The Guardian

WALKER & Company, 2005 - 532 Seiten
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An entertaining thriller-cum-romance-cum-conversion story is what readers get in this fast-paced novel. U.S. Marshal Marcus O'Malley has a lot on his mind. One of his sisters has just been diagnosed with cancer, and the case he's working on is getting tricky: a judge has been gunned down, and someone wants to kill the only woman who saw the murder. Marcus's heart gets a workout, too, as he finds himself charmed by the lovely speechwriter who witnessed the crime. Moreover, in a thoughtful subplot, he's shocked to learn that two of his sisters have turned to the church. Marcus himself was once a believer, but lost faith after his mother died. Faith in this novel is never a saccharine panacea, however. Shari, the speechwriter, is also a Christian, and she eloquently testifies that her belief in Jesus "doesn't take away the pain" of traumatic events. Shari and Marcus's slowly unfolding love story is utterly believable (Henderson is an expert in romance, having won the RITA award for Danger in the Shadows). What most distinguishes this novel, however, is its development of charming minor characters. There's Kate, the sister to whom Marcus is closest; Dave, an FBI special agent and Kate's sweetheart; and Jennifer, the sister who bravely suffers cancer. Marcus is the most compelling character of all, struggling to balance the needs of his ill sister with the demands of his job, and managing to do both with panache. Christian readers will relish this intriguing tale.

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Dee Henderson worked as an engineer before she started writing fiction in 1996. She is the author of the O'Malley series and the Uncommon Heroes series. Her books have won numerous awards including the RITA Award, the Bookseller's Best Award, the National Reader's Choice Award for Danger in the Shadows, the Reviewers International Organization's best inspirational book of the year for The Negotiator and the 2002 Christy Award in the Romance category for The Guardian. Henderson's title, Taken, is a New York Times Bestseller.

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