Book Club Pick + First Line Friday — Crisis Shot

1 Nov

Happy November! Today I am combining this months’ Book Club Pick with First Line Friday. By The Book is reading Crisis Shot by Janice Cantore this month. She is a new-to-us author, but the book looks to be exactly what we like. Early discussion from those who have already read it indicates it will be a big hit! We would love for you to join us! Check out our FB Group.

For more first line fun, check out Hoarding Books.


Tess O’Rourke dreams of becoming the first female chief of police in Long Beach, California. As commander of the East Division, she is well on her way . . . until the night she responds to an officer-needs-assistance call and fatally shoots an unarmed teenager. Despite being cleared of wrongdoing by a grand jury, Tess is so hounded by the public that she takes a job in Oregon to escape the bad press.

Winning over the residents of Rogue’s Hollow might be more difficult than adjusting to her new role as police chief in the small, backwater town. Especially when her closest friend, the pastor’s wife, goes missing and the woman’s cousin is found shot. Tess finds an ally in sheriff’s deputy Steve Logan, but as they track down Rogue’s Hollow’s first murderer, she worries that she’s breaking one of her rules and getting too close to him.

Janice Cantore, in her own words:

I was born and raised in Southern California. I always wanted to write but never felt I had anything much to say. In college I majored in biological science, then physical education, and when I found myself a college grad with two degrees and no idea what todo with my life, I applied to be a police officer. The choice was not as random as it sounds. I have always liked helping people, especially people who are victims of unfairness or injustice. Nothing makes my blood boil more than people victimizing or taking advantage of the innocent. Most police work is arriving on scene after a crime or an accident as first responder. That first contact with a victim is an important place to be compassionate and caring while at the same time collecting the most information possible in order to solve the crime/arrest a suspect. And I loved the part where we got to arrest the bad guys!!

Long Beach California is a diverse city and a great place to work. My years there and the people I worked with hold a special place in my heart. After I retired I realized that I had lots to say and lots to write about and that began my writing career. During my time with LBPD I saw good, bad, tragic, and inspiring situations. One lesson that has stayed with me is that bad can happen to anyone. Yet emerging from the bad can also make people stronger and better. We serve a good God who is able to guide us through any tragedy or loss. I hope my stories inspire you as much as they entice you to turn the page and find out what happens next.


7 Responses to “Book Club Pick + First Line Friday — Crisis Shot”

  1. Kathleen Denly November 1, 2019 at 1:30 pm #

    Happy Friday! Today I’m sharing the first lines from Within My Heart by Tamera Alexander over on my blog. Here, I’ll share the first line from a book I recently read and enjoyed, Sara’s Gift by Kimberly Rose Johnson: “I have no idea who or what should get Charity’s fifteen hundred dollars.”

  2. bellesmoma16 November 1, 2019 at 5:22 pm #

    Happy Friday!

    Today on my blog I am sharing the first line from The Bright Unknown by Elizabeth Byler Younts. Oh my word is this book amazing!!! Currently, I am reading Once Upon a Christmas: Contemporary Retellings of Timeless Tales. It’s a really fun Christmas collection of novellas. I’ll share a line from that book here.

    “Being escorted out of the firm by building security wasn’t on his to-do list, but he could write it in later … and cross it off.”

    LOL! This book is filled with sweet and sassy stories. I am loving it so far.

    Hope you have a great weekend. Happy reading!

  3. Paula Shreckhise November 1, 2019 at 10:44 pm #

    My first line is from Silent Night Suspect by Sharee Stover
    Asia Stratton’s gaze remained transfixed on the lifeless eyes staring back at her

  4. BeautyInTheBinding (@BeautyInTheBind) November 2, 2019 at 9:06 pm #

    Today I’m sharing the first lines from The Words Between Us by Erin Bartels: “Mostly people only die once. But my father is not most people. He is a monster.” Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

    • rbclibrary November 3, 2019 at 6:45 am #

      I loved her first novel. This one sounds great too. The opening lines sure to grab you.

  5. Anneliese Dalaba November 2, 2019 at 9:19 pm #

    Sounds fascinating. I’m sorry I’m so late this week.

    • rbclibrary November 3, 2019 at 6:44 am #

      I was late getting around to all the blogs too! Busy week!

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