Duplicity (A Julia Gooden Mystery, Book 2) by Jane Haseldine
In Jane Haseldine’s new novel of riveting suspense, Detroit newspaper reporter Julia Gooden is up against the city’s most devious criminal—and her own painful past.
Julia Gooden knows how to juggle different lives. A successful crime reporter, she covers the grittiest stories in the city while raising her two young boys in the suburbs. But beneath that accomplished façade is another Julia, still consumed by a tragedy that unfolded thirty years ago when her nine-year-old brother disappeared without a trace.
Julia’s marriage, too, is a balancing act, as she tries to rekindle her relationship with her husband, Assistant District Attorney David Tanner, while maintaining professional boundaries. David is about to bring Nick Rossi to trial for crimes that include drug trafficking, illegal gambling, and bribery. But the story becomes much more urgent when a courthouse bomb claims several victims—including the prosecution’s key witness—and leaves David critically injured.
Though Julia is certain that Rossi orchestrated the attack, the case against him is collapsing, and his power and connections run high and wide. With the help of Detective Raymond Navarro of the Detroit PD, she starts following a trail of blackmail, payback, and political ambition, little imagining where it will lead. Julia has risked her career before, but this time innocent lives—including her children’s—hang in the balance, and justice may come too late to save what truly matters…
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Sometimes a girl just needs to switch it up! I've been on a historical romance tear for the past few weeks, so when approached with the chance to read a suspense by Jane Haseldine, I totally jumped on board. I hadn't read the first book in the series, but I found myself completely engrossed in the story from the very first action-packed (wink wink) scene. Even though she wasn't specifically mentioned in the first few scenes, I just knew that somehow the illicit meeting, the money, and sheer brutality were going to have a huge impact on Julia Gooden and immediately had to read more! It's not often I can say I connected with a character so quickly -- especially in a suspense novel. Haseldine has gained a fan in this reader. I can't wait to read what's next for Julia Gooden. Fingers crossed that things go well for her in her new start! Jane Haseldine writes a mystery that is full of suspense, danger, and intrigue sure to please readers of many genres!
~ My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ~
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