Reviewed by Lisa Lickel
Code of Justice by Liz Johnson
"Another fine story in the LI:S book club offerings."
In this Love Inspired Romantic Suspense book club selection, Heather Sloan is a FBI Agent assigned to the Portland, Oregon office. Nearly recovered from an operation, Heather and her sister, a DA, are on a rare sightseeing trip to Mount St. Helens. The trip ends in tragedy as their helicopter crashes and Heather, though wounded, is the only survivor. Heather’s sister, Kit, dies with a strange message on her lips: “Follow the drugs.”
Jeremy Latham is the sheriff’s deputy assigned to investigate the crash. He has some expertise in the area, as he’s a former FAA agent, but he’s also carrying a load of guilt from his former life. Jeremy tracks the crash survivor to the hospital to begin his investigation, only to come upon an attempted murder of the patient.
And so the stage is set for romance and danger as the deputy takes it upon himself to protect the FBI agent and moves into her house to keep an eye on her. Although Heather’s boss commands her to rest and not get involved in her sister’s case, Jeremy takes pity on Heather and carts her around as they search Kit’s office, the crash evidence and the crash scene. For Jeremy and Heather, who find each other as intriguing as the case, the evidence builds for a much bigger and puzzling crime ring than the two of them can handle.
Suspects and murder attempts mount, as Heather is determined beyond all costs to find and bring her sister’s killer to justice. But is Heather acting out of revenge? And why does Jeremy continue to help her defy her boss’s orders to stay home when their every move seems to lead the killer closer—to Heather?
I enjoyed the twists in this short novella, which held my attention to
the end. Another fine story in the LI:S book club offerings.
Lickel lives in Wisconsin with her high school teacher husband in a 150-year-old
Great Lakes ship captain's house. She is active in more than one historical society,
belongs to writing and reading clubs and is the editor in chief of Creative Wisconsin,
the magazine of Wisconsin Regional Writers. A graduate of the Christian Writer's
Guild, she has written newspaper features and magazine articles, radio theater,
and authored several inspirational novels. Find her online at http://lisalickel.com,