Tess O'Rourke dreams of becoming the first female chief of police in Long Beach, California. As commander of the East Division, she is well on her way...until the night she responds to a call and fatally shoots an unarmed teenager. Despite being cleared of wrongdoing by a grand jury, Tess is so hounded by the public that she takes a job in Oregon to escape the bad press.
Winning over the residents of Rogue's Hollow might be more difficult than adjusting to her new role as police chief in the small, backwater town. Especially when her closest friend, the pastor's wife, goes missing and the woman's cousin is found shot. Tess finds an ally in sheriff's deputy Steve Logan, but as they track down Rogue's Hollow first murderer, she worries that she's breaking one of her rules and getting too close to him.
Cantore addresses some tough subject matter in this riveting pager-turning suspense. Love the candor and expertise that comes from her 22 year career in law enforcement. That insider's knowledge brings an authenticity to the policing scenes that I found fascinating.
Tess is a third generation police officer. It's the family business and she's as dedicated as they come. And then a life-altering decision changes everything. Her hopes for the future are dashed and she finds herself pushed into an undesirable career shift. Sure, she's made Police Chief -- but it's in a Mayberry kind of town with a force totaling eight officers.
Faced with prejudice and resistance both inside the presinct and out, Tess struggles to make the transition easier for everyone -- including herself. Then a murder and a missing persons report generates a complicated investigation that will either make or break the new police chief.
Loved all the multi-layered dynamics of both officers and townsfolk. And the solid support of a certain sheriff's deputy who has a relatively small role to play in this first book in the Line of Duty series. Though I predict that Steve Logan is in for the long haul as Cantore tends to develop the romantic element over the course of a series but the groundwork has been laid here in Crisis Shot and I'm anxious to follow Tess and Steve in future books.
A gripping police procedural kind of suspense that held me captive to the very last page.
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