Tyndale House Publishers
FBI agent Bella Jordan must cut open old scars and confront her past in DiAnn Mills’ novel Pursuit of Justice, third in the Call of Duty series. Though the case leads to her hometown and involves her two worst enemies, Bella fights her fears with determination. Tension builds, danger presses, and Bella realizes forgiveness and trust are her only options.
Party animal-turned-rancher Carr Sullivan finds three murdered treasure hunters on his land, and when Bella arrives at the scene, she doesn’t know whom to trust. Carr and Sheriff “Daredevil” Adams could be working together, or Carr could have partnered with Brandt Richardson, an obsessive treasure hunter and fugitive with a vague but dangerous connection to Bella. Bella also fears her estranged father Stanton Warick has joined Brandt, but to avoid her father, she doesn’t tell the FBI about her connection to the suspects.
Carr strives to prove his innocence to Bella, but her paranoia limits her ability to trust others. While doubting Carr and her father, who profess to be Christians, Bella should have remembered 2 Corinthians 5:17: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come.” God’s love changes lives, and these characters experience this in big ways.
Though early action scenes fail to entice readers, Mills demands attention by gradually increasing suspense and revealing fragments of Bella’s past. The author’s best tricks are ending chapters with startling twists to the case and inserting chapters narrated by Brandt Richardson, whose manipulative and possessive mind is frightening to peer into. Still, the long list of characters might become confusing, and Mills adds excessive details about them.
Pursuit of Justice feels like a TV crime drama—sometimes a bit of a slower-paced one. Those who enjoy action and suspense will like it. Alternate sections feature either Bella or Carr, and sometimes it’s hard to remember whom Mills is following. A romantic subplot balances the action well, but it, like everything else, develops slowly. By the end, I felt like I knew the characters, and the resolution was truly worth the effort. – Alexandra R. Mellen, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Special Agent Bella Jordan is assigned to investigate a series of murders in West Texas that are linked to the Spider Rock Treasure. Since she spent the first fifteen years of her life in this area, FBI authorities believe she can get the job done. What they don’t know is that one of their prime suspects—a man who’s been on their wanted list for years—is deeply connected to Bella’s past. The other prime suspect is Carr Sullivan, the man who owns the ranch where the murders occurred. Carr was once one of the wealthiest businessmen in Dallas and has a shady past a mile long. But it appears he’s turned his life around. Can Bella trust him, or is he just trying to cover his tracks? As Bella probes deeper into the case, threats on her own life convince her the killer is someone she knows. But it soon becomes clear he’s not working alone, and she’ll need to face the past she’s tried so desperately to forget in order to solve the case and prevent more murders.