A dark shadow of fear has fallen over Newpointe, Louisiana. First one, then another of the town firemen's wives has been murdered, and a third has barely escaped an attempt on her life. Incredible as it seems, a serial killer is stalking this sleepy little southern community. And Mark Branning's wife may be next on the list.
Mark is determined to protect her. But keeping Allie alive won't be easy - not with their own marriage already dying a bitter death. Unless they renew their commitment to each other and to God, someone else may settle their problems. Permanently. And time to decide is running out.
Private Justice is book one in the Newpointe 911 mystery series by award-winning novelist Terri Blackstock. Newpointe 911 offers taut, superbly crafted novels of faith, fear, and close-knit, small-town relationships, seasoned with romance and tempered by insights into the nature of relationships, redemption, and the human heart.
Dial up more mysteries in the Newpointe 911 series.
©1998 Terri Blackstock; ©2009 Zondervan
"This tense and exciting thriller is more than a fabulous read; it has an underlying message about the place of religion within a marriage. Highly recommended." (Library Journal)
I first read this book about 8 years ago when I received the series as a gift from my mother. Terri Blackstock is an excellent writer and, being from a small town in Louisiana myself, does a great job capturing the dynamics and traditions of living in that area of the country. The problem with the audiobook rests solely on the back of the terrible narrator. I don't know where the producers found this guy, but he has obviously done no research whatsoever. He mispronounces a lot of the names and his "Cajun" accent is absolutely atrocious. I work in theatre and when actors do a play or movie that involves speaking in a particular dialect, it takes days of research and rehearsal to make sure they are representing it correctly. Clearly, that was not the case here since whoever this man is he equates Cajun with French. It would have been better if he'd done no accent at all instead of the distorted French accent. He made listening to a great story cringe-worthy. It's a shame that producers don't require more effort and knowledge from their narrators.
The description should have been "religious mystery". The constant theme is religion. There are preaching, quoting of biblical passages, and Christian guilt throughout. I'm a Christian, and there was great wisdom is some of the lessons in this book. However, when choosing a book for entertainment, I'm not looking for a sermon. The strong religious theme simply needed to be mentioned in the description, just as a Western or Spy Novel theme would have.
I will look out for and avoid any books by Terri Blackstock since I haven't found a "genre" that indicates the religious theme I found in her mystery
Aggravation and disappointment. I had expected to be entertained on a 7 hour drive, and instead was bored and aggravated.
Yes, good story.
Finding out who the killer is.
He sounds like he is preaching a Sunday Sermon. Good preaching voice, not so good narrator voice. Not believable.
I most always like the narrator. His voice just did not fit the book.
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