The three unique women are life-long friends who call themselves The Triple Threat - a nickname derived from their favorite dessert and their uncanny ability to crack cases via their three positions of power.
Though authorities think Katie might have been kidnapped or run away, those theories shatter when Nicole uncovers Katie's blog. They reveal a girl troubled by a mysterious relationship with an older man - possibly a U.S. Senator.
As the three women race against time to find Katie alive, their increasing emotional involvement brings out their own inner demons and external enemies. There are many faces of betrayal, but they must find the one face in a crowd of growing suspects before they become the next victims.
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©2009 Lis Wiehl; (P)2009 Oasis
"Wiehl, a Fox News commentator and legal analyst, teams with mystery veteran Henry (Buried Diamonds) on a sizzling political thriller....The seamless plot offers a plethora of twists and turns." (Publishers Weekly)
I watch Lis Wiehl on Fox News so thought I would try the book. If you like the James Patterson ladies detectives, you will probably like this. I do like that way that the authors interject religion into the story. One of the women actually goes to church and prays. I don't know if I've ever seen this in a book but I think that it's great that someone out there even considers plain old traditional religion as a viable option.
The narrator is the absolute worst part of the story. She's horrible. I've listened to many audible books but I can't remember a narrator I liked less. I might have liked this book a little better if I had read it instead of listening to it.
I just finished listening to this book. I would have to say it is very average. Nothing special. I like characters with a little wit and humor, these characters have none - they just aren't interesting!
A nice little mystery ripped from the headlines. Lis Wiehl uses her experiences as a federal prosecutor and television journalist, as well as her father's career as an FBI agent, to create three very different characters all fighting for the same goals.
The book takes place mostly in Portland, Oregon. Three women, who had known each other since high school, are re-united after their career paths once again converge. Allison, federal prosecutor, is the only one not to have left Portland. Married and trying to start a family, she seems the most stable of the trio. Firmly grounded in her Christian faith, Allison will not hesitate to turn to her pastor in times of trouble. Cassidy, the television news reporter, has worked her way up from small market news reporter to the mid market Portland news. Always looking for the angle that will be her big break, Cassidy always has a different take on events. Seeming to latch on to the latest new age fad, Cassidy seems to be struggling for acceptance. Nicole, the third in the triple threat club, is a black female FBI agent. She too had left Portland until her career path had re-united her with her friends. An unwed mother, the identity of her daughters father remains a well kept secret. An agnostic, Nicole thinks that both Allison and Cassidy are foolish for placing their faith in non-existent entities.
The mystery, and it is a very good one, starts when Katie Converse, a senate page home in Portland over the Christmas break, takes her dog out for a walk and never returns. The Converse family contacts Cassidy in order to garner publicity to help find their missing daughter. This publicity soon turns nationwide, and Cassidy thinks she has finally received her big break. Nicole has been assigned FBI liaison to the Converse family. Allison, as federal prosecutor, sets up a grand jury to investigate senator Fairview, Katie's sponsor in the page program and number one suspect in her disappearance.
The three meet regularly, just as friends normally will, and inevitably compare notes. They refer to themselves as "Triple Threat," as much for the dessert they share as for their three prong attack on crime. There are other things going on in their lives as well. Allison has been receiving death threats. Cassidy is involved in an abusive relationship, and Nicole finally has a love interest. But all three have an emotional connection to Katie Converse, and she takes center stage in their respective lives during the time the case remains active.
As I said earlier, the mystery was very good. I was a little surprised by the ending, but the clues were mostly present to solve the case. The problem I had with the book, and thus only 4 stars, were the characters. They seemed too stereotypical. The over-achieving television news woman, the double minority FBI agent who has to be twice as good as the next agent, and the firmly grounded federal prosecutor struggling to start a family. My next observation is that all three women should be big enough to float above the Macy's Thanksgiving parade. They always meet over food - burgers and fries, tacos, pizza, etc. - and always ends with some kind of exotic dessert which they share. These are probably minor discrepancies, however they did bother me enough to make an impact on my rating.
I would recommend this to fans of good mysteries and will read more of Ms. Wiehl's Triple Threat novels in the future.
The story is woven on the framework of the real story of a real woman, who was killed in washington d.C. during an affair with a congressman. It's a good read with some draw backs from this old Oregonian's point of view.
For one thing it is set in Portland OR, whose river, the Willamette the narrator pronounces not "wil LAM it" which is correct, but "william ETE".
Equally irritating is the fact that the protagonist does not even consider carrying a gun even though Oregon is a free state, allowing concealed carry.
Maybe it would take too long to get a permit ... something.
Although she worked in a building that had metal detectors, she could probably have parked her pistol with security, or left it locked in her car. Then she could have called for an escort to get herself to and from the building.
Well, if Hamlet had been able to make a decision, there would have been no play.
Still it is hard to identify with a character who is too silly, or too cowardly to arm herself, when being stalked.
The ladies do stand up against evil rather sanquinarily in the end as per formula. Well good for them and good for the book.
I was captivated by the plot, the friendships are real and comical at times. The book is totally written from a woman's perspective and it is an eye opener to the mothers who want to live life throught their daughters. The hypocracy between washington and its supporters is realistic. I recomend this book.
This is the second book I've listened to by this author the first book was a little slow and I had to struggle to listen to it but it became more interesting after the first and second chapters this second book was very much improved in the story and the characters and kept me listening to it clear through with a surprise ending this author is getting better and better and I'm looking forward to the next three books that I've downloaded
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