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Fatal Judgment by Irene Hannon

Reviewed by Dale Lewis

"...a suspense-filled novel that whisks readers into thrilling moments of intense danger and reluctant romance."

Federal judge Liz Michaels has just received the news that her sister Stephanie did not survive an attack in Liz’s house. U.S. Marshal Jake Taylor, who recently returned from duty in Iraq, is asked to head up the protective detail until the perpetrator/murderer is behind bars. There is a challenge to this new assignment. Jake knows Liz only as a coldhearted, workaholic woman who drove her husband Doug (--and Jake's best friend)--to despair . . . and possible suicide.

As Jake and the other US Marshalls attempt to keep Liz safe from an unknown assailant, he struggles to remain professional and slow down his heart from falling in love.
In the process, he finds himself re-examining his hidden guilt in the death of Jen, his young bride.

In extended conversations with Liz, Jake comes to the startling revelation that Doug’s personal demons and alcohol abuse may be to blame for the failing marriage and death, not Liz. The stakes are raised when it becomes abundantly clear the unknown enemy wants the judge dead. At a crossroad, both personally and professionally, Jake must decide if protecting his damaged heart is as important as protecting Liz’s life.

Fatal Judgment is a suspense-filled novel that whisks readers into thrilling moments of intense danger and reluctant romance. Hannon has mastered the intricate art of character development and of describing environments in clear and inviting detail.

As in her previous series, “Heroes of Quantico,” the scenes are woven together well, often with two or three occupying each chapter. These provide excellent balance to each subplot. My only disappointment was the often-used possessive line, “And as his lips claimed hers . . .”

Themes permeating the pages include hurt, deceit, healing, understanding, compassion and the importance of supportive relationships and faith to sustain during difficult times.

If you have not read an Irene Hannon novel yet, what are you waiting for? I’m a fan! Don’t miss reading any of her superb stories.

Dale Lewis now mans the front desk at the EFCA (The Evangelical Free Church of America) National Office in Minneapolis, MN. He was the graphic designer/pre-press production artist for over twelve years before being asked to step into this new role. Prior to that, he was the publications manager at his alma mater, Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN in the public relations office as well as the adviser to the college’s yearbook. He's a director/actor/writer for the Hope Church (Oakdale, MN) adult drama worship team and was the senior editor of the church newsletter. He's also written two collections of poetry, “Whispers of Assurance” and “On Life: Constant Communion Without Ceasing” as well as a devotional entitled “Eternal Education.” He and his family live in Oakdale, Minnesota.