing I found was this book put you hanging a little at the end, and the next one won’t be available until Spring of 2016! I don’t want to have to wait that long! But I guess I will have to! I have read everything Janice Cantore has written, and I can’t wait until the next book in this series. I received this book from bookfun for my honest opinion.