Author: Jon Keys
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Length: 89 Pages
Category: Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense
At a Glance: Crossfire is a good novella with suspense, action and lots of deep feelings between Rick and Gabe.
Reviewed By: Maryann
Blurb: Murder, kidnapping and a disappearance. Trooper Rick Anthis could use a break. But he hopes it isn’t too late in coming.
Rick Anthis, a forty-five-year-old veteran of the Colorado State Police and his husband, Gabriel Thorkelson, a deputy sheriff in a nearby county, enjoy the peace of their suburban Boulder home, but the neighborhood’s tranquility is shattered by three rapid-fire gunshots. The pair’s quick reaction allows Rick to witness the abduction of his eight-year-old buddy Jacob, by his father.
In their quest to find the boy, the clues are sparse and time is of the essence since Jacob is diabetic, a condition Gabriel is far too familiar with. A search of the father’s apartment yields nothing more than an old hiking map that narrows the search down to a few hundred square miles. Rick and his CSI team are on the hunt, but with every bit of progress they make, it seems they are thwarted, especially when Gabriel turns up missing.
Reader Advisory: This book contains gun violence and an instance of domestic abuse.
Publisher’s Note: This book has previously been release elsewhere. It has been revised, re-edited and substantially expanded for re-release with Pride Publishing.
Review: Rick Anthis and Gabriel Thorkelson are married, both in law enforcement and passionate about their jobs and their peaceful life in suburbia.
Jacob is an eight-year-old neighbor boy who befriended Rick and Gabe when they first moved into their quiet neighborhood. When Jacob’s estranged parents start arguing, he heads for the solace of Rick and Gabe’s house. Although Jacob loves spending time with Rick, it’s Gabe and Jacob who have something in common—they are both diabetic. When Jacob is kidnapped by his father, after the tragic murder of his mother, Rick and Gabe get tied up in the case to the point that Jacob and Gabe could lose their lives. At the risk of his own life, Gabe confronts the deranged killer and saves Jacob. And then they both come up with a special way to leave clues for Rick.
Rick has to set his own emotions aside and focus on being a trooper if he’s going to save Gabe and Jacob. He also finds himself caught up in another mystery—that of a dead body and a suspicious man—while the search is on for Jacob and Gabe.
Crossfire is a good novella with suspense, action and lots of deep feelings between Rick and Gabe. Their love for Jacob is never in question. In addition, the story gives readers an interesting look at how the trooper and the deputy sheriff have to work both together and separately to solve cases in the rough terrain of Colorado. This story is intense with a fast-paced plot.
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