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Though FBI Special Agent Alex LeBlanc sees a clear-cut case of terrorism, his past has taught him to be suspicious of everyone, even witnesses. Even bleeding-heart veterinarians like Stacy. But when her gruesome discovery is only the first in a string of incidences that throw her life into a tailspin, Alex begins to wonder if Stacy was targeted. As a health emergency endangers Stacy's community, and the task force pulls in leads from all directions, Alex and Stacy must work together to prevent another deadly encounter.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-07-11
- Reviewer: Staff
Inspirational romantic suspense novelist Mills (Deadlock) opens the first installment of her new FBI Task Force series posthaste. Veterinarian Stacy Broussard, a volunteer ranger making a circuit on horseback around the Houston airport, finds a dead body, a drone, and an injured dog. FBI Special Agent Alex LeBlanc is one of two investigators on the case as well as a potential love interest for Stacy, and just like that, Mills has constructed a complicated plot. Giving the story additional emotional heft and quirkiness is Whitt McMann, a 12-year-old neighbor of Stacy's who is highly precocious and neglected by his parents; Stacy hopes to adopt him. Mills keeps a lot of plates nicely in the air, including bioterrorism, human drama, and concern for animals. A couple of attempts to add complexity to the full story don't work, and a tragic backstory involving Stacy's parents is underdeveloped and unconvincing. Though Mills does wait a long time to uncover the evil engine driving the plot, fans of clean romantic suspense will enjoy this well-plotted winner. Agency: Janet Kobobel Grant, Books & Such Literary. (Aug.)