Critical Pursuit by Janice Cantore

When Brinna Caruso was six years old, she was abducted and left alone, hand-cuffed in the middle of the desert.  Fortunately, she was found in time by a police officer, Milo, who became a mentor to her.  Fast forward 20 years and Brinna is now a police officer, specializing in finding abducted children with her K-9, Hero.  After being temporarily side-lined after an officer-involved shooting, she is teamed up with Jack O’Reilly, a fellow police officer with issues of his own.  Together, they confront evidence of a child abductor who has is out for Brinna.  Can they save his latest victims before it is too late?

My favorite part of Cantore’s books are the familiar landmarks of Southern California:  Long Beach, Belmont Shore, Big Bear, and Fawnskin.  It really brings the book alive for me as I picture Caruso and her partner speeding down the 91.  I really like the way she uses real places as the setting of her novels.

I think Cantore does a great job of giving readers a glimpse into police life without sensationalizing it or romanticizing it.  Cantore’s characters are always likeable, despite their flaws.  I enjoyed the characters, but the plot was a little predictable in this one.  I would have liked a little bit more suspense and surprise.  Overall it was a nice book and a quick read.

If you like to read books about cops, you will probably enjoy this one.

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