In the Line of Duty
by Carolyn Arnold
Her fellow officer has made the ultimate sacrifice, and Detective Madison Knight may have to lay it all on the line to bring his killer to justice. But with leads pointing in several directions, she has to narrow them down—and quickly—if she’s going to solve the case before anyone else gets hurt, including herself.
He devoted his life to seeking justice. But would she get any for him?
It was an ordinary day for police officer Barry Weir. It was the end of shift, he was tired, and he just wanted to get home to his wife and kids. But someone had other plans for him—shooting him down and forcing him to make the ultimate sacrifice.
When news of Weir’s murder reaches the precinct, it leaves Detective Madison Knight and every cop in the Stiles PD itching for revenge. It cuts Madison’s boyfriend, colleague, and Weir’s childhood friend, Troy Matthews, deepest of all, driving him away from everyone he loves, just when they need one another the most.
With evidence pointing to a gang-related drive-by, Madison and her team investigate the town’s seedy underbelly in search of justice for their fallen brother. But the deeper they dig, the more convoluted the case becomes. Now they need to figure out if this was a random shooting as part of a gang initiation, a straight-up hate crime, or a targeted kill. But with the Stiles PD under attack, they have to do it fast…before more people pay with their lives.
EXCERPT from Chapter 3:
In the hallway, Troy leaned against a wall and waited as the ringtone drilled into his ear.
Answer the damn phone…
“You’ve reached the voice mail for Chief Fletcher…”
He hung up and redialed. She should be back from her vacation by now. What time had she said her flight was getting in?
Someone picked up on the other end of the line. “Chief Fletcher here.” She sounded groggy, as if he’d woken her up.
“Where are you?” he rushed out.
“Hotel near the airport. We just got in. What’s going on?”
“Something has happened.” The words came out soft-spoken and dry.
“That doesn’t sound good.” He could imagine his sister sitting up in bed and turning on the light on her night table.
“It’s Barry…” His throat constricted. This would be his first time verbalizing what had happened.
His sister’s voice was gentle and caring. “What about Barry?”
“He’s dead.” He delivered the news directly, unable to water it down no matter how much it hurt.
“What? How?” she asked, her tone switching quickly to one of shock.
“He was shot this morning while on duty.” He got through telling her the basics, the facts draining so much from him.
“Wake up, Robert,” his sister said distantly. He heard his brother-in-law moan in the background.
“We’re leaving now. I’ll be in as soon as possible. Has there been a briefing yet?”
“In ten minutes.”
“Has the shooter been caught?”
At his sister’s question, his insides pulsed with adrenaline and determination. No matter what it took from him, he would find Barry’s killer.
“Troy? Has the shooter been caught?” she repeated, a subtle beep in the background of the line.
Another beep. “Someone’s calling. I better let you go.” Her voice was withdrawn, and Troy imagined her pulling her phone out to consult the caller ID. “It’s Winston. See you soon.” His sister hung up before he could say anything else. He put his phone away, the ache in his chest now almost unbearable.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Both her female detective and FBI profiler series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining, leading her to adopt the trademark: POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.
Carolyn was born in a small town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower.
She currently lives just west of Toronto with her husband and beagle and is a member of Crime Writers of Canada.
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In the Line of Duty by Carolyn Arnold is part of the ‘Detective Madison Knight’ series.
Searching for the reasons why fellow officer Barry Weir was gunned down, the entire force is reeling but Officer Troy Matthews’ rejection of his lover, Detective Madison Knight, adds another layer to the pain and disbelief they both share. Investigating the heinous crimes leads Madison to examine her personal life and to reassess what is important, but will her revelations be too late?
This is a sobering and intriguing look at an investigation that is all too pertinent to officers who risk their lives every day. This was an up-close and authentic-feeling look at the process of dealing with the fatality of a fellow officer and the impact that reverberates through the entire team. The exhaustion and negative emotions that must be dealt with are vividly portrayed, as is the painstaking effort that goes into an investigation. At times it seemed that events were proceeding very ponderously but ultimately the exciting climax provided both revelations and a satisfying conclusion. I think this story will be appreciated by those who would like an in-depth look at the workings of a police force as well as those who enjoy an urban mystery.
A copy of this title was provided to me for review