Sunday, October 4, 2009

Double Cross-James David Jordan

Double Cross
James David Jordan
B&H, Oct 2009, $14.99
ISBN: 9780805447545

Taylor Pasbury gained her experience from her late Special Forces dad who raised her as a single parent starting when she was nine as her mom deserted both of them. She gained bureaucratic experience working for the Secret Service and now as she is closing in on thirty runs her own personal protection service firm in Dallas.

She and her client twenty years old Kacey Mason are meeting the personal assistant of the latter’s recently murdered father to discuss with Elise Howden what happened to a half million dollars missing from the Simon Mason World Ministries. Kacey is more than just a client as her dad the famous late televangelist Simon stopped Taylor’s destructive freefall; she owes him and is paying him by being a big sister to his daughter. The pair find Elise dead inside her running car in what looks like a suicide by a FORSAKEN person caught embezzling. With the Lewisville police, FBI Agent Michael Harrison, and the return of mom, Taylor’s efforts to investigate Elise’s carbon monoxide death is crowded though her taking a thumb drive serendipitously from the vehicle goes a long way to clear the fog even if the laptop is missing. The real crowding comes from someone who wants Taylor and Kacey to end their inquiry.

Double Cross is an exhilarating inspirational investigative thriller starring a kick butt born again heroine who seeks redemption by being there for Kacey; just like their fathers were there for her when she most needed guidance, love and salvation. Ironically, the return of mom is a new test for Taylor as she struggles to forgive. The investigation is super with several terrific twists as James David Jordan cleverly wraps his message of to forgive is the divine path to redemption inside the inquiry.

Harriet Klausner