Mehl has crafted a novel about U.S. Marshals, perhaps a less known part of federal law enforcement. Casey and another marshal are tasked with guarding and transporting a woman who is to be a witness at a grand jury. The testimony would help give the FBI enough evidence to convict a terrorist with a dangerous cell near St. Louis. The terrorist has undercover operatives everywhere. A routine transporting assignment becomes deadly for Casey.
There is lots of action and suspense in this novel. The terrorist seemed to outwit Casey and the other law enforcement officials at nearly every turn. The plot gave me a real sense of how well a terrorist cell could infiltrate a community given time. It also reminded me how little terrorists value life. Anyone in their way can be eliminated without much thought.
There is also a bit of romance in the novel as a marshal Casey knew before joins her on her assignment. There is hurt and misunderstanding between the two that must be dealt with if a romance is to blossom.
I do recommend this book to readers who like lots of action. There are bombs exploding, gun fights, automobile accidents, kidnappings, and more. There is a bit of character development but the emphasis in on action and suspense.
This is the third and final book in Mehls' Defenders of Justice series. You can read my reviews of the earlier books in the series: Fatal Frost and Dark Deception.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Nancy Mehl is the award winning author of over thirty books. She has a background in social work. She and her husband live in Missouri. You can find out more at www.nancymehl.com.
Bethany House, 320 pages.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review. Photo by Ginger Murray Photography