James David Jordan,
Double Cross
(B&H, 2009)

An author's opening lines tell a lot about the book and whether you will want to read it or not. Double Cross starts here: "The day my mother came back into my life began with a low December fog and a suicide. Mom was not responsible for the fog." If this won't start your pulse racing, nothing will.

Taylor is beautiful and a top private investigator, yet she is haunted by her mom's disappearance and her Special Forces father's death. She's investigating an embezzlement case when her Mother shows up 20 years after she left Taylor at age 9.

Of course, nothing in this book is what it seems to be. The embezzlement certainly isn't. Her mother isn't capable of being what Taylor wants.

This book is billed as a Christian novel. I'm not sure of the definition is appropriate. There's no bad language, no direct sex, but not a lot of Christian philosophy, either. Either way, Double Cross is a good fast read that is suitable for teens and up.

book review by
Becky Kyle

12 March 2011

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