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Published by Spellbinder Press, 20 May
2014. ISBN: 978-0-9840086-7-4
The two main protagonists in Target
are both female F.B.I. agents, Carla River and Jamie Dallas, and both of them
have had troubled childhoods with seriously dysfunctional families. Carla River
ishas had the worst early life experience
and recently, after a sex change, she had transferred from her old F.B.I bureau
because her colleagues had given her a hard time. As a teenager, she had spent
a year living on the streets after her serial-killer father was imprisoned for
his crimes and her mother committed suicide. If it had not been for F.B.I.
agent Joe Palmer and his wife, Jana, who had taken River into their home, her
life would have been very different and she feels a lot of love and loyalty for
them. Joe dies after a short illness and Jana discloses that she believes his
death was connected to some private investigations he was doing regarding the
pharmaceutical company where Jana works. River pushes the F.B.I. to investigate
Joe's death and what is going on in the company.
Jamie Dallas also had a barren childhood with parents more interested in drink
and drugs than caring for their child, but she was fortunate enough to have an
aunt who stepped into the carer's role. Now, as another case is offered to her,
Dallas has to choose between her work and spending time with her dying father.
Dallas loves undercover work, which she sees as 'a license to lie, cheat,
and spy – all for the good of her country.' She is delighted to go
undercover at a major pharmaceutical company and soon discovers evidence that
two powerful companies are engaged in a war of information theft and product
espionage that can only end in violence and disaster.
Raul Cortez is investigating the death of a once famous actor, who has been
discovered beaten and murdered in an abandoned factory. James Avery had been
one of Cortez's favourite film actors and he is determined to discover his
murderer. When Cortez's investigation becomes entangled with the investigation
being conducted by Dallas and River, the two cases become more complex and even
Target is a fast-paced
thriller with a complex but intriguing plot that lays bare the terrifying world
of corporate power and crime. The central characters are, at times, amoral, but
they are interesting and likeable and are definitely the right people for the
job. It is a book of many layers: there is the crime and investigation, but
also the deeper exploration of human relationships, especially that of child
and parent, and the motivation that leads to acts of sacrifice and harm.
is a fascinating and lively book, which I would recommend to any reader that
enjoys fast-paced US crime.
L J Sellerswrites the bestselling Detective Jackson
mystery/thriller series, a Readers Favorite award winner, as well as
provocative standalone thrillers. Her novels have been highly praised by Mystery
Scene, Crimespree, and RT Reviews, and her Jackson books
are Kindle bestsellers as well as top-ranked novels. L.J., who resides in
Eugene, Oregon where her novels are set, is also an award-winning journalist
who earned the Grand Neal. When not plotting murders, she enjoys standup
comedy, cycling, social networking, and attending mystery conferences. She’s
also been known to jump out of airplanes.
Carol Westronis a successful short story writer and a Creative Writing teacher.She is the moderator for the cosy/historical
crime panel, The Deadly Dames.Her crime
novels are set both in contemporary and Victorian times.The Terminal Velocity of Cats is the
first in her Scene of Crimes novels, was published July 2013. Her second book About the Children was published in May