Monday, July 12, 2010

Hand of Fate by Lis Wiehl with April Henry link to purchase Hand of Fate

Book Description:  Hand of Fate A Triple Threat Novel - When the host of a popular Portland, OR radio talk show is murdered, the Triple Threat Club—a federal prosecutor, an FBI agent, and a journalist—must narrow down the lengthy list of suspects who wanted him dead.

Outspoken radio talk show host Jim Fate dies tragically and dramatically when poisonous gas fills his recording booth while his show, “The Hand of Fate” is on air. In the ensuing panic, police evacuate downtown Portland, leaving FBI Special Agent Nicole Hedges trapped in a high-rise building.
Crime reporter Cassidy Shaw is the only journalist brave enough to report from the scene as chaos overtakes the streets. And federal prosecutor Allison Pierce must rescue a child separated from her family even as she escapes the danger herself.

In the days following Fate’s murder, these three colleagues and friends team up to piece together the not-so public life of Jim Fate in order to uncover the stunning truth of who killed him—and why.

I was very happy to receive Hand of Fate by Lis Wiehl from Thomas Nelson Publishers. This is the second of a “Triple Threat” trilogy. I had previously read and reviewed Face of Betrayal and enjoyed it very much.

My Review:  I thought Hand of Fate started out even better than first book with an edgier story line. The same three characters are involved: FBI Agent Nicole Hedges, Crime Reporter Cassidy Shaw, and Prosecutor Allison Pierce. These are three likable characters, each with their own flaws, trials, and quest for the meaning of faith. Their friendship evolved because of the unique role each plays in investigation of local crimes.

I was disappointed, however, when about half way through the story all three women were dealing with tragic personal dramas. It started to read more like a daytime serial drama rather than a mystery/thriller. Another thing that I didn’t like was when the author decided to preach a message about a current political hot-button issue – and claimed Jesus would have supported her position.

All in all, it is a good book with an interesting story and is an easy read. I did enjoy the letters in the back of the book that the author received from several well-known radio personalities. Each wondered if they were the inspiration for the main character.


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